October 12, 2010

Escape Despair to Secure Heaven’s Agenda

Posted in Womens Leadership Advantage News tagged , , , , , at 9:42 pm by One Strand

Have you grown oblivious to the scent of wet dirt and made obscure caves of hiding your home? Are you tempted to accept defeat, curl up in the dark, and cower beneath the weight of hopelessness and despair? If so, I imagine it’s because you doubt you will ever live a life of intentional design and purpose. You’ve stopped living confident each day brings you one step closer to what God has been preparing you to do your whole life.

You’ll be glad to know convergence is just beyond the horizon! It’s defined in an article by Mike and Cindy Jacobs (www.deborahcompany.org), prophetic teachers known for uncovering the heart of God for approaching seasons. They liken convergence to “a moment of ‘historic growing up’ where you are operating in the assignment that the Father had intended when He designed you.”

The season that lead to where I am today could be described “convergence. It’s defined
in the dictionary; a coming together from different directions, uniting, or merging groups or tendencies previously opposed. If it sounds chaotic, I think you get it. It is. Just imagine the most unlikely women collaborating with God and His purposes for your life.
The intentional watering by a spiritually, relationally, and demographically diverse group of women who identified with me, pulled me from caves of embitterment. I would never have picked them out of crowd, and yet, they partnered with the purposes of God for my life. An unsuspecting group of women on similar journeys offered prayers without judgment and perspective beyond the cave. They pressed through the hardened exterior to find the gold.

Perhaps your cave is like mine. A struggle to hold on to identity and purpose having a valuable door close and the next slow to open.  It’s described by some as “hell in the hallway” or “the land in between,” your very own desert experience. The good news is, beyond the horizon is a time of “historic growing up,” stepping through the door to what God has been preparing you to do your whole life. The fog lifts. You see clearly. The handle to the door is in front of you. It’s been there the whole time, only obscure and clouded by judgment in disrepair. You realize “all your history, as dramatic as it was, was really preparation for the real purpose God has for you” (Jacobs).

To immerge from the cave will require surrounding yourself with the right people and asking the right questions. They are what Mike and Cindy Jacobs define “searching people,” those looking to God in prayer to uncover life beyond the cave. Sometimes the best question is the logistical one. For the disciples it was, “Jesus, Where do you want us to go and prepare that you may eat the Passover?” (Mk. 14:12).

They ask for input into what is mere logistics. Their question, however, is a precursor to ours. It demonstrates trust in God. It’s the approach of “searching people.” They don’t assume to have all the answers, but submit themselves to the heart of God and His capacity to know what they do not know. “Where do you want us to prepare?”

“Go into the city,” Jesus says. “There a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water, follow him.” He describes an unusual occurrence in a society where women do this kind of work. Why look for a man who is carrying water? What benefit will a man of this caliber be?

Wherever he goes in,” Jesus said, “say to the master of the house, ‘Where is the guest room?’ He will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared” (Mk. 14:13).

I am amazed by what they find. That’s a divine connection! Convergence! Stepping
into what God had in mind for that moment. In the same way we are to be alert, and
yet submitted. Collaborate with the purposes of God and what He intends to accomplish through others.

It will involve taking notice of women you encounter and conversations that transpire. Ask yourself, “Where is God in this, what is Jesus doing?” Be intentional when it seems meaningless, tiresome, and draining. Follow women you find less remarkable to see where God might be leading. It just might be that you encounter a large upper room, furnished and prepared!

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