Are you experiencing a change in your life right now? I imagine you are in some state of flux just as I am. Whether it’s children beginning summer break, a job change, a move, an injury, or becoming empty nesters. At one time or another, we all go through some changes that shake up our normal patterns of living, changes that God can use for His glory if we let Him. I am discovering the power of allowing God to breathe life into the change I am experiencing and allowing Him to guide the pace of my settling in to those changes.
Change can be hard, I find it uncomfortable at times and at other times, it is exhilarating. For me, as I am trying to find a new rhythm of life in a new season, I am finding the need to lean more into God than I ever imagined. In the silences of the day, I must remind myself that God has a plan and purpose for this new season and that I need to act and work with Him to live out that purpose, even if it happens to be not quite crystal clear.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
For myself, I am finding a couple of practical things are helping me during this season of change.
I am learning to allow God to breathe life into each moment of my day. Allowing His life-sustaining breath to uphold me, encourage me and direct my steps. I am allowing myself the permission to take some extra time each day to read my bible and allow God to fuel me through His Word. His word is providing me peace and encouragement as I dive deeper in each morning. He has given me this life and continues to breathe into me each day, sustaining me in amazing ways. He knows the path before me, He has prepared the way, now I need to open myself up to His call and expectantly follow His lead.
And, I know I also need to move myself to action. I can’t just sit back and expect a miraculous light to point the way. (Although that would be awesome and is not beyond God’s power) but, God requires me to move and try things so that He can show me the way more clearly. In essence to re-define, or should I say, hone the spiritual gifts He has given me.
I am finding myself shifting my perspective of what each day will look like. As I learn to navigate a new community, I must listen more closely for God’s promptings in what to do and pay more attention to each encounter I have. It’s a much more mindful approach to living each day in comparison to how I lived before. I have a daily choice, either stay in the safety net of home or take a risk and discover a more fruit filled life in the hand of God.
Where is God be calling you to step out of your safety net and take a risk? Take God’s hand and take the risk. Choose to embrace these life changes with an expectant heart, knowing God will breathe new life into you and He will produce a bountiful harvest for His glory.
“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4)