Before we moved into this new stage of leaving our city to pursue the ministry call on our hearts, I had written about my renewed commitment to pray for my husband, son and God’s will for our lives. I knew that he was stirring something up within us, and felt an urgency to pray it into existence.
The last two weeks have been such a whirlwind. Sometimes I’ve felt like I can scarcely breathe from the sudden changes, ups and downs. I haven’t stuck to my commitment to prayer, and the enemy has totally been allowed to bring discouragement to my soul.
Often when the Lord brings people into a new season, answering prayers He’s been petitioned for, they leave him to continue finishing off the job on their own. How do I know this? Well it’s in our human nature.
The Israelites were rescued in powerful, awesome ways over and over, and the Lord had to say this to them, regarding their relationship to him during their new season of life:
The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land, be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. You must fear the Lord your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.
Deuteronomy 6:11-13 (emphasis mine)
For me right now, I feel like God is saying,
“As you get ready to move to your new city, look for new houses, start new jobs, and make new friends, do not forget me, I am the Lord who prepared you and brought you here.”
The Lord doesn’t simply make an entrance, he paves a way. He sets a course before us. It’s when we try to do things on our own and on our own strength that we get ourselves into trouble.
Last night, my husband and I were pouring over house listings and details, until we were so exhausted and frustrated, we got in an argument and went to bed. We didn’t pray, we didn’t remember the one who was bringing us through this, we tried to do it on our own. We’re pretty brutal at it. When we do it on our own there is really no peace.
God is way better at doing things anyway! He can make a way when there is no way!
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.
It’s funny, God totally orchestrated the sale of our house, and we were so amazed at his goodness and faithfulness. And within two days I was getting worried and stressed about the purchase of our new house. Did I so quickly forget the mighty way of the Lord?
So friends, I’m releasing this all yet again. I choose to spend time with the Lord, BEFORE looking online for houses and BEFORE packing. I am going to let the Lord be the one to finish the good work that he has started (Philippians 1:6) and continue in my commitment to prayer.
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you
live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.