Have you ever felt like you needed to come back to the basics? I have felt that way a lot lately. Oftentimes, I tend to look for the monumental explosions of life. When I do that, I tend to miss the smaller things, which often means more than the big stuff.
A great example is when I first started my job at the college. I kept thinking about Bible groups, surveys to evangelize, a large event . . . I finally realized that God did not put me there for that. He put me there so I could pray for my students. He put me there to hand out some tracts to individuals (carefully, due to rules). He put me there to be a caring spirit to a campus full of lost and struggling souls. I have even been able to be a support to a few Christians on the campus. I realize now that those are not small in any way to the Lord.
Lately, I have been trying to get a firmer foundation and clearer vision in my walk. I struggled some for a bit with a distracted spirit. The Lord and I finally reconnected on a more intimate level, and He reminded me that we often have to go back to the basics before taking the next step or leap. The basics? Strengthening our faith muscles and our patience muscles. These are two things we will never arrive at here on earth. If we neglect them, or get too comfortable, we will slip quickly. Any Christian who argues against that may need to spend some time reevaluating their walk.
As I have been reacquainting myself with my Father, I feel like the wind is starting to blow in a different direction. Things are slowly beginning to change, in a good way. It is amazing what the Lord can do in a person’s life! It is amazing how in a twinkling of an eye, the Lord can take control of a chaotic life and mold it the way He wants it!
In the near future, I have some huge changes approaching. In about two weeks, we will be moving from a two-bedroom, two-floor condo with a basement to a one-bedroom apartment. In January, I will be moving to Prudenville, Michigan to begin at the Bible Institute. I will train for a year, and it will then be up to God what will happen. I know I eagerly await this, for I have felt antsy a lot lately.
The one thing, however, is the Lord knew I needed to get myself prepared for these changes. As a loving Father does, He has taken my arm and gently guided me. He will not allow me to go forward prematurely or completely unprepared. I praise Him for that!
Recently, He also placed on my heart the desire to write a book. It is still in the early stages, but I look forward to seeing where God leads with this. I pray He uses me as His vessel. I need to get out of the way!
So, how about it? Do you feel the wind moving in your life? I pray that it is because there is nothing more marvelous than that!!