#5 of 10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge
Resist the familiar. Be open to change. Accept what God has allowed or brought.
“The secret to responsible trust is ACCEPTANCE.” (Charles Swindoll)
As we’ve seen in the previous blog posts about meeting our challenge, the Lord doesn’t think like we do. He knows infinitely more than we do.
So, why do we cling to the same ole’, same ole’? Because we trust in ourselves and in what’s familiar, that’s why.
We think the familiar is safety, but it’s not.
There may be some not-so-good things lurking around in the familiar. Often, there is bad hidden in our comfortable “safety zone” that we don’t see or want to acknowledge. God doesn’t want that for us.
Maybe He has something better in mind.
After all, according to Colossians 1:17, “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
You see, God has no limits! He wants more for us. More joy and peace that comes from walking with Him in the unfamiliar zone. It’s difficult to accept this concept, but God wants us to fully trust Him. To step out in faith and face the future He has for us. And sometimes that includes a test or trial in the dark before the sunlight comes in the morning.
I experienced the unfamiliar zone when we moved to Mexico as full-time missionaries. Arriving in the small airport of San Luis Potosi, Mexico with eight pieces of luggage, Phil’s guitar, my purse, and our computer bags, we were greeted by our friend (and now our pastor in Mexico) and his wife. God had provided this godly couple to show us around the city, and house us for a couple of weeks while we rented a house, bought a bed and bedding, a stove, a washing machine, towels, kitchen supplies, and more. Yes, I was in unfamiliar territory. Plus, I was still learning Spanish!
The greatest part is… when we follow God to the unfamiliar, He supplies us with peace and joy to go along with it! The contentment in the middle of the unfamiliar and the confusion at times, was indescribable. Only God can do that!
“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.” Psalm 143:8
God has all things under His control, for our good and for His glory! Amen!