If you’ve been following my series we have been on the Holy Ghost carpet ride, had intimate conversations with God, and dared to be “all in” while we shine for Christ! So what does it all mean? All of it means absolutely nothing if you don’t trust Him. You have to know God for yourself. Yes, we’ll read the book, hear other’s testimonies, and read biblical stories on how He supernaturally provided for others. But how many of us really believe He’ll do it for us? God is calling us to be immediately obedient and trust Him to provide.
I can personally relate. I “accidentally” received instructions to move to my next level in 2017. Nothing is ever by accident when you’re God’s child. In other words, God hand-delivered instructions that it was time to leave my job. Instead, I was too focused on external circumstances and was confused on timing so I did not move. Basically, fear sabotaged it all. I had lost focus on the Who. After much prayer and an encounter with God, I learned that I was, indeed, supposed to take the leap that year. As a result of not moving, 2018 was complete torture, at times, in the place God was calling me out of. There were many times at my job where I had to drop to my knees in my edit bay and thank God for getting me through mentally grueling assignments when I had to kindly deal with selfish, nasty and insensitive people who treated me very unkind. And with a schedule that was so jammed packed with working a full-time job, running a business, leading a ministry and active in two others, higher than normal doses of family drama regarding siblings, and my daughter being in her senior year of high school, I was barely able to keep my head above water. BUT GOD!!! I THANK GOD for his grace and mercy that got me through it all. I had to repent and ask for forgiveness for being disobedient.
This was my edit bay. It was home for nearly 20 1/2 years.
Me turning my work ID in
It’s paramount to be immediately obedient to what God is telling you to do. There is a bigger picture that we are unaware of. God is the conductor and we’ve got to move to make our divine connections. That’s not to say that He won’t bless us in the state where we are. He’s God and He can bring opportunities back around, although they may not look the same, but it’s best to be obedient the first time. There will be consequences if you don’t. I heard a sermon by Pastor Karen Pressley in 2017—the same year I was supposed to take the leap. She said, “Always be where God is and not where He was.”
Today, I can say with complete confidence that I am where God IS and not where He WAS. I didn’t miss it. I’m living in the next level! I’m being used for His Kingdom agenda. Beloved, my prayer for you is that when He speaks to you, that you will be immediately obedient (no matter what) and watch God do the impossible in your life!
Are you being obedient?
When I look back, I kept moving the dates of my leap (leaving the job) and waiting for history to repeat itself (a buyout) so that I could have a more comfortable next level experience. I was making it all about me. What God calls us into won’t always be a comfortable one because there are lessons attached. How will we ever experience His provision or grow our faith if we don’t jump? What I failed to see was that God was doing a new thing just as He told me in Isaiah 43:18-19.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
God will speak directly to you through His Word. He was saying the following: “Forget the the job. That’s in your past. Look at what I am doing Kenya! Don’t you see it? I am working it out for you in what everybody else would say is the impossible.” I get chills and confirmation every time I read that scripture. I also want to hit myself upside the head too (haha).