Have you ever traveled with someone that sets their alarm yet when it goes off, they hit the “snooze” button six more times before they get up? Yep, that’s me EVERYDAY! I’m that girl.
Because my cousin and I travel together so often, we have our routine down pretty well! Who takes the bed closet to the window, who puts their make up on in the bathroom and who sits at the desk. Especially when we have mornings we can sleep in, my cousin makes positively sure I don’t have my alarm set!
But then there are those mornings when you feel a gentle nudge to get up.....to show up. Today was one of those mornings.
I know that feeling, I’ve felt it before. God was asking for a coffee date. As I quietly gathered my Bible, pens and journal, trying not to wake up my cousin, I suddenly found myself gitty like a little school girl with anticipation of what He wanted to talk to me about.
I brought a new Bible study with me I was planning to start on this trip to Nashville called “Opposition & Opportunity” by Proverbs 31 Ministries. It’s the story of Ezra and Nehemiah and they tell the story about going home, about returning to God’s plan and purpose for His people.
It’s a story of rebirth. God’s people had been in captivity for a long time, and now they were going home to rebuild their city and their lives. We read about their highs and lows along their journey and how it can resemble our own. But through it all, God’s faithfulness is steadfast, and His promises are true.
This is the season I currently find myself in. I am ready to go home and I’m willing to rebuild my life as close as I can get to God’s will and His plans for me.
Maybe it’s the shock of selling our business after 19 years or the word “retired.” Maybe it’s the sadness I know I will feel when my second child (my first born) moves to Idaho with his family and joins my daughter and her family who moved there a year ago this month, (which will leave me with no grandkids here). Maybe it’s the hard work and hopeless feeling while trying to rebuild my marraige that has been under attack for the last seven years. How about the fear of fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing full time and using my gift of words to influence others.
I’ve lived my whole life trying to please others, a people pleaser yep....that would me ME! An alarm snoozer and a people pleaser!
But in this season of my life, God has been gently revealing to me that He has to be enough. And sadly, the healthier I get, the relationships closest to me are affected. The same “song and dance” doesn’t work anymore.
In this season, everything seems so uncertain.....my marraige, my finances, where we will live, my moods, unfair circumstances, even His plan for how long I’ll be on this earth seem to consume my thoughts. But then I come back to the truth and what I do know. And that is that He is fighting this battle, not me!
“He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” - 2 Chronicles 20:15 NLT
“But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!””
- 2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT
Did you get that? “But you will not even need to fight,” yet we STILL take our positions then STAND STILL and watch?
He wants us to show up yet STAND STILL? Why do you think that is? I’ll tell you why....... so we can ”watch the Lord’s victory.”
See, He already knows what He can do for us! God has no lack of confidence or insecurities like we do. He’s asking us to get up. Show up. Stand and watch the victory take place. Witness for ourselves so next time we will recognize the battle immediately and know who’s charging the fight!
It’s like watching a football game when you already know who wins in the end. There may be quarters your team is trailing behind and it can be painful to watch and then there are quarters they are ahead. But in the end you know what you know because you KNOW the truth - there is victory! Your team wins!!
So stand with anticipation for all the things God is going to do in and through YOU.
Get up. Show up. Get excited. You know who wins in the end.
Your victory is coming!
Andrea (Andi), is an Author, musician, speaker and Founder of Transcended Ministries. She encourages women to rise above their circumstances and to trust in God's timing. She is involved in Celebrate Recovery and sings on the worship team at her church. Andi believes no hurt is ever wasted and she longs to bring a message of hope and healing as she shares her story of bold faith. Her story includes her struggle with control issues and co-dependency followed by a separation from her husband of twenty-five years. After a year of isolation and being on her own, she watched God bring transformation, healing, and reconciliation.