I’m loading groceries into my car. Above me, Spanish Moss hangs from the oak branches, swaying in the wind, and seagulls coast against clear blue skies. It is spring in Mobile, Alabama. Have we really lived here almost an entire year now?
I slide into the driver’s seat and remember the many times I’d parked in almost this exact same spot over the past ten months…
Picking up cold drinks for our movers.
To compose myself before facing the babysitter after finding out about our miscarriage.
To grab desserts before dinners with sweet new friends.
To get fruit for picnics with my girls.
These past months have meant laughter and tears, new friends and new challenges. And for the first time in many, many years, I have had time. I quit work when we moved here, and I’ve had more time for my children, my husband, and my God than ever before. Jesus has poured into me, and I have sat in awe.
Sat and sat.
But now it’s time to get up.
Maybe you’re in a similar position, (even if you don’t currently have my same amount of available time). Maybe God has brought you through a (bitter)sweet season of learning, being filled with His love and Presence… and you sense in your spirit this same thing I’m feeling…
It is time to pass on this love He’s put in us.
It’s like that line in Desert Song: “I know I’m filled to be emptied again. This seed I’ve received I will sow.”
This morning, I read the words God said to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 1. Perhaps these are also the words God has for you and for me:
“…’You have stayed long enough at this great mountain.‘…” Deut. 1:6
“…’See, I have set the land before you. God in and take possession of the land…'” Deut. 1:8
God has spiritual territory for us to conquer. He has kingdom work He is setting before us, with the promise of victory… if we will, by faith, simply get up and fight for it. The Israelites let fear keep them from immediately going after the land God promised them.
Like the Israelites, you and I have a million excuses and fears that keep us from our spiritual destinies:
- God, who am I to do such bold things? You surely can’t be calling me to ___.
- It is too hard.
- I don’t have the gifts/resources/time.
- I’m afraid I will fail.
What does this mean practically in my life? It means I’m saying yes to God…
…when I’m asked to serve, to teach, to write, to disciple.
(It’s not always people who ask. Sometimes, it’s the quiet voice of God that stirs my heart as I sit in His Presence.)
The spiritual territory God wants you to win for His kingdom won’t be the same as mine.
But we’re all called to take possession of His land. To show others His love and glory.
Are you ready to fight?