What a journey! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post and lately I’ve been feeling God telling me to slow things down and enjoy the ride. So much has happened in the last few months that It feels right to sit back and reflect a little bit. One major milestone that took place about 5 months ago was my wife and I deciding that I should quit my full time job and pursue this calling God has placed on my life. For years I have been preaching that one should always trust in God’s plan and that with God you could never go wrong, however when this conversation came about, I began to doubt the very thing I so strongly preached. It was scary to think that the weekly paycheck I was so used to receiving would no longer come around. I began to fear, fear that we wouldn’t be able to pay our mortgage every month, fear that I wouldn’t be able to put food on the table, fear that I would drive my family into financial ruin. In other words, I trusted more in my paycheck to take care of my family than I did in the God I so boldly proclaimed to the world. Despite this fear slowly taking over me, I would constantly feel a tug on my heart saying..GO, it’s time to GO!
And just like that, we embarked on this journey that has allowed us the opportunity of getting to know God in a way we never have before. I won’t sit here and say everything is going smoothly and life is easy because it’s not. Every now and then, that fear we had in the beginning attempts to creep back in, and my nerves become unsettled as my mind wanders off. It is these moments that brought about the title I chose for this post..TAKE CHARGE! I say that because when one decides to take on this life of pursuing what God has in store, you have to learn to trust in what his word says. Normally when you hear the words “TAKE CHARGE” it is associated with controlling the outcome of any given situation but that is not the context I am in today. No, everyday I have to decide to TAKE CHARGE of my RELATIONSHIP with my creator because at the end of the day that is the only thing I have control over. Sure, I can get back into the work force and learn to trust in my own strengths again but to be honest, I did that for many years and couldn’t count the days and weeks I would come home feeling empty and unsuccessful. I’ve learned over time that this feeling takes place whenever I am walking in a direction that wasn’t created for me, or living a life that wasn’t designed for me.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says:
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Notice how it says,”Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord?” I want to live that out, I don’t want to just talk about it anymore, I want to be this scripture. This scripture also clearly states that It won’t be easy as there will be times of heat (struggle) and drought(without) but I am ok with that. I would much rather have nothing and be content in the Lord, than to have much and be distant from him. Every day I wake up knowing exactly who I am and what I am called to do, and there isn’t a paycheck big enough to buy that feeling. Today I encourage all who may read this to TAKE CHARGE!!!! Not of your current situation but TAKE CHARGE of your relationship with Christ, everything else God will work out for you! Be Blessed!