You know those simple truths that you know but sometimes you forget you know?
I was reminded of one a few weeks ago.
I'd been operating under it, but without fully realizing or acknowledging that I was.
There's a funny thing about acknowledging something, and then keeping it front and center in your brain.
It changes the way you operate.
I've been walking forward with something God very clearly told me to pursue.
In fact, He was quite clear about it.
But, in the midst of the walking forward I've at times been frustrated by my lack of understanding or by not knowing specifics of what's coming or by closed doors or by the push-back from some around me.
Why is it that in the middle of things we know we're supposed to be doing we can suddenly feel surrounded by such a fog? Such uncertainty? Such, "Is this really it, God?"
This is a battle.
A few weeks ago my awesome pastor (Shout out to Pastor Brady! Woo-hoo!) said,
"What was the last thing God told you to do? Do that."
There's just something about putting specific words to it.
I've been following God's leading, doing the things I know that I know that I know He's leading me to do.
But, putting it so simply...
it adds force... brings clarity.
In the midst of doors being closed and then suddenly open, or hearing "Yay!!!" from some and "What in the world are you thinking?" from others,
putting words to the mode of operation sets your feet solid.
No matter what the winds are that blow around my ears, what was the last thing God told me to do?
I'm going to do that.
And there will be battle.
And there will be push-back.
But, if I'm doing what HE'S told me to do...
well, it feels at times like Lucy, in Prince Caspian, when she's standing at the end of the bridge, with a small dagger raised in her hand, seemingly facing all the forces of evil before her.
But she's backed by Someone more powerful than anything coming across the bridge.
So she stands firm.
What was the last thing God told me to do?
Well, He told me to this.
So, I'm doing it.
And then standing firm for the next direction.
Do you feel frustrated with something? Are you confused about what to do or the direction in which to go? Are you a bit wary at not knowing what's coming down the road?
What was the last thing God told you to do?
Have you done it?
If not, do that.
Then stand firm for the next direction.
This is a battle.
Good thing we're backed by the One who's already won.