Lately, some transitions have occurred in my personal life and the ministry. Although it feels and seems sudden, it has been culminating in my mind and heart for months. Frankly, it was something I didn’t want to do or walk through. I liked things the way they were, and I was comfortable there.

However, some days, I felt grieved that I wasn’t pressing forward into the things God was compelling me to change. It finally became too much to push away.  One day, I just took the leap. Moments after that decision, I was walking through my house when God reminded me of another time of transition in my life.

It has been many years now. I had worked for a wonderful pastor in another city for a couple of years. It was a great job; I really loved it. I loved him, his wife, and his church—I felt at home there. I never planned to leave. The job was an hour and a half drive for me. I didn’t even mind the drive.

One morning, on my drive to work, God told me, “It’s time for you to leave this job; it belongs to someone else.” I tried to ignore what I was hearing and continued on my way. The same thing would happen for a couple of weeks when I was driving to work for this pastor. This went on for a bit longer. I was driving to work one morning when I heard God speak to me again. It was not a patient voice this time; it was stern. God said, “I told you it is time for you to leave this job; it belongs to someone else, and you are standing in the way of her destiny!”

I knew that tone, and I knew He wasn’t playing any longer. He meant business. That morning, I turned in a two-week notice. The pastor wasn’t thrilled, which made it harder – but I knew I had heard God. Ultimately, it was the best thing for me, as God took me to a higher place in Him. It was the best thing for the girl who took my place. And it was best for the pastor and his church. None of those things were easy to see in the beginning.

I learned during that season the importance of the BODY of Christ. We are all joined together in one way or another. Sometimes, as in that situation, what WE do affects others and their destiny. We must be willing to obey God and step out of our comfort zone at times.

Isaiah 1:19-20 says, If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

If we are WILLING and OBEDIENT, sometimes it is hard, especially during times of transition. When things are going great and you are finally comfortable, that’s when it is most difficult. However, looking back over my life, I realize that is when transition most often takes place.

I am reminded of another time when everything was going great. During that time, the Lord asked me a question one morning in my prayer time. “Can I take you to a place where your faith is unshakable?” He asked.

I was so mad; I remember it well. I said to the Lord, “Are you kidding me? Things are going good right now. Why would You ask that? I know what that means. It means You will allow my faith to be shaken until I stand firm in the midst of it.”

That morning, I stomped out of my prayer room without answering. God’s silence was deafening for the rest of the morning. Finally, after a few hours, I walked back in and said, “Fine, I will go.” Within hours, everything began to fall apart. I began to walk through a season that I would never want to walk through again. But I came out the other side stronger than before.

God is good. He is filled with love and goodness. He only wants the best for us. We can’t always see that at the time. However, we must trust Him completely. We must believe what the Word of God says even when we can’t see the other side.

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jer 29:11, AMP)

 I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. (GNT)

Again, God is good and has a good plan for each of us. Our part is to trust Him to bring it to pass.


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