We are definitely experiencing new seasons of change, currently in a revolving change from summer to autumn. We are going from the fun days of swimming, relaxing, vacations, and sunshine into a transitioning course correction of a new season. Evident with kids stepping into the new school year, the weather developing new seasonal temperatures, and we are feeling the faint taste of fall in the air. But there is a different kind of change that can change everything.
What I am talking about is a change which could effect our personal lives, including our spiritual, internal and external growth. Most importantly we need to recognize when God is moving us in a different direction and we are not ignoring His clues to that change. I’d like to suggest that there are actual signs that you may have been experiencing in the Spirit but haven’t been aware of or tuned into. When you do, that then becomes a transition of turning and giving those clues your full attention.
If you feel like you are swimming through mud, life doesn’t seem easy, and everything you do has push back, or you are just plain “stuck”… it may be that the grace of God has lifted in a certain area of your life and He is looking for you to find out why.
The grace of God is defined as:
“The unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings; divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong; the condition of a person brought to God’s favor through this influence; a special virtue, gift, or help given to a person by God.” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary).
We may just feel a restlessness or dissatisfaction in our current circumstances, could be a direction by the Holy Spirit to change something: location, vocation, attitude, or simply new habits.
Where God guides, He provides
God always equips us to do what He calls us to do. So when the supernatural supply starts to dwindle, it’s time to evaluate whether you’re following His calling and your path is being re-routed.
A persistent thought
For believers who are walking closely with the Lord, His Spirit has a way of repeatedly nudging our minds as a way of directing us, like a constant whisper in our spirit. This can come in many forms, but if it’s continuous over a significant period of time (and in tandem with other clues), it’s likely that God is trying to get our attention to reveal His will and possible change.
The random (or so it seems) advice from others
Being open to others speaking into our lives and their communicating concern should bring us to God in prayer so that we can clearly hear what He may be saying. The Holy Spirit will bring a phrase or emphasis that the pastor may speak at church, or a friend’s random encouragement, even something poignant our wife/husband or child might say. We always have to be in listening mode.
Our passions shift
In different seasons of change, something that seemed so important and inspirational can suddenly seem ineffective and possibly not tangible. Our passions shift, though the foundation of what we are called to rarely does, but our God calling can be evolving into looking very differently in certain aspects.
In my case, I didn’t have much interest in outreach to foreign countries for much my walk, then the Lord at one point clearly called me to go on a mission to Africa (through supernatural direction). I was thoroughly surprised when He changed my heart rather quickly (not prepared for it at all), and now missions are food to my soul. I love visiting countries, peoples, and ministering to their needs. Shifts happen.
Every possible change is settled in prayer, confirmation, and faith
When we finally come to a conclusion that we need a change, first comes prayer, asking the Lord whether or not it is from Him. Always wait for the peace. Confirmation comes when we have peace that passes understanding in a situation, turmoil is never a sign for shift. Then we have to step out in faith believing that God is carrying us through to the new thing that He is calling us to.
Change is inevitable
Not being willing to change when God calls us is rather prideful or fearful stance to take, both of which God resists (sounds harsh but so true, see James 4:6). He will always give you grace, provision, joy, peace, and confirmation to change. Try it, it could be the perfect solution to a transformed life and the longing in your heart.
“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season, (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.” —The Byrds
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ― Alan W. Watts