“Nope,” He says. “That way was only the way for a season. A new season is coming.”
What if the season you were in was a season you thought you would never leave? What if that season was a lifestyle? A purpose? A mission?
That is what I am dealing with now. Here are some Bible verses that came with this new “revelation.”
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” Isaiah 42:9
“Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:20
Based on the above verses God will declare the “new things” to you before the “new things” actually take place. In my circumstance, I am not only grateful, I am ecstatic, because if the “new things” would have happened before the declaration, I would have run to the hills faster than a cheetah with its tail on fire. I would have run faster than you have ever seen me run before. I would have been G. O. N. E. – Gone. Why? Because God had told me my mission was something ELSE.
I would have said, “Bye Bye ‘new thing’ you are not in the cards God has dealt to me. Peace out!”
Yes, that would have been the reaction, and I might have missed a blessing. I think that is what God is trying to do – give me a blessing – but at times I am still so wrapped up in the “old thing” that I am freaking out about whether or not I have heard Him correctly.
I go from wanting the new thing to not wanting to let go of the old. I have told some friends – either way – I lose. But that is not correct.
God is not in the “taking away” business unless that “taking away” is something that is bad in your life, or something you cling to more than you do Him. But this old thing was not that. It was good. And so is God. The old thing stays, but the new thing comes and God will work it out because that is who God is.
Now, I still don’t know how God is going to sort out this new direction based on previous revelations, and I still don’t understand how everything will be alright, but I know it will. I know that, but at times in the day I go from tears to hope. I get so high with this new prospect that I am giddy but then in the next breath I am down to a low that brings not really despair, not really fear, but something between the two.
In times like these, what do you do?
You surrender. You throw up your hands and say, “I trust you, Jesus. I may think You are crazy, but I trust you, just don’t let me veer from your path.”
I think today is the first day I have finally accepted this “new thing” in a somewhat of a calm manner – and it has been about 2 months of declaration – but let me tell you something – it didn’t come without tears.
Surrendering completely is somewhat hard. Even if you want to surrender, sometimes you just can’t let go. Anyone with me? I mean I have prayed before for God to take it, wanting Him to take it and then I find it back in my hands. So what do you do? Keep lifting it back up. That is all you can do, until you don’t find it in your hands anymore.
Once you surrender, there should be no more fearful despair – only hope – because you know God wants the best for you.
Another few verses came right after the verses in Isaiah I first heard. They are a few chapters later. Here they are:
“Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb who will help you. Do not fear.” Isaiah 44:2
“And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place. Do not tremble and do not be afraid. Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?” Isaiah 44:7-8
I was reading through a book while this “new thing” was being declared – one theme kept coming back up – You have to take the first step of surrender in order for the full revelation to be revealed.
I sure know that. Step out in faith. Time to surrender. Trust. Believe. And follow.