"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."
This past year has been one of walking out and waiting, action and preparing for action.
Walking out the things I know I am called to in this moment.
Waiting and watching for the opportunity to walk into the things God has spoken to me.
Taking action where I'm at.
Preparing for action in what I know I have not yet reached, but will.
I don't want to be found unprepared because I slipped into unbelief of what has been spoken to me by the Lord.
I want to walk out each day with expectancy, with a boldness of faith.
Not an assumption of how things could/should/would happen, but a belief that they will because He said they will.
My timeline isn't His, and with that can come a tendency to think, "Is that really what God said? Maybe I heard wrong. I sure don't seem to be in a place where that can happen."
It can be easy to slip into doubt... disbelief.
But it's because my timeline isn't His that, if I continue to walk in belief, I will be more prepared... perfectly prepared... when the time comes than if I were to launch into it when I think I'm ready.
(Did that make sense?)
At the close of 2010 God reminded me of this scripture.
"...blessed is she who believed..."
I do believe. I know God has spoken things to me... over me... that He will fulfill.
He has shown me glimpses.
He has whispered in certain moments, "See? This is part of it. Keep walking it out."
He has sent people to remind me of what is coming, and that where I'm at is just as crucial as where I'm going.
He has also allowed me to feel frustration from those who don't see, who doubt, who have spoken discouraging words.
But that, too, has a purpose and drives me back to the One who is calling me to walk it out in Him...
not in them.
"...there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord."
"Lead when I say lead,
pray when I say pray,
speak when I say speak,
rest when I say rest."
This is what I have been walking out in 2010, standing in the belief that there will be a fulfillment of what has been spoken to me by the Lord.
And it is what I will keep walking out as I step into 2011.
Because there is a world that needs light, and the calling on my life... on your life...
is just as much about us as individuals as it is about God's plan to spread the light that has come to this world through His Son, Jesus.
Because the very loving God that has an intimately designed plan for each and every one of us weaves it into a beautiful tapestry for the salvation of all who believe in Him.
So I will walk out.
I will watch and wait.
I will take action.
And I will prepare for what lies ahead.
I will lead when He says lead.
I will pray when He says pray.
I will speak when He says speak.
And I will rest when He says rest.
And I will walk forward believing that there will be a fulfillment of what has been spoken to me by the Lord.
"We have nothing, if not belief."
~Reepicheep, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Do you have belief?
If not, what do you have?