Life is not full of easy-bake answers. In fact, it seems like the answers to the most important questions are the most difficult to come by. So what do you do while you wait? The answer might be difficult to hear.
After 5 years of growth being “RESTORED” I would be stepping down as being the Multimedia Coordinator at Restoration, I have let my pastor know that it’s tyme for me to step out into the unknown to find that next place that God has for me and my family. Since then, I’ve had many people ask what I would be doing next. I’ve boiled the answer down into a simple one: I’m not 100% sure?
I don’t mean the “dark” that is in reference to the absence of light. I mean the “darkness” of the unknown. It is the place of confusion or disorder; a place outside of my control where any movement at all requires faith. This place of uncertainty keeps many people paralyzed in fear, and unwilling to move. Stepping into the darkness might mean doing the very thing you don’t feel like doing.
The bottom line is this: I Walk By Faith & Faith requires mobility.
Abram must have felt that fear. After all, God didn’t choose to make the exact destination clear to him when He called him out. Instead, he just gave him the direction in which to go.
Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you wil be a blessing.’” Genesis 12:1-2 (ESV)
I had hoped for clear writing on the wall. God has provided it before. Check out Daniel 5:5 to read about it. But God that is not the norm, for you or for me. A dear friend pointed out to me what Daniel did in the face of uncertainty.
Think about it. In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams. He wanted to know the meaning of the dreams, so he summoned anyone and everyone that should have been able to interpret them. But nobody could. So the King ordered them all to be destroyed.
Sounds like a stressful environment, to say the least. What gets really crazy is what Daniel ends up doing. Listen to what Daniel does once he hears of this order from the king:
“And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a tyme, that he might show the interpretation to the king.” Daniel 2:16
Ok, so that doesn’t sound too unusual, until we keep reading:
“Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” Daniel 2:17-18
So let’s get this straight. Daniel set a meeting with the king first, and then prayed that God would provide the answer they needed.
“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night.” Daniel 2:19
So first, Daniel sets a meeting with the king. Second, Daniel prays and asks God to reveal the mystery. Third, the mystery is revealed.
“Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.” Daniel 2:19
So after all that, Daniel thanks God. As we see with Daniel, sometymes when the answer is unclear or unknown, the best thing to do is to take a step – in faith. After that, trust God for the results. Over the course of the months ahead, I will begin the process of talking to other ministries, churches or non-profits to discern where God is leading us?
Following Christ brings a contentment that is foreign to this world, but following Christ also requires us to step out of that which is extremely comfortable at tymes as well. This is where my family and I find ourselves right now. I have not been asked to leave, insinuated by someone else that it is tyme for me to leave, or required to leave. This is a case of God leading, and us following.
It’s tyme to move. Is it tyme for you to do the same?