Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What If...

“I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” (Psalms 118:5)

There’s a “large place” that awaits you. You’ve cried. You’ve waited and you’ve pressed and now is the time. One translation says: “Pushed to the wall, I called to God…” You’ve been pushed to the wall. Mocked. Ridiculed. Talked about. Yet, you stood. Mistakes made. Apologies made, and now you’re standing at the crossroads of past woes and future hopes. You’re standing at the intersection of “small space” and “large space”. Your mind goes to all of the visions and dreams that you wrote down years before, and there’s and overwhelming voice inside screaming, declaring now is the time.

Oh, the crossroads.

While you’ve waited for this moment for more than a decade the feelings that you feel are mixed. You’re almost mourning what was, as a piece of you has died. Not in a bad way. As things, people, places, old mindsets must die in order for the new to begin; but you still find yourself sad. Cautious. Concerned. Worried. Even though you know you shouldn’t be. Even though you’re highly aware of the depth of God, the breadth to His ability to take care of you as you’ve been in worse seasons, but it's the thought of it being real. And "it" is whatever you deem “it” to be here in this context. It’s your why. In a world filled with resolutions, discounts at the gym, top of the year hopes, you've realized your "why" is more than those things for you. Because other “New Year’s” have come and gone, but this one; this one feels different.

Oh, the intersection.

You’re one step into the large place with one step in the small space. You glance back at the small space and can see each twist and turn you’ve taken in life. You can see every place you’ve lived, every job you’ve had, and every success along with every failure because it already happened. You close your eyes and turn your body to face the large place, open your eyes even slower that you turned around and there’s nothing on the road at all;  because you haven’t walked it out yet. And deep in the distance you see the vision.

And you take a step.

And another. And another. And the more you walk, the more is revealed. That is what your new “large space” is about. Walking it out.  And in 2016, walking it out should contain these three important things for you:

1.       Empowerment. The large space means that you are empowered to empower others. It means your wing span has broadened which means that it’s bigger than you. It’s for the people around you, your family, your co-workers, your church members. It’s large so it can’t be contained.
2.       Execution. The large space also means you have to do more. You have to finish strong. And you have to become more organized and task oriented because you’re going to be responsible for a lot more than you were in previous seasons. There’s an app for almost everything. Use those if needed to help you. Execute in your finances. Execute in your relationships. Execute on the job and business. Execute in your health. Tie up the loose ends and make it happen!
3.       Expansion. The large space promises expansion. So, I challenge you to let your nets out into the deepest part of the water of your life. Take a risk. Do something you’ve never done before. Because expansion is promised in the “large space”! Break free, and erupt into the plans God has for your life. 

Don’t beat yourself up if you could relate to the crossroads. I could too. I’ve often asked myself, God, my husband as we’ve literally watched our lives transform: is this really happening? And the answer is a resounding yes. He is the God that restores all things so beautifully and magnificently as only He can. Embrace it!

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