Keep on learning the Word, keep listening to the Holy Spirit, who is in you, and continue to preach as you are now until God's time comes. Just remember to obey God and stay small in your own eyes, and God will bless the world through you.” Oral Roberts, Expect A Miracle, My Life and Ministry
So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. James 1:17-18, MSG
I can bear witness to the ups and downs of life. They come and go. There are seasons of great abundance, and then there are seasons of dire famine. The Oral Roberts quote and the above posted scripture have been on my heart today. We must maintain a steady course when going through a major transition in life. Staying grateful helps me to stay focused.
I remember when I worked in the Public Safety Dept. at Oral Roberts University, I was going to go to college there, taking advantage of the discounted tuition benefit the employees of the college received. One day, while working at the Mabee Center, I was stunned to see Oral Roberts walk in through door I was assigned to that day. He looked at me, immediately walked over, grabbed my hand, looking directly into my eyes, and said, "you have a call to ministry son." I said, 'yes sir, I do." I didn't end up going to college at ORU, which is a long story. Rev. Roberts suggested that I go to Rhema Bible College, which I did do. Many prominent ministers of the Gospel that I met while working in Public Safety at ORU, likewise told me that I had a call on my life and confirmed that Rhema was where I needed to be. As encouraging as that was, it also created a lot of pressure within me to try to live up to the lofty standards I saw in these ministers lives. I’ve since followed the path God laid out for me, to the best of my understanding, and I am not disappointed.
God obviously had other plans for me. The next part of his ever unfolding plan, is relocating our whole family to Arizona for a fresh start. It's exciting and stressful. I am invigorated by the challenge, but I am also overwhelmed by all the details demanding my time and attention. My whole family echoes these sentiments. I will be looking for new housing, a new job/ministry, and getting ourselves established in the Phoenix area. We've seen God move in some amazing ways. We all believe that this is what we are supposed to be doing. I should know by now to trust what God is doing. Even though I do not completely understand his plan, I know I can trust his hand.
There is a simple formula I follow that guides me:
Life is pretty exciting right now. Our house goes on the market on May 1st. There are already lots of people interested in seeing our home. Maddie and I are flying to Phoenix this week. Opportunities for awesome housing are coming our way.
In conclusion, it is wisdom to stay small in your own eyes. After all, God resists the proud, but exalts the humble. When we go small, God goes big. When stress tries to rob us of our joy, we fight back with prayers of gratitude and thoughts of abundance. I hope you are having a wonder-filled day.
Be blessed my beloved friends.