Looking back, it’s amazing how God shifted my whole life 180 degrees, gradually at first, and then suddenly after a surprising meeting in Dallas. That is what happens when we walk with the Lord. He is all about change, growth, and keeping us on our path of destiny.
Has God ever suddenly shifted your direction?
If so, I’m sure you remember walking through a process, astonished as each door opened. With every word, dream, prompting, and situation, God prepares us for the moment of release. That pivotal event and culminating confirmation that shocks our senses and challenges us to move into something new—NOW.
After my impromptu job interview in Dallas, two weeks passed before my family made another weekend trip. At home in Houston, the Lord prompted me to go over my resume while watching my kids at the pool. Yuck! I hated updating my resume—but that’s not what He had in mind. That uncanny question from the week before lingered in my mind: “What would you want to do…”? So, I dove right in. As I reviewed my work experience, I sensed the presence of God. I stopped what I was doing, stilled my thoughts…and a light bulb of inspiration illumined my understanding. God wanted me to read between the lines and identify the skills I had excelled in, regardless of what my official titles or responsibilities might have been.
As I read with new eyes, three areas came to the forefront: project management, special projects, and writing. I started writing my letter, presenting those areas to my prospective employer. There was a problem, though. The Lord was prompting me to put writing at the top of my list, but I was resisting Him. Why? Writing had always been easy for me. Not only had I gained plenty of indirect “on-the-job experience,” I had experience copywriting for our personal ministry. Beyond that, I was stretching my wings, writing with vigor for my college classes. How is it that I hadn’t fully acknowledged this gift?
Have you ever read between the lines?
…the lines of your life experience to see God’s true grace and gifting? If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to pray and try it. Your innate gifts reveal your purpose. And when you belong to God, He will bring them out in every situation that requires you to use them—because He’s preparing you for a pivotal moment of release.
As I wrote, the Lord reminded me of what I had seen in that incredible dream/vision I shared in my blog a couple weeks ago. In that “higher realm,” I knew the ability to write was mine, and I had immediately engaged in a battle to take it back. Wow, I thought, sensing the peace of the Lord again. I finished the letter—putting writing at the top of my list—and within a few days sent it via overnight delivery to Dallas.
You could imagine the look on my face when I received a call from my prospective employer about a week later—on my work phone! My eyebrows shot up when I heard her voice, and I’ll never forget her words: “Paula, you’ll never guess what happened today. Right before we met in Dallas, I had hired a full-time writer. Today, she didn’t show up for her first day of work…” I caught my breath, remembering her cryptic comment during our meeting. This was surreal. Suddenly, everything in me slowed down, as if moving in slow-motion.
The rest of our conversation is a blur, except that I was offered my first full-time writing position! God knew it the whole time. Everything began to crystallize. That’s why I had asked Him to show me more; why He’d directed me in a dream to start journaling; why the impromptu meeting had taken place in Dallas; why I’d had the dream/vision of going to battle for what was mine; and why He’d strongly directed me to list writing as the first area in my letter. With each step, God was preparing me for release.
God is preparing to release you.
He’ll make it obvious that He’s shifting you. The question is: Have you seen beyond your situation to recognize it? Are you keeping a journal? In times of transition emotions run high. They can distract us from seeking God, and as a result, desensitize our spirit to His leading. I urge you to resist resisting the Holy Spirit. I pray today that nothing will hinder you from hearing the Lord, DOING what He leads you to do, and experiencing a great release. May you know your innate giftings and increasingly flow in them for God’s glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints [His set-apart ones].” (Ephesians 1:17–18)
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