As I was riding in my car one morning, I was reflecting on the words spoken at a bible study that I attended [Prayer in the Closet]. The main point of the message was that when following Jesus, we actually have to move. It made me think about the Great American Service Trip that I recently went on and the events that preceded the trip that almost prevented me from going. The Great American Service Trip was a three week cross country road trip where we drove from Atlanta to San Diego and back, stopping in various cities to do service projects and speaking engagements.
Through following Gods desires for my life, former certainties have been made uncertain so that I can properly focus on God. For the sake of clarity, these uncertainties looked like insufficient funds to pay rent or money to pay bills. Not only are these uncertainties a challenge for me, they make my decisions look extremely crazy. Consequently, before I left for the trip, I went to my parents to ask for money and theny not only said no, they discouraged me from going on this trip. Neither one of them intended to hurt me; they simply saw no wisdom in going on a trip when I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from. [Honestly, I barely understood why I was going; I just knew that something amazing was going to happen that would change my life.] Their words and opinions shook my mind and heart to the point where I told my friend Kristin that I wasn’t going on the trip. I told her that I was just going to stay in Atlanta to try and figure something out on my own. Being the amazing friend that Kristin is, she told me that if I knew that I was supposed to go on this trip then I better go. She said that if I try and ‘figure something out’, there is a strong possibility that nothing will change because if I could fix everything, I would have by now. She encouraged that if I go on the trip, I could potentially get the very thing that I need in order to change me and my situation.
Kristin was right. Going on the trip changed my entire mindset on life. Like my entire mindset. I was waiting on something great to happen to show me that I was really hearing from God. God revealed to me that I couldn’t/cant experience the miraculous if I’m just waiting on it to happen. I have to actually do what He says in order to receive any blessing, clarity, or to see Him do anything amazing. I thought about Jesus. Imagine if Jesus would have just stood around and waited for God to move. If He would have just stood and waited for a man to get healing before He believed that it was possible. If Jesus would have just stayed put instead of ‘going on the trip’ would we even be talking about Him today?
That old saying of “You can’t keep doing the same old thing and expect different results” is true! There is a parable in Matthew 25:28 where a man has two sons. He tells the first son to go work in the field; the son says yes, but does not move. He tells the second son to go work in the field, this son says ‘no’ but eventually gets up to do the work. Which son do you think the man was pleased with? He was pleased with the one that said no but did the work anyway. Saying that you are going to follow Jesus, and then not taking the step, is equivalent to you saying no. Saying that you want to see and do the miraculous and then continuing to do the same old things you’ve always done, is equivalent to you saying “I want things to stay the same”. Saying that you want your life to be different and then making the decisions to stay in the same habits is equivalent to you saying “I want my life to be different but I don’t want it to be different”. It doesn’t make any sense.
During The Great American Service Trip, I thought about how we drove through the Southwest and experienced frequent rainstorms.[ I wrote about it here]. These rain storms would come out of nowhere and they would be extremely heavy to the point where it would be hard to see but they would only last for about 3-5 minutes at the most. Kristin made a point that during these storms we try to slow down or pull over in efforts to ‘wait the storm out’ when in reality if we would have just kept going, we would have been out of the storm before we knew it. God gave me a comparison; I imagined myself standing in a valley (My situation) and I thought about my statement that “I’m just going to try and work something out on my own”. It’s easy for us to get so caught up in the things going on around us that we lose focus, or in some cases never focus, on what God is saying to do. God is always leading us out of the valley and to the top of the other side. Because we focus on where we are, we start to try and find ways to survive in the valley; instead of following the path that leads us to the top. So imagine God is leading you to a place that you truly desire to be, but because you have stopped focusing on Him, you start looking for things around you that will help you stay sane and comfortable where you are. God has purpose for all of us to do, and as Sherane said at the bible study, this is not the time for people to be useless. Focus on what God has told you to do and keep moving. Stop waiting for things to happen, because they won’t happen until you make the decision to move. Keep walking after the first step; and that means following every instruction given to you. Just do what you know you need to do.
Which leads me to this blog; I made the decision to start it, created it and then I started waiting until I got all the pieces before I launched or promoted it. Then I realized what I was doing! Even though I made the decision and started taking steps, at some point I stopped moving and started waiting. No more waiting! God has proven that it’s not until I begin walking, that I find the pieces that I need to continue the journey.
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