I am sorry but I can’t resist putting this on! My kids crack up at it every time it is soo funny!
18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.20 The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland,to give drink to my people, my chosen. Isaiah 43 (NIV)
Why do we feel so stirred, so challenged, so apprehensive – all into one? This is an adventure of a life time and that means there will be some scary bits as well as exhilarating moments. I remember when we took our kids to Florida – I was so scared about the big rides but excited about the fun. I remember the strange mix of emotions and I feel a little like that now.
We are so used to familiarity – doing things a certain way, thinking in certain patterns, going through the same old motions that we don’t realise we are doing it until someone challenges what we are doing. When a challenge happens and we feel uncomfortable we can either run from it, take a stance against it or go with it. Let us be aware of what reaction we feel to what God is doing right now and make sure that we are malleable before God and willing to change. I would hate to think that we were compared to the Israelites who had hard and stubborn hearts.
I will lead blind Israel down a new path, guiding them along an unfamiliar way. Isaiah 42:16 (NLT)
This path is unfamiliar – no wonder it feels so strange to us, no wonder some of us are thrown off balance a little. Don’t panic – just learn. God is shaking things up and asking you to think completely differently.
Do you see it? What can you see? What is new and springing up around you? Where is the water gushing out from in this place? Where should you gather to drink – it wont be the old familiar watering holes. It is important you find the water flow and the people to spend time with as this isn’t something you can learn in books; this experience is personal and can only be caught. Books are helpful as they can help formulate your thoughts but the understanding of the new thing only comes through revelation. We each have our own journey to travel.
God provides us with all the refreshing we want on the adventure so that we have the
strength to concentrate on our hearts and our lives. I am finding that it isn’t a passive training camp. This wilderness training college takes hard work, homework and thoughtful reflection. After all this is about transformation of our culture, heart, leadership, worship, freedom, identity, relationship with God and the way we love, honour, respect. We have spent too long aligning ourselves to thing we thought mattered – but now it is time to align ourselves with heaven.
Today; Tell God that your heart is open to him. That you are willing to be challenge because transformation is far more important that hurting your pride. 🙂 (its ok that goes for me too!)