I used to think that whenever I felt uncomfortable in a situation, it meant God was going to deliver me out of it.
Then I lived a little longer and matured a lot more.
Through personal experience, I discovered that His ways and mine are nothing alike. In fact, some of the things I have fought hardest against and yearned most deeply to be free of, were in His will for me—at least for a season.
About eight years ago, as I’ve mentioned before, when my husband Kenya landed a job in Delaware that forced us to relocate from our home in Buffalo, I was devastated.
At seven months pregnant with our fourth child, I was leaving everything familiar to go to an unknown place. I was already hormonal and super emotional, so I was a wreck by the time we moved.
I cried every single day for weeks.
Then, as the weeks turned into years, I turned off the waterworks and began praying fervently. I was hoping to be able to speed the transition.
Have you ever prayed as hard as you could for something to change and nothing happened?
That was me.
Although Delaware is a great place, it just wasn’t “home” to me. I couldn’t seem to get used to it.
I missed everything and everyone I left behind.
After a while though, instead of asking God to change my situation, I asked Him to make changes in me. I stopped praying my will and started praying His will. I ceased begging for what I wanted and started accepting what He wanted for me.
I settled in.
In time, God opened a door for us to go back home to Buffalo.
The funny thing is, when it finally happened, the moment was bitter-sweet. While part of me was ecstatic to leave, I had grown somewhat attached to the Delaware region.
Nevertheless, our time there was up—finally.
The Lord released us to return to ministry in our city of origin.
We all have a set time of release.
In Exodus 2, we find the future deliverer of Israel in the land of Midian where he'd fled after killing an Egyptian for beating a fellow Hebrew.
Once there, Moses settled down, married a woman named Zipporah, had a son named Gershom and tended his father-in-law Jethro’s flock.
Moses had gotten into a flow and adopted a whole new life in what was once a strange land. But God was about to draw him out, which is what Moses’ name means (Drawn Out [See Exodus 2:10]).
In Exodus 3:1, Moses came to the mountain of Sinai or in Hebrew, “Horeb,” the mountain of God, where the Lord spoke to him through a burning bush.
In this desert area, Moses learned his divine assignment.
The comfortable life he’d made in Midian with his family was suddenly disrupted by God’s providence.
Friend, when your plans are disrupted by His providence, it’s always a good thing, even if it doesn’t feel good.
God told Moses that the Israelites, who were slaves in Egypt, were suffering terribly and their cries had reached Heaven. So God needed someone He could send to free His chosen people.
Moses was just the right man for the job although he had lots of questions and misgivings about his assignment. He didn’t feel like he was the appropriate choice. He tried desperately to pass God’s mandate off to someone else.
He didn’t want to go where God said go. He had no desire to do what God said do. Moses didn’t want to deal with the discomfort of letting go of his agenda and adopting God’s.
But he did it anyway and God’s will was accomplished.
Because of his obedience, deliverance came to Israel.
You see, obedience and deliverance go together. Surrender and breakthrough go hand-in-hand.
That's why, when you don’t understand what God is doing, it is important to accept what He allows. Say yes to His will. Remain faithful. Keep on worshiping. Continue keeping His commands. Renew your mind daily with the word of God.
Surrender your all to Him.
When you do, He will bless you beyond measure. He will use your life to be a blessing to others. He will open doors and make ways for you. He will cause the impossible to become possible for you.
All He wants is a yes.
It may be hard, but say yes anyway.
Know that God sees your tears. He has heard your cry. He knows that everything in you wants to be released from your present circumstance.
His response to you is, trust my process and my timing. It will work out for your good in the end.
To remind you to surrender to the Lord’s plans for you, I’m stirring Proverbs 19:21 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that, through this season of discomfort, tests and trials, God’s purpose is being accomplished.
As you wait for your set time, though you don’t know when it is, be assured that God will transition you out of the wilderness and into destiny in due time.
As Galatians 6:9 NIV says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Deliverance and release is coming.
Now let’s pray.
God, I ask that You give me peace as I endure this season of discomfort. Help me trust You through transition and be confident that my time of deliverance, breakthrough and release is on the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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