Hey everyone! It’s nice to be back.
A lot has shifted in the past few months, so without boring you with details there was one overarching thing that happened…transition. How do you respond when you are ready to move and God doesn’t move? Better yet, when God finally doe s moves and you have been ready? Too often we are ready for the wrong things limiting God’s motion and activity to what we describe God as. Today, we describe the transitions of life, how we have responded to God-tivity and what life is like when things occur out of the ordinary. Ready? We are going to try!
So I’ve dusted off my cowgirl boots and found my way back to Nashville, TN and what a ride it has been. This been an amazing journey that has solidified our relationship and allows us to focus on the next level of our ministry. Not only has this shift in life been a physical transition but mostly a spiritual transition. If you have followed our blog, Justin and I began our journey of courting as a Long Distance couple. As we grew together, it became increasingly difficult for us especially over the summer filled with uncertainty. Both Justin and I were in a place ready to move forward and upward and it seem as if life was giving everything but what we wanted (or so we thought). It seemed liked the bigger we dreamed and the harder we prayed we would get knocked around. Every door was closing and our relationship was being tested like never before. It was a long three months of depression, blame, uncertainty, hope, and desire but three months I wouldn’t change for the world. In the realization of our reality, God was constant yet my spiritual gaze shifted. We thought we knew what we wanted yet we no idea of what we needed, and by no means did it compare to what God had in store for us.
Although I was ready for this new season in life, I wasn’t quite settled spiritually. As life happened, I found my fellowship with God starting to change. For the first time in a long time I actually started resisting God. I was so concentrated on the hope of greater in my work life and in my relationships, I wanted all the things we prayed over to manifest how I wanted them and on my time table. Instead of reprieve, I would cause more strive in my life and relationships trying to fix things on my on. Instead of seeking peace that was already had inside of me. I wanted to place God in my comfort level of how I knew God in the past but fail to look at the possibility of what God could do. I thought liberation would come with the physical transition such as job opportunities for Justin, and us moving closer to one another. However, true liberation came from me understanding God in the midst of my impatience. When we final rested because we had no other option God provided like crazy.
In the end, I had to stop comparing God’s move of power to the previous moves he accomplished in the past and appreciate the newness of the transition he prepared for us. As that moment, I found myself moving to Nashville and every opportunity that did not open turned out to be Gods protection in the end. Everyday is a journey to mature my fellowship with Christ but a daily revival in the newness in life.
As you go through your own respective journey of transition, or desire of transition I urge you to wait on God in every aspect. Rejection is truly God protection in your life and ultimately for your purpose.
In Isaiah 43:18-20 God speaks to the Children of Israel and informs them that God is doing “A New Thing.” As I toiled and read over that text I noticed that “The New Thing” was not freedom or liberation, it was God’s forgiveness. God was giving them something that would unlock everything else in God’s divinity and kingdom….but God had to call it “new.” It bothered me until I really began to unpack the text. God was so tired of their unfaithfulness and ungratefulness that God decided to forgive them instead of freeing them from any oppressors. That…had…to…be…called…”A New Thing.” Rectifying this situation God decided to use them to minister to their enemies and move Israel forward. At the same time, there were years where Israel was praying for the wrong thing….God shifts them and shows how tired God was of watching them siting the mediocre. Transition up, out and into.
Have you ever been there? Where God has you moving forward yet you do not recognize you are the issue? Pausing God is truthfully standing at the crossroads of life running in quicksand not accepting the hope, the grace, the mercy and the assistance on a tightrope that God extends on a daily basis. In order to speed up my process, I noticed that God slows us down. God is never at fault for the lack of motion in our lives, we are. Transition to the unknown is a faith filled proposition that forces us to lean over the balcony of life without knowing that it is connected to a bridge to destiny.
Reimagine your life opposed to the loud voices of culture, meals of injustice and tapestry of foolishness that pervades our everyday life. The children of Israel were more consumed in their past victories that they could not forsee “newness” outside of subjective freedom. Truth does set us free, yet when God displays it through God-tivity, we cannot accept it for our finite minds cannot hold onto the divinity of God. Let me say, that is not a bad thing! God is pausing you to transition you to what you do not even know what to pray for! Your persistent faith will propel you because God is seeking to keep you close, not necessarily to bless you with what you want. This is a hard lesson I had to learn.
The summer was one of the longest seasons of my personal life. I was faced with opportunities and challenges. My issue was that I did not take advantage of all of my opportunities and viewed my challenges as problems. Therefore I missed enjoying the movement of God by dwelling in the frustration of the “now” moment
So how does this play into our relationship and love and life? Here’s how. Presence. Both Courtney and I have experienced transition. I have in Ministry and our relationship. Going from phone calls to couch potato living has been wonderful, but it was full of transition. Courtney and I have grown by getting back into the Word of God. That was the missing piece that we left out that informed our actions and relationship. With God back in, we have not only strengthened who we are as a couple, it also cemented our future in ministry both personally and (prophetically) globally.
What should we do in seasons of transition? Lets consider the children of Israel.
1. Open your Hands (Isaiah 43:18) The children of Israel were dwelling on past victories only, but the present matters! Now that sounds great, but can I spin it? Love your ambition that was built upon your past! The fact is, not one likes anyone who has Christian ambition, let it shine. Whom ever you are, embrace who you are as a person, but do not live in that past. You are the best student, husband, wife, girlfriend (insert you here) Embrace it, don’t live in it.
2. Open your Ears (Isaiah 43:18) God is speaking. That ought to be a great moment of gratefulness. God is speaking to whom we are as people as where you are. If God is speaking, it means that God is still watching and sees you. God’s voice acknowledges that God sees your strength; it is up to you! Do not negate God’s voice because it is not what you want to hear. For us, transition meant moving some things and people around in our lives. It wasn’t what we wanted to hear, but it has propelled us into a season that we saw coming.
3. Ready your Heart (Isaiah 43:18) God was pushing them to begin ministry to their enemies by first forgiving their own wickedness. Transition requires full surrender, something we did not learn until too late.
Do not miss the movement of God, not because God is not moving, but because the freedom God has for you may not be “freedom” or “liberation” but God forgiving you and giving you “A New Thing” to push you beyond the murky waters of life. Reach up, grab God’s tightrope and hold on. You have been ready to move, let God do the work.
-Justin and Courtney
Hey everyone! It’s nice to be back.