On to the Next....Launching Season!
Anybody else feeling a shaking going on?!?!? Well let me speak for myself if no one is in that season. My position overseas has been a roller coaster ride. Every moment I was on a steady forward pace, there was a quick turn right, left, or a massive drop. I began to wonder if the inconsistency of my journey was a reflection of something wrong and then the Holy Spirit reminded me that my loyalty to staying somewhere is so strong that it takes a quick change of direction to get me to move.
We are often taught to ride things out to the end and then there are those times when we are instructed to walk away from the plan we’ve created in our minds. In my mind, I was moving to stay in one place remain debt free and live with an increase. What really happened?!?! Let’s just say there’s a shortage of integrity in many parts of the world, stewardship really is a beneficial gift, and I have been blessed to move on yet again (Book 2 will provide a more detailed explanation). To a logical somewhat overly analytical person who functions off of perfection and worries about how people view them, my situation looks pretty bad, but through the eyes of God I’m allowing him to lead me where he needs me to be.
You see that discomfort and pressure that I often experience is usually God’s sign that something new is coming and I’m about to take yet another leap of faith. It’s like a woman giving birth and experiencing hours of contractions. The pain from what I’ve been told is excruciating, but eventually she gives her final push and births a new child. That is exactly how my life can be described lately. It’s been full of labor pains, but now the birth of something new has come upon from me yet again.
I say this to encourage myself and you that the shaking and discomfort we are experiencing is to propel us forward like a space shuttle or rocket preparing for lift off. It’s fueled by heat and pressure, and then it’s released into the sky. That same level of pressure used to shoot a space shuttle or rocket in the air is what activates us to move into our next. We don’t know what next looks like, and the journey towards it isn’t always a smooth transition, but we can rest assure that any next created by God will only take us to a better place in life. Disclaimer: That better place may not feel better in the moment, but you will look back and say, “Aww God I see why that needed to happen that way and in that time!” So, please don’t wallow in unrest and weariness when things don’t look better. Keeping all this in mind who’s ready to birth their new thing and launch into the next?!?!?!?