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THE LINES OF PURPOSE IN YOUR LIVES NEVER GROW SLACK, TIGHTLY TIED AS THEY ARE TO YOUR FUTURE IN HEAVEN, KEPT TAUT BY HOPE. (COLOSSIANS 1:5 MSG)
Have you ever asked yourself this question, “What on earth does God intend for me to do with my life?” I honestly think that one time or another in life we all have asked this question. It’s an easy question to ask, but for many of us, a difficult question to answer. Why? Because God’s purposes aren’t always clear to us. Sometimes we wander aimlessly in a wilderness of our own making. And sometimes, we struggle mightily against God in an unsuccessful attempt to find success and happiness through our own means, not His.
Almost six years ago, my husband and I knew our thirty year season of pastoral care, ministering, counseling and teaching at the local church we had given our lives to was coming to a close. The Lord was leading and directing our ministry and life down an entirely different path. However; little did we know at the time what kind of direction that path would take or look like. Talk about a scary place to find yourself when you’re in your sixties. It was a journey led completely by the Holy Spirit. It was a journey of many doors being “slammed shut” and a few being opened. It has been a journey of knowing that they are called to us and us to them. And, one that has taught us some pretty valuable lessons. Oh yes, I asked the question many times to myself…”What do you want for me and for us to do in this life for you Dear God?” It was a very tender, sweet and yet humbling time as my husband and I sought the Lord daily and almost hourly for direction. This journey has been one of priceless learning lessons and tremendous growth and understanding of the ways of God and His leading. We’ve learned how to completely trust Him and to lean not on our own understanding. His ways certainly are not the ways of man. As you draw near to Him, He will help to get you into the “NEW SEASON.” We are living proof of this.
I learned through the days, weeks and months we endured the “not knowing” for our future that suffering reveals character. As my husband and I searched for God’s will for our lives, those words have become even more evident to us. I learned that suffering in the “not knowing” didn’t produce character but was revealing character. Amazing isn’t it? I am so grateful that God is still in the business of reaching down and lifting people out of difficult situations. I learned that you REALLY CAN always write a “NEW CHAPTER” to your life – don’t remain in the chapter you’re now in when God is moving you forward into a brand new chapter and season. Take His hand and let Him lead you! We have taken this experience in our own life and come through it as Gold. Our ministry, Destiny Navigators (www.DestinyNavigators.org), is now to other churches, leaders and people and we are seeing the hand of a mighty God at work. We have experienced FREEDOM as God leads us ~ a Freedom like none other. This FREEDOM has produced some pretty awesome life changing experiences and encounters in a Spirit Led life and ministry for us.
Only God’s chosen task will ultimately satisfy. Do not wait until it is too late to realize the privilege of serving Him in His chosen position for you. In the very place where God has put us, whatever its limitations, whatever kind of work it may be, we may indeed serve Christ. How do I love God? By doing beautifully the work I have been given to do, by doing simply that which he entrusted to me, in whatever form it may take. His life is our light … our purpose and meaning and reason for living! Psalm 32: 8 – “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you. I will give counsel.”
Sometimes, God’s intentions will be clear to you; other times, God’s plan will seem uncertain at best. But even on those difficult days when you are unsure which way to turn, you must never lose sight of these overriding facts: God created you for a reason; He has important work for you to do; and He’s waiting patiently for you to do it. And the next step is up to you. Get involved in your own life!
MY PRAYER THIS DAY ~ Dear Lord, You are the Creator of the universe, and I know that Your plan for my life is grander than I can imagine. Let Your purposes be my purposes, and let me trust in the assurance of Your promises. Amen!