Forward… I laughed when I saw the word prompt for this week. Forward seems to be the word of this week or really of this season, the sacred echo. Earlier in the week I was talking to a friend about the word forward, and what does that look like right now as far as church and the kingdom.
My friend poured out, “Anyone wanting to go back to normal is not listening to what God is speaking right now.” Wow that is a strong statement, but I am in agreement. From various sources I have heard this message of move forward with great expectation, “Behold, I (God) am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)
We want to be part of it, but it includes the process of transforming, and choosing to cultivate life. Those things can be challenging and sometimes down right tedious. It is so easy to glamorize what was, especially since that was our comfort zone. That is what we know. We know the rules, we know what to expect, and we know our role, but to go forward into this unknown and new, we must trust God’s hand and willingness to teach us.
The Bible is full of those longing to go back and not fairing so well, the Israelites in the desert, Lot’s wife, and more, but God calls us forward. He casts visions and invites us into what he is unveiling. I think of the angel meeting Gideon in the wine press hiding and threshing wheat, but God saw Him move forward into his destiny of mighty warrior, Mary the mother of Jesus accepting her role to move forward into the unknown with the care Jesus, the disciples were fishers of fish, but going forward they would be fishers of men.
May we eagerly and expectantly take God’s hand and walk forward, and trust all the unknowns to Him because He is always doing more than we know to ask or can imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)