Processing Change

Processing Change

As believers we have benefits. (Isaiah 103:1-5) One of those benefits is God sharing his secrets with us. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”  Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” and lastly Psalm 25:15 says, “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”  Bottom line, God is not keeping secrets but in order to know what is precious to him, we must seek him to interpret the mysteries. I’m sure you’ve heard it said, “Anything worth having is worth fighting for.”  The same goes for the secrets of God. They are available only to be found in communion with him.

God desires to prepare us for change. Yes, some things can catch us off guard but God was not keeping secrets to cause us harm.  More than likely we were lulled by distractions and busyness. They seem to go hand in hand.  The minute we feel God pulling us closer, the enemy turns up the heat. During those moments it can be easy to slip away and miss God’s drawing for preparation. 

The first sign of change is sensing something is not the same or that change is coming.  God speaks to us in many ways; an unexpected conversation that opens up a pathway of revelation, or a literal sign on a billboard  that you cannot shake, are all subtle ways the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention. The wrong thing to do would be to ignore the signs and keep holding on to that which makes you feel safe and secure.  That’s a surefire way of being caught off guard. Steady yourself, slow down, get with God and pay attention to the slightest nudge. 

Once you have awakened and accepted that change is coming, you will soon find yourself in what I call purgatory.  You know, the place between heaven and hell. The root word for purgatory is purge.  In this place you will find yourself reflecting and attempting to hold on to comfort and success. You may be angry, sad, hopeless or proud and clinging to your accomplishments.  It may seem at times that you are crazy to let go of such success or you may become disappointed that success did not manifest as you desired.  This reminds me of the big shift Oprah Winfrey faced when deciding to end the “Oprah Winfrey Show” to start her own network.  Clearly the “Oprah Show” was a great success and brought her great wealth but signs of change were present.  She knew she had grown as much as possible in that role and was faced with the choice to walk away and start something new or to settle into her success. Now I can hear someone saying well it was easy because she had plenty of money to do whatever she wanted. I agree, but I’ve learned that the lack of, or the abundance of money does not bring happiness or purpose; it only provides choices and convenience. 

If you’ve trudged through purgatory you will somehow find the ability to take those dreams and visions you toyed with and solidify them.  You begin to put pen to paper, you dream big, do your research and venture out clueless in the dark toward that which drives your inner man. You’ve abandoned all, but you have yet to possess your new. At least now, there is no turning back.  No place to return to for the door has been sealed shut.  This place can be the most difficult of all, you may feel as if you made a mistake, missed God and will attain the promise he’s given you.  My friend, the opposite is true.  Keep plowing, keep believing and keep your eyes focused on the prize.  

As you take baby steps, little by little, you will begin to take ground, broaden your territory, and begin to establish new purpose.  Nothing else matters here.  You simply tighten your boot straps and continue to do what’s necessary to get to your promise.  Sometimes this means working while building a business on the side.  While for others, it means leaving all behind and starting off brand new.  Either way, you know to keep moving, keep believing, and don’t you dare let go.

As your faithfulness and discipline take root you begin to establish yourself in the new territory.  Your vision has not only began to grow but is now taking root. You’ve laid a firm foundation and all fear is gone. Here you see the fruit of your labor and have fully cycled through what was necessary for you to ascend.  You have finally made it.  But my friend, never get comfortable where you are. Instead, learn to enjoy the season and its fruit. But most importantly, always draw nigh to God, seek His face, inquire of His wisdom as you journey through new seasons.  For only he knows the plans he has for you and he would love more than anything to share them with you.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

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