Recently an unsettling took up residence in my heart.
Not a dark foreboding unsettling, but a sense that the Lord is moving me into a new season of life.
My soul suddenly longed for a more purposeful contentment.
At odd moments in the day I stop and ponder if I'm being who God needs me to be at this stage in my relationship and walk with Jesus. Am I too comfortable, treading the same spiritual waters for too long and not venturing further out from the safety of my comfortable shoreline? Am I avoiding the ripples of change?
My spirit senses something new is coming.
"What kind of change will this be?" I ask Him, but at the moment no sure answer has become clear, only to be patient, pray, study the Word and not run ahead with plans or ideas sprouted from human assumptions.
Years ago this would have unsettled me, but over time experience has assured me that pressing into Jesus whilst walking through times of uncertainty is not the grueling experience I once imagined it to be because causing us to be overwhelmed with anxiety is not in His nature.
In our flesh we may panic, fearing a loss of control and dreading things we imagine may happen even when they have not, but dear one, cast those thoughts aside because those reactions are not God-given. Always consider the nature of our Father, the LOVE He poured out through the sacrifice of His own Son, the anguish He personally suffered for each and every one of us that we may have life.
God is gracious and gentle, knowing you and I intimately and more honestly than we know ourselves so we can trust that the plan He has for us will not be difficult to understand when it is revealed at exactly the right time.
We simply need to trust, believe and accept that God's plan for each individual's life is good and never for harm. My life and yours has a purpose, a very specific and unique purpose, one that God will fulfill if we are available and willing to follow His lead.
How do I know this to be true?
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you", says the Lord, "thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
and He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down,
for the Lord upholds him with His hand."
So while I'm in this season of change and not yet sure of the direction it will take my earthly life, it is with contentment I rest in Jesus and allow Him to do what needs to be done in order that I may be ready when the road before me brings a change of scenery and direction.
For He must change me first from the inside out and much of that will be achieved by immersing myself in God's Word in order to identify areas of my life which need adjustment or repentance.
Only then will I be equipped for what lies ahead, for the Lord equips us for every good thing.
"All Scripture is given my inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Are you in a new season of growth or change in your life walk with Jesus?
What verses are you holding dear right now?
I'd love you to share them below in the comments that we may all be encouraged.
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
Blessings dear siblings-in-Christ,