By: Njeri Archer
SAY WHAT?“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” .Matthew 16:25
The word ‘QUIT’, appeared in full caps repeatedly for months. God revealed himself in every imaginable sign to confirm this word. Initially ignoring the vision induced circumstantial squeezing. The opportunity to exchange comforts for God’s greater vision presented itself. Our bond was sealed with obedience and trembling. Gut feelings resonated with leaps of faith.
A STILL SMALL VOICE“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19
The right move appeared insane. Resistance and fear spun like a tornado. My logical mind listed a myriad of reasons why this ‘QUIT’ cannot be from God’. Thoughts like, ‘I must be imagining things’ and ‘what if (fill in the blank)’ accompanied it. It was a soul choice. It was a test of faith.
God: ‘I’m proud of you’
Loops and silence filled time. Naturally, eyeball emoj’s would be inserted here to recount my state. The words: ‘Behold, I do a new thing’ subtly came to my spirit. It brought comfort in a season of trials and pruning. Messengers and witnesses confirmed the suddenly and the new. The familiar fell away. Time passed with silence, separation and stubborn challenges. Extremes of excitement and terror followed my yes.
Imagine a sailor yelling at a distance, ‘don’t look at the waves’! Peter’s water walking miracle testified to the power of focused gaze. This story also demonstrated what happens when our attention shifts from where we’re going to what’s under our feet. To keep it real, the process was an internal spar, but God faithfully affirmed his love and promises.
WAIT ON THE LORD
‘Behold, I do a new thing’ appeared again when I opened the bible. Ego baited survival dreams and thoughts of that ‘old thang’. Best-and-worst case scenarios played in vain extremities. With the word, it was ‘casted down’. Flashes of Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt made the unknown extremely appealing.
The Holy Spirit settled it. Fuzzy revelations became clear. The same word was confirmed by three prophetic voices. Peace began with steps of faith. Rest began in mystery.
Many can relate to wilderness seasons necessitating words like ‘fear not’ or ‘only be strong and courageous’ when the range between promises and instruction seem afar off or naturally impossible. God is with us and continually reminds us of his love and the certainty of his Word. It never fails. Though life and faith bring tough moments, give thanks for everything, even when it doesn’t make sense.
LESSONS ON THE GLOW UP
- Worship is a superpower and prayer changes everything.
- Divine secrets are in the present moment.
- God’s will and intentions for us are good and his promises are sure.
- God’s Word is true and holds greater weight than the words of man.
- God is present and faithful at every life level.
- If we are willing and obedient, we’ll ‘eat the good of the land’.
- Jesus saves in real life.
WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT
No human being knows us better than our Creator. God alone holds the keys to our destinies. Transparency with God transforms, empowers, redeems and restores the moment we accept the gift of grace in Christ. In faith, we let go of all we once knew to discover who we truly are. Though temptations bait, love draws. Freedom and real healing lives in the will of God’. The way out is in. The way up is down. When life gets heavy or obstacles challenge our belief, feel and keep it real with the One that retains the word and power to deliver and set free. There is power in the name of Jesus. If you ask, he will come.
“A NEW THING”