It’s not often that we are asked to drop our nets, but I believe my time has come. It seems like it’s been a while that I have felt the gentle nudges from God to move forward on a project that’s been sitting patiently in my mind. The difficulty in this hasn’t been the vision I’ve seen ahead, rather the discernment on whether or not this was a true leading from Him.
But once in a while I believe that God makes things abundantly clear, and that it’s nearly impossible to recognize those whispers as anything other than the Holy Spirit. For me, this is a time I have to admit I’ve been waiting for. A season where I truly feel deep in my heart that my spiritual gifts will be used to further the Kingdom in ways that I cannot fathom.
The Phone Rings
I believe there are many times the Lord picks up the phone to give us a call. Quite often, our lives are so chaotic and polluted with things we deem worthy of our attention, that it results in our line sending back a busy signal. Or it comes through, and we simply choose not to answer. While He definitely has patience, it’s ultimately our responsibility to be available when the time comes.
Perhaps our lives are so loud that we don’t even hear the phone ring, and there’s tragedy in that as well. In the end, either way, we’re frequently missing calls in our life and the chances to do something great.
Ups and Downs
The past few weeks for me have been a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve battled the fears of answering the call and what lies ahead, but thankfully I’ve been blessed with relationships in my life that have helpd me see things more clearly now. With the haze gone, and the distractions out of the way, I pick up the phone and hear what He’s been waiting to tell me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11
From a distance these words are encouraging. They are ones we see in picture frames, and ones we hear others speak about. But when they are words spoken directly from Him, they become life-changing.
As I slowly let them sink into my soul, I move along the path that I feel in my heart is the way I need to go. I cannot guarantee the outcome, but I can only assume that it’ll lead to places unimaginable. The definition of faith for me is to embrace right now, in this moment, the reality that I have no idea where I’m heading.
All I know is that I’ve clearly been asked to drop my net, and to follow Him. No matter where we go, I will trust that His will is far greater than my understanding. In the end, we’re all called in some capacity to join Him in our own spiritual journey. It’s a matter of whether or not we choose to pick up the phone to hear what He has to say.
So our journey begins, and I invite you to come along. The road that lies ahead of us is filled with uncertainty, but would you trust anyone more than God to lead us to where it is we’re going?