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I'm Moving

I got some news today that kind put me in a sad mood. It wasn't bad news, it was just news that I knew would come one day, but I wasn't ready for it. Nothing ever stays the same. Things are always in motion. Sometimes that motion brings people in, and other times it moves them out.

I received this news in the middle of some family time at my house, so when the chance to make a run to Sonic to get ice cream for everyone came, I took it for a little alone time. Well, time with me and the Lord to talk.

I sat there in my space at Sonic, waiting for my order to show up. With my cash on the dash and a cool breeze blowing in the window, I put my head back, closed my eyes, and started thinking through what this news would mean in the coming weeks and months. I was calculating loss, rethinking schedules, and forecasting what things would be like until it all settled into a new normal.

Then it occurred to me that I hadn't done the one thing that I wanted to do while I was at Sonic. I hadn't listened for the Lord. I was planning. I was forecasting. I was basically trying to fix it.  So I stopped all of that and quieted my mind and gave the Lord room to speak. After a moment, I received two words.

"I'm moving."

When those words hit me, peace filled my heart. Then memories of prayers flooded my mind. They were prayers where I or others had asked the Holy Spirit to move. It occurred to me while I waited at Sonic that this news was an answer to one of those prayers.

The lesson for me is this. When change comes, I need to stop scrambling to minimize the change. I need to first talk with the Holy Spirit and wait for Him to lead me. The change may be of His doing and I'd rather not be trying to patch up something that He has changed.

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. ~ Jude 20-21

As we enter 2020, let's pray in the Holy Spirit as a matter of first action. When change hits us, don't automatically enter into damage control, or anxiety, or any kind of works to maintain the status quo. It could be that the Holy Spirit is working out these changes for greater Kingdom impact. Wait for his assurance that He's moving, trust Him, follow Him wherever He leads, then believe that His plan is better than yours.

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