I recently read a devotional in my quiet time titled, “Move Forward.” When I first read the title, I skipped it. I flipped right past it ever so quickly and then looked over my shoulder to be sure no one saw me. Seriously, I even rolled my eyes a little and huffed out loud, “Jesus, don’t tell me that right now. I can’t hear it. Like, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc, I CANNOT HEAR THAT RIGHT NOW. Please. Please? Can’t we go through that one together later? Maybe when I’m ready? When I know I’m ready, I’ll let You know. ‘kay?” Guys, I wish I was kidding.
I could feel His gentle nudge; His sweet presence was a balm to my weary heart. “Baby girl, you need to hear this now. It is time. Trust Me. I’m right here with you, let’s do this together now.” A few days prior to this, I had read Proverbs 3:5-6 in the Message version, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure things out on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go, He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give Him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under His loving correction. It’s the child He loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.” As I read this verse, I got the chills and even started to get all teary-eyed. Like, He was preparing me to read this segment on moving forward. I felt challenged. Do I really trust God from the bottom of my heart? Do I listen for God’s voice in everything I do? Do I run to God? These are some of the things that raced through my head right down to my heart. Gosh, it is like He’s trying to speak to me and teach me something… My son, Beacon, is 4 years old and ALWAYS has to find things out for himself. I’ll see him doing something dangerous that will surely end in tears and owies. Not wanting to see him get hurt, I’ll give him a head’s up, “Hey, bud, that might not be a good idea. It might not end well and you could get hurt.” Unlike his brother who cautiously retracts his steps back to safety, Beacon will look at me and respond, “Okay, let me check.” WHY, Beacon? Why can’t you just trust that I can see the big picture and know that I have your best interest and safety in mind? Most of these situations end in serious tears and I wish I could say, “well, he’ll only do it once…”, but that isn’t always the case. Sounds familiar, right? Sometimes I learn my biggest lessons from my children, but that is a different story for another time.
Now fast-forward to the devotional about moving forward: **“The time has come for you to advance. You have remained in the place you are for long enough. You have crossed over a bridge and found the pleasant path that leads deeper into My heart. Move forward, My child. As I promised Joshua, I promise you— every place that you set your foot upon will be yours. New territory is waiting. A calling pulls you onward. Move forward, My child, and you will see the works of your God. Faith never remains in one place; it is a movement, a dynamo that propels you forward. Nothing can stop you when I am with you and I call you forward. The fullness of My plan is ahead of you. The sweet taste of joy has filled your heart, but there is more for you as you leave the predictable and move forward, My child. It is waiting for you. Step into all that I have chosen to bring to pass in your life. Faith will not hesitate when My cloud has moved. I will direct you with My cloud and with My presence. Never be afraid to step out, and you will find more of Me. I have gone before you to prepare the way, and I will be your peace. I delight in you and will never leave you, for you are Mine.
Philippians 3:12 – 14 ‘I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the destiny that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.’”
Recently, my husband and I have been struggling with some big decisions. I say recently, but this has been weighing on us for nearly a year now. Decisions about our family’s future: where to go, what to do, how long to do it for…you get the gist. We even began making plans and were in the early stages of executing said plans until we recently heard God basically say, “Hey, kids, that might not be a good idea. It might not end well and you could get hurt.” I can assure you this is not the first time He’s tried to tell us this during this yearlong struggle, He’s been gently whispering it to us from the start. We were just not quite listening. Or were we possibly responding with, “Okay. Let us check.” I love how Jesus is so patient with us.
He has gently been reminding me that He sees the whole picture and His plan is perfect. He is nudging me to move forward and reminding me that He is with me. He has made the way for me and He is my peace. What is He asking you to move forward with? Let’s run with passion into His abundance together.
**Simmons, Brian. I Hear His Whisper: 52 Devotions (The Passion Translation) (p. 16). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Kindle Edition.