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
Do you have plans for your life? Are you making the plans or is God? God has plans for you regardless of what you think is supposed to happen. Discovering what God has for you, requires some serious transition and this is not quick, seamless, or easy. Sometimes it is the most intense pain you have ever felt. Often we get so caught up in the pain, that we do not even notice the process, or what it is that God is trying to squeeze out of us. During birth, a mother has contractions and birth pains which prepares her for that last transition and then birth. There is a process.
Have hope! Keep your eyes fixed on Him, and don’t compare your story with the story of others. The game of comparison of someone else’s transition can be grounds for trouble and distract you from your purpose. This is your story, your book, your chapter, unique to you! That is how the Author intended it!
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may do according to all that is written in it. For then, you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Drown yourself in the Word. The degree to which you’re in tune with the Holy Spirit is the degree to which a transition is going to be measured. It’s when you are not willing to grow or change that things get even more tough. When you care about the bigger, future picture, and it’s purpose…..the transition will be worth it.
On the other hand, a No from God is a course changer. We are His sons and daughters and God anticipates our needs and knows what is best for you. He is our Father and Fathers sometimes say, “No,” although that no is not a rejection but it is protection. Sometimes you will have to hear no a number of times before you get a yes from God. Don’t get discouraged or distracted! An open door in the middle of a tough season does not necessarily mean it is time to leave. That “NO” you received means that He has something incredible waiting for you but remember good things don’t come easy.
I think it is normal to be hesitant or scared to transition. Transition means change. I just don’t know many people who like change or walk through it without a bit of resistance. Transition is such a struggle because you are in the process of inheriting what God has for you and any inheritance from God is a disinheritance from the enemy…and he doesn’t like that.
Be encouraged. Know that God has a plan for you! The enemy will do everything he can to discourage you, he is very sneaky. He will distort and confuse, all while trying to get us to engage with him. Engaging with the enemy prevents us from getting into position to receive what God has for us. He will use strongholds to separate us from God’s plan for us. In Joshua, he tells of how he was commissioned by God to complete the task began by Moses and lead the people across the Jordan and into the Promise Land. I am sure when God spoke to Joshua he was not only overwhelmed by the presence of God, but the possibly intimidating task of filling the shoes of Moses. I think everyone wants to believe they have a higher calling. Sometimes our vision of that higher calling is not what God intended for us, regardless He does have a more for you. If you listen carefully He has promises for you. Joshua 3:7 God said to Joshua “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” This was not only a promise of God’s presence being with Joshua in this journey and new season but God was empowering Joshua to walk into this position He had for him. He was restoring confidence in Joshua. This is not to be mistaken for pride. Pride comes when you think you know who you are, confidence is knowing who you when God stands with you, when you are in Christ.
Be obedient. Are you standing at the bank of the Jordan? Walk into what He has for you, surrendering all that you have for Him. Joshua’s transition all came down to obedience. Our response to God is rooted in one of two things; fear or love. When we feel the tugging of the Holy Spirit to move, how will we will respond? Don’t think about the how but the why and what. It is a refining process and if you will just hold on tight, the why and what will be revealed. It is important to understand that your “YES!” is the launchpad into that next season, level or chapter of His plan for you. In order to reach the Promise Land Joshua and the Israelites had to cross the Jordan. Now this was during harvest time, as stated in Chapter 3 verse 15 “for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest.” This meant the gentle Jordan was now a raging river, swelled to flood stage, which was definitely uncrossable. Although, when obedience and faith are united they crossed the Jordan, as God held back the waters.
And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” Joshua 3:13
Be confident in God and the promises He has for you. God wants to restore confidence in you. He wants you to believe what He has for you will far surpass anything the world could offer and He will take care of your every need. Joshua stood before Jericho’s walls, when the Commander of the army of the Lord appeared before him. After realizing who he was speaking to he fell to his face and asked “What does the Lord say to His servant?” The Lord told him to take off his sandals because the place he stood was holy. Joshua was obedient and took his sandals off. God replaced what Joshua took off with the Armor of God. Joshua had to change his posture to receive what God had for him. We have to change our posture to receive what God has for us. God gave him the city of Jericho….he didn’t have to take it by his own might. If we just change our posture to receive what He has for us, trusting that all He has for us is nourishing and good, we won’t have to fight our own battles.
For those of you that are saying to yourself, “what if I missed my calling?” It is never too late to regain ground on you journey to His promise for you. As a dear friend and mentor said to me, “God stands outside of time and can redeem every moment.” So, be encouraged, be obedient, and be confident in the plans He has for you!