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“The Shift”

January 15, 2016

January 15th, the half way point into January. I never made resolutions, set goals or did much planning at all for this new year, but here we are, two weeks into 2016 and my life is nowhere near what I thought it would be. I got a surprise gift for Christmas. I received a 15 year old young lady. WHAM! different life.

It amazes me how quickly life can change. Sometimes, goals or no goals, God has another plan and we are caught off guard and unaware. The one thing I know I should be aware of, is that life is unexpected. My husband loves the phrase, “Life with Jesus is thrills, romance and adventure.” Well, I have not been too euphoric with the thrills and adventures that have dropped into my lap. Let me be clear, my problem is not with my precious new charge, my problem is with the major life curve that came with it, and my slow adaptability.

We have to laugh a little at ourselves. Our utmost desire (at least we think it is) is to be formed into the image of Christ, to be used fully to make a difference in His Kingdom, and to lay down our lives for the plans and callings he has on our lives. Yet when God sets things in motion for all of the above to happen, we want to slam on the brakes. “WOAH! Who gave YOU permission to hijack my life? Oh yeah, I guess that was me crying out to you day after day and month after month to use me. BUT God, this is not what I had in mind… Oh I see this is what YOU had in mind all along.”

I looked up the definition of adventure – an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. I guess I didn’t realize exactly what an adventure was.

So here we are, I now have three 15 year old girls. Each one unique and each one a delight. There have been challenges, and there are challenges yet to come, but as uncomfortable as it may feel, I know this new year is not a surprise to God.

I share this with you because I want you to know that life curves can turn us into big fat cry babies. It’s okay! There is so much in us still, that is US. We may have grown immensely in our Christian walk, but unfortunately there is always more of US. You know what I’m talking about, that nagging flesh, the self will, the I WANT IT MY WAY! God is not surprised, we may be surprised, (we thought we were so much farther along) but He knew who we were, and guess what, He loved us then and He loves us now. Am I out of my crybaby stage? Most likely, NO, but I am still a work in progress and God is delighted with me in the process. He is delighted with you too. We will always be in process. The important thing is to allow Him to do what it is He wants to do. So much easier to say! The application causes death to our will and that’s not a heck of a lot of fun.

Our dreams, plans, ideas and goals are most likely, OURS. They are ingrained and we hold on to them for dear life, at least I do. 2016, the year of “The Shift.” It is time to allow our dreams, plans, ideas and goals to be the ones God has for us. I’m warning you in advance. The life we hold on to will be challenged. Even our ideas of how life should be, will be challenged. You can be a big fat cry baby, you can struggle, you can kick and scream a while, but eventually it will come down to your will or His. Choose His! I’m pretty sure it won’t come easy and it might not feel great, but do it anyway. Hold on in the midst. He is not expecting you to do this in your own strength. We flat out CAN’T do it, it has to be His strength or a very rough time of it.

So you have it. Life changes all the time. Be prepared for God to be the changer, and be prepared for your answer to prayer and the favor of God in your life not to look like ANYTHING you thought it would. It’s okay, you’ll survive and one day you will thank and praise Him for “The Shift.”

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    January 15, 2016 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much!! I needed to read this and will read it again and maybe again! There appears to be a possible Big Shift coming for me….and, it wasn’t one I thought I signed up for!! Blessings, Diana

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