We are currently in flux. What do I mean by flux? Well, we’re in between things. It’s time to leave one thing, but the Lord hasn’t revealed exactly what the next thing is. Over the last two years, the Lord has given us the next thing at least a month before we head to the next thing. Right now, the Lord seems to only want to illuminate one step at a time, and He isn’t telling us exactly where the steps are leading. We’re just trusting Him and taking each step as He gives it.
To our flesh this is very uncomfortable, but these circumstances are offering us lots of practice in living by the spirit. =) Here are three practical ways we are staying in step with the Lord.
1. Keeping our eyes on Jesus.
During a time of flux, or any other time actually, it can be very easy to take our eyes off of Jesus and look at our circumstances, future possibilities, the practical ways things can actually happen. We can get so caught up in trying to figure out what the Lord wants that we focus more on the what than on the Lord.
By simply, and regularly, stopping our thoughts about the future and turning to the Lord, we can keep our eyes fixed on Him. By spending time with the Lord without our future being the focus, we can keep our eyes fixed on Him. By listening to music that reminds us of the Lord, we can keep our eyes fixed on Him. By talking with others about the Lord, we can keep our eyes fixed on Him.
We have learned over the years, and are getting lots of practice now, that it isn’t in looking for the answer, but in looking for the Lord, that we find our way. Like I said in this post, “if we pursue Jesus, we’ll find our future, but if we pursue our future, we’ll miss Jesus.”
2. Trust and obey
One of the most difficult things about being in flux is trusting the Lord. As we walk through this time of flux, we are being reminded that the Lord is our home; that the Lord is our security; that the Lord is our path; that the Lord is our destination; that the Lord is our purpose; that the Lord is our strength; that the Lord is our rest, etc.
By trusting Him, and obeying with each step given, we are actually enjoying a peace and lightness that only comes from the Lordship of Jesus Christ. No, we don’t know what’s down the road, but we do know the One who does. He has proven Himself faithful time and time again, and so we know that whatever the road brings, and whatever steps we’re led to take, will be for His increase. And that is our heart’s desire.
3. Give thanks and rejoice.
We have been given all things in Christ Jesus, therefore we always have things to be thankful for. We can give thanks in all circumstances, even the ones the world says are the worst. So we can give thanks in times of flux, too. No, we don’t particularly like change, and we really don’t like unknown change, but our God is good, therefore we will rejoice. Jesus is King, and we are citizens of His heavenly kingdom, and nothing can separate us from Him, therefore we will rejoice. The battle is won, Christ is triumphant, and we will rejoice.
Jesus Christ is building His church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it, and we will rejoice.
These are ways that we are holding fast to the Head as we walk this darkened path. These aren’t just for times of flux, but are really the life of a believer. Have you found these tools helpful to you? What have you learned of the Lord during a time of flux?