Many of you are on a God-mission and yet the future is not yet clear. That is where I am also. You have heard God say "go" and yet when you look for the right direction, it still is not as clear as you like. Sometimes there's silence when you call out and listen for His voice. Sometimes you feel as if you are in a dry spell, hidden from fulfilling what He has placed in your heart. Alicia Britt Chole written words (quoted in green) have challenged me to ponder this more.
Imagine Jesus, with God's divine power and calling breathing and bursting within him, waking up each morning, turning to Father God in prayer and asking, "are we there yet?"
My friend, replace Jesus name with your own and re-read that statement. Is His divine power breathing and bursting within you? Did you ever think you would want to speak those words "are we there yet" after hearing them as a parent so many times? Yet, what does that say about our heart when we pray those words---I say yes--- I am willing to be made willing---transform me Lord.
Alicia's book looks at the anonymous years of Christ between His childhood and when He came back to scripture as a young man of 30. She stated:
A God-size mission pulsated in His heart, but He was not free to explain it, proclaim it, to actively pursue it.
There is a God-size mission in all of us. As we sometimes feel frustrated that it may not be moving as quickly towards your hearts goal as you think, God's timing is vital. Jesus was there during those anonymous years, being groomed and equipped for His purpose, God's meaasage of love and grace, and the same is true for us. So then should not our prayer be "Lord, you have placed a God-size mission in my heart and living this calling out is pulsating through the core of my being. Equip me to understand your will, to proclaim your work in my life, and to freely pursue this calling."?
Do you feel your calling, your dream is being delayed? This time of silence, of being "hidden" can be discouraging when in reality it should not. I have to ask what influences you in achieving your calling? I tend to allow the thoughts of others to influence me from stepping forward. What may keep you hidden from the work of God? Do you feel unqualified, not good enough, not wise enough?
"What does it build in us? What grows in the underestimated gap between God's calling and others' perceptions, between our true capabilities and our current realities?"
I challenge you to explore this with your God for it is between you and Him.
If you are living in a period on what Alicia refers to as "anonymous years", a time of being hidden from what you feel God has called you to do, be encouraged by her next statement...
"But in the anonymous seasons we must hold tightly to the truth that no doubt strengthened Jesus throughout His hidden years: Father God is neither care-less nor cause-less with how He spends our lives. When He calls a soul simultaneously to greatness and obscurity, the fruit-if we wait for it-can change the world."
Living in truth...real truth of who we are in Christ, not who we are in ourselves. That is our calling before we even venture to fulfill anything else, such as this God-size mission we have pulsating in our heart. For my own spiritual journey, this is not a coincidence that the next blog Bible study hosted by Lelia (http://leliachealey.blogspot.com/) with Lisa Whittle's new book "Behind Those Eyes" is to start in a few weeks. It's a God thing...again!!
A delayed destiny or a time of equipping? It's both and it just part of walking in faith. I pray these words I have shared from my quiet time has stirred your own thoughts within your God-size calling and life mission.
In Him~Pamela (MrsJoeB)