“Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”
(Genesis 12:1 ESV)
Sometimes you have to just get up and go…either physically or metaphorically.
Sometimes, you have to get up and go to see God change a lot of other things.
God doesn’t always tell you where you’re going.
You go anyway.
In the biblical narrative, God often changes the names of people that He is doing a new work in…after they’ve left somewhere familiar.
Abram becomes Abraham, Israel becomes Jacob, Simon becomes Peter, etc.
The name change is symbolic of a change in identity and purpose, changes wrought by a sovereign God working through His people to bless His people and the people they touch.
The change often came when their identity and purpose had already been well established… later in life.
It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks…it’s even harder to get one to respond to a new name and purpose.
In this economic and social climate a lot of us are trying to “reinvent” or “rename” ourselves to survive and support ourselves.
We may not change our names, but we seek Spirit inspired changes to our lives that reflect a new vocation and purpose.
In my life it seems the Lord has shut every door to traditional employment.
The job applications submitted and rejected now number in the thousands.
My favorite rejection was a polite letter informing me that I wasn’t qualified to be a “specimen courier”…
The doors that have stayed open are here with the blog and the podcast…and with an incredibly patient literary agent.
My hope and prayer is that in this year God changes my identity from “unemployed” to “self employed”.
My prayer is that He changes me from a statistic to an overcomer.
That prayer…is scary.
It means that I have to do things that I’m not comfortable with and do them with no guarantee of a positive outcome.
It’s a risk…and a risk that will only pay off through the blessing of God.
It means self promotion, it means trying new things here, and it means devoting a lot of time to writing.
To be honest, I’m not sure all that it means, but all of it scares me.
I covet your prayers and ideas…I need to make this blog and the other media we’re involved in to be the best it can be.
It all has to serve the people of God or it will all turn to ash in my mouth.
Thank you for the years of reading and support, thank you even more for your prayers.
I’m on a “road trip” with Jesus…I hope you come along with me.