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Embracing the Subtle Shifts

For a good while, I had a post written for every single day of the week/month here. Side note: I am under no delusions that I am immune from repeating myself a lot and you all are very gracious with me.

I’ve kept up with the pace, but it’s time for a change.

In all honesty, I have enjoyed the writing and had a rhythm of writing about different things that I explored at different times. I’m not burned out, but I know there are some other things that are calling me right now.

I feel in my spirit that from now until the end of this year is a very strategic time. There are some things I need to press into and follow through on. Some of those things I’ll be sharing with you and some will remain hidden in my prayer closet, but the point is, I have to make room.

This is where it gets interesting because I think normally when people say things like this, they announce they’re taking a six-month sabbatical from blogging, they’re quitting all together, or other such things, but that’s not what I feel to do.

Instead, I’m cutting back one post a week. Instead of seven, I’ll write six. Yep, that’s it.

What I used to do on Saturdays will be sprinkled through the week. These are typically shorter posts, more quickly written, but they still lend themselves to discussion.

I do have a point in sharing all this. I think sometimes we feel God leading us a direction and we can become reactionary and get the idea that we have to abandon everything else in pursuit of this one goal. Sometimes that may be the case, but many times it’s not.

The writing I do here, as I get to share and build community while having real-life conversations and encouragement– it’s part of what God has called me to do. Besides that, so many who comment  bring insights I hadn’t considered and encourage me in ways I can’t fully express. If He asked me stop writing completely, I would probably fight it some, but I would do it because He knows best.

Again, I’m not just announcing changes here, I want you to understand that many times there are subtle shifts that God brings to our lives and our work that will cause as much or more fruitfulness than going to the extreme. A well-crafted clock (like a well-crafted life) runs with precision movements and shifts. Not only that, they are built to last years of wear and tear and abuse.

Grand gestures and proclamations are nice, but Peter made many and still denied Jesus when the moment of truth came.  Elijah experienced an encounter that changed his perception of where the Lord resides and shows Himself.

So He said, “ Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. –1 Kings 19:11-12

When we make a decision to follow Jesus, it’s all or nothing. Completely and utterly extreme. As we learn to follow His voice and heart, we understand that we are tuning ourselves to something different. We hear the voice of the Spirit saying, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21) and we shift appropriately.

Our spirituality or Christianity is not going to be measured by how many times we followed the big booming voice, but how often we were sensitive to that still, small one.

Are you prone or given to grand gestures and/or reactionary decisions? How can you find the still small voice of the Lord today?

 

8 Comments

  1. I am an excitable person when I find something worth getting excited over. I tend to be cautionary at times until i see if something plays itself out. But when I am in I am all in. I HAVE to make time early in the morning to read and listen or I will miss out on hearing that still small voice. My thoughts to you: you do what you gotta do. If God says, “Take more time off” then you gotta. Wise following my friend.
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    • Thanks Bill, I appreciate that encouragement. I certainly don’t mean to say that I have this all figured out. I can be as extreme as the next person, but right now, this is what I feel like God is saying to do and it just struck me how we miss those subtleties oftentimes. Thanks so much, friend!

  2. I’m usually moving too fast to hear the gentle winds… Gotta work on that… Good for you for listening, it helps me to…

    • Man, I understand busyness. There’s a lot of shouting and demands going on in my life. So glad in the middle of it all, we can “still and quiet our souls like a weaned child with his mother” (Psalm 131:2). What a blessings to find Him in the secret place. Thank you, Floyd.

  3. I find that when we make room for God…WATCH OUT!…He’s going to move! Praying for you during this season bro’!
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    • You are so right! I’m excited about this season and all God is doing. What an adventure we get to walk out. Thanks Jay.

  4. The Holy Spirit nudges and it is so important to listen…..Blessings on your journey and what God is doing! Lori
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    • I really appreciate it, Lori. Thank you!