New Alignments and Fresh Assignments
· Are you wondering why you’re daydreaming of greater things?
· Do you have a sense of no longer fitting into a slot that seemed perfectly suited for you before?
· Are you concerned when you’re with people you’ve built a career or ministry with, but something feels off?
· Do things that made sense before no longer appear to be reasonable?
· Is there a feeling of an upward motion, lifting you up allowing the wind to carry you elsewhere?
It may be time for new alignments and fresh assignments.
I don’t think I am alone in this.
Recently, a friend sent me a text. “Thank you for pushing past the old and being obedient to walk into the new. God’s purpose for you here is unfolding.” She expressed what my heart was already feeling, though, I wasn’t able to articulate it.
Did it seem as though it were a new alignment and a fresh assignment? No. I suppose it didn’t need to. I was going with the flow and honoring the prompting with no pressure to perform or make things happen for myself. I cannot always see what is happening at the time it is happening. Looking back over the last year or so, I can see now what I will call “the God-Moves.”
You’ve heard it said, “God moves in mysterious ways.” Yes, He does. And what it often means in plain English is, you don’t know what the heck is happening to you and why things are the way they are. Sometimes they aren’t seeming to be good things either.
The truth is He was setting me up and I didn’t know it. He was preparing a specific space, in a particular place. He was sending me to a people to love and be loved. He was aligning me with new faces and bringing me into community with a family I had not previously known. It’s a new alignment.
God had been operating in his God-Moves behind the scenes to open a door for me with hearts who celebrate what I bring to the collective table. And I truly desire what they carry and celebrate the uniqueness of the community in which I find myself. He paired me up with new partners. We have an assignment.
Does this mean I disappear and abandon my old friends, mantles and mandates? No. I love and honor those people and times. I have ongoing relationships. I am honoring God by following his lead in the mantles and mandates. It’s means the smaller-picture purpose appears differently than in previous seasons. The smaller-picture purpose operates in a variety of frameworks in any given season.
The Big-Picture and the Smaller-Picture Purpose
The big-picture purpose is fulfilled by the smaller-picture steps. It’s called stewardship. How we care for the people and accomplish the goals set before us leads to the big-picture purpose and destinies fulfilled. Process is precious.
Trusting God and His moves keeps us from getting stuck in seasons we are no longer in. Otherwise, you’ll be wearing a winter coat when you should be wearing a bikini.
If you don’t hop on the God-Train and see the pictures and purposes in their context, you will find yourself in difficulty.
If you don’t align with the proper people in the right season, you will end up feeling lonely in a crowded room.
If you don’t embrace the new assignment, you’ll begin to question your value.
If you don’t recognize the big-picture, smaller-picture view, you will begin to wonder whether or not you are in God’s perfect will.
How Do You Know It’s Time for Alignments and Assignments to Shift?
· You may find yourself with people you don’t celebrate and don’t celebrate you.
· You may find yourself doing tasks that aren’t fulfilling.
· You may find yourself struggling with anxiety or depression about the future.
· You may find yourself in stale places feeling suffocated.
· You may find yourself lacking joy and direction.
These aren’t Negative Nancy statements or prophetic declarations of doom and gloom. These are merely a hint as to what may be happening in your very human heart.
The only true way to gauge where you are on the journey is inquire of the Lord.
When David inquired of the Lord, he was given strategic plans in 1 and 2 Samuel. If you inquire of the Lord, I am sure He will let you in on His secrets too.
When individual pieces of a puzzle come together, they create a greater picture. So do the pieces of your life.
Embrace the new alignments and fresh assignments and watch what happens.
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