I was sitting in the Dunkin Donuts drive through and it was taking FOREVER! As I waited my brain couldn’t process music minus coffee and I hadn’t read the Bible yet that day; so I figured I might as well crack it open and receive what God wanted me to learn that particular day.
To be honest, I was internally wrestling with some decisions I felt the Lord asking me to make so, I asked Him to speak to my heart to confirm it. I was being asked to step out of my comfort zone and everything in me wanted to cling to what was safe and familiar.
He was calling me out of the boat, but I wanted to stay in my snuggie and watch some Netflix on the boat. Apparently, this isn’t a “snuggie” season for me.
I was concerned if His provision would be there, I was scared I was going to be left hanging if I stepped out, I was anxious about what others would think or say. All of this was causing an emotional internal hurricane. So, without direction I did the, open the Bible and just point at a verse, tactic and my sleepy and in need of caffeine eyes came across 1 Samuel 9:24.
“…Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.’”
Any other day I would have read this verse and thought, “I could go for a snack right now” but I KNEW God was speaking and confirming His leading. I re-ead this verse over and over and each time, my spirit said “yes” a little louder to His prompting and leading.
Through this verse I saw what God is calling me to and He has already prepared it. He has set it aside for me for such a time as this. He has invited a certain people group to be observers and attendees of this next season. I don’t have to strive for it; I don’t have to beg for it, like in the verses before Saul only had to show up. All I have to do is show up.
Show up with surrender, show up with excellence, show up with gratitude, show up with joy, show up with masks off being fully who I am.
I believe this verse is not just for me, but I believe He is speaking to someone reading this who is in a similar season. You feel a leading, a discomfort almost claustrophobia, a strong desire for what is next. You can sense a shift in the atmosphere around you and you’re feeling confused or uncertain while as you ask for clarity and confirmation.
You have been looking out over the edge of the boat and felt compelled to leap, but all of the thoughts of doubt, fear and anxiety have prevented you from jumping. This is a transitional season for many people. I hear God calling it a “threshold season”. Threshold means, “The place or point of entering or beginning”.
On the other side of the threshold is a table which has been set for you. All you have to do is show up. He’s already prepared the connections, the opportunities, the provision, the gifts and talents, the community and the platform.
The enemy has done a fantastic job of keeping us preoccupied with fear, doubt, uncertainty, anxiety and hopelessness. He wants to prevent you from stepping over the threshold because he knows,
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6)
Take your eyes off of the distractions of the enemy and set your eyes on the table. It has been set for you; all you need to do is show up. When we show up our lives change and so do the lives of those who we are called to reach. It’s time to step into the season that you have never been in before. The season where you will see what no eye has seen and hear what no ear has heard, where you get to partner with what God is doing and be a part of bringing heaven to earth in this generation.
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