Fresh Hope – 19th June 2019

If you wear glasses, you know how annoying it is when you’ve got something on your lenses – a mark, a smudge, some dust. Anything in the way of your vision, you just want to clean off, rub off– so you can see with clarity – see everything, and know what is going on without limitation.

Very rarely though do we get to see the whole picture in our lives. Very rarely do we have absolute clarity. Story after story in the Bible we see characters who had to move before they knew. They had to step out, before they had full clarity and vision.

Abraham had to walk his son up the mountain, not knowing God would intervene in his willingness to sacrifice. The woman with only one jar of oil was told to collect empty jars before she knew how they would make her debt free. Noah was told to build an ark before he saw the rainbow. The disciples had to wait for the Holy Spirit Jesus had promised before they could operate in power. On and on there are examples of people who lacked clarity, the whole picture, but had to move in a direction.

If you are desiring direction, and lacking clarity here are some tips:

1. Accept a different norm not seeing it all is normal! Others may look like they have it all together, knowing their direction, but often they are themselves trusting God and contending with the next steps. Accept the fact that not seeing the whole picture is often a normal part of faith life and God uses that position as an opportunity for you to rely on Him, trust Him and operate out of faith.

2. Consider what you loved when you were young. Go back to when you were 5 years old, what were you drawn to? What was most natural to you, before society told you what you should be doing? How has God wired you? This will give often give you insight into your purpose!

3. Take one small step in the direction of what excites you. Don’t be overwhelmed by the whole picture, start small and steward well, then move onto the next opportunity when it arrives.

4. Deal with fear and excuses. Is there fear around that small step? Are you afraid of risk? I know of people who are afraid of driving lessons, or visiting another country, or experiences outside of their comfort zone. They want to do these things, but are essentially bound by fear. Ask for God to guide you through fear to freedom so you can step into what your heart desires!

Isaiah 30:21, ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it”.

Emma Burchell

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