Never Always: Worship Amid Transition
- 2016 15 Jul
Do you ever feel as though you're in a twilight zone? You aren't where you want to be and you're not where you used to be, but for the life of you, you just can't seem to move away from where you are? I've felt like that for several weeks now and I've just about decided that all I can do is embrace the moment and trust that God knows where He's taking me.
I would imagine that Abram felt this way when God called him to leave his home and his family and go to a land that God would show him. That had to be, at the very least, an awkward journey. I can just hear his friends asking, "So, Abram, where are you going?" to which Abram had to reply, "I don't know." I can just see them scratching their heads and wondering if Abram had totally lost his mind!
After the Israelites had journeyed for 40 years in the desert, they too stood at a crossing over point. They had heard the stories of how God had parted the Red Sea years before, but, hey, that was old history! Now it was THEM standing there and their leader, Joshua, didn't have a staff to hold up over the Jordan. How could they be sure that God was really directing this bold move? What would they find when they got to the other side? Was it really going to be worth the effort to cross over into their Promise Land? Maybe they'd be better off to just stay where they were and keep doing what they knew had been working for them!
All of these are questions that we ask in various ways when God has us in a place of transition. "Where am I going? Did I really hear God? We've never done that before?" are questions that run like a roller coaster through our minds. Part of our problem is that we get used to the way things have been and we just aren't sure we want to do things differently. We somehow think that the view we have is all there is and God couldn't possibly want us to leave the place that HE brought us to. The truth is that while God is the same, yesterday and forever, our lives are not. We only see in part and we only know a small portion of who God is and what He is doing. It is sheer arrogance on our part to believe that things will always stay the same and that we will always know everything that God is doing.
God is never always. He can do more than we can hope, ask or think because He is infinitely bigger than our minds can grasp. He is working all things to good for His Kingdom purposes and in His mercy He allows us to join Him here on earth. His Kingdom is an ever expanding Kingdom of love, joy and peace that reaches farther than our human hearts are willing to extend. His grace is amazing in that it sets us free from the past and empowers us to live each moment of every day.
So why do I say all this? Because if you're in a place of transition don't let the moment pass you by. Embrace the place of stillness that God has you in. Rest in His love and let His peace settle over you like a warm blanket on a cold winter's day. It could be that the strength you receive today will be exactly what you need to cross your Jordan or make an unknown journey with God. Don't allow your mind to throw accusing thoughts of what you might have done to get here; those thoughts are not from God so don't entertain them. You may not have been this way before, but God has been strategically working behind the scenes to bring you here. He wants your undivided attention so that He can give you His grace and His plans for the journey ahead. The way you have gone before will not take you through this next season. You will need fresh manna and new revelation for what lies ahead. God is never always, but He is forever love.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for leading me and guiding me into Your truth. Forgive me Lord when I have not been willing to move with You. Help me to be still in this place of transition and know that You are God. Thank You that You have new adventures for me and that You will be walking with me every step of the way. Open my eyes to so that I can see from your perspective the road that lies ahead. All that I am and all that I'm not I surrender to You. In Jesus Name, AMEN
Cinde Lucas is an ordinary person, who happens to LOVE to encourage and motivate people! She has a passion to share the Love of God with people and to let them know that God is GOOD and He has an AWESOME plan for their lives! Cinde truly desires to lead people into a closer relationship with God through music; her prayer is that the ministry we share will uplift and encourage people to be all that God created them to be. Visit Overflow Ministries at www.CindeLucas.com.
Original publication date: March 20, 2010