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A new place
When last did you leave your comfort zone and visit a place you have never been to before?
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a difference country – maybe it’s visiting a hospital, or joining some friends in their prison ministry or even attending a conference to deepen your understanding of God’s word? We become so accustomed to the familiar that we are in danger of developing short-sightedness in terms of our purpose.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Matthew 25:34-36
How will the world ever see Jesus if we are tugged away in the safety of our homes, doing our duty at church but failing our neighbours? You and I have something that the world needs and we do not have an infinite amount of time to complete our mission here on earth.
David would never have been crowned king if he never left his father’s home, gathered and trained a group of mighty men to be warriors. If Joseph was content to tend sheep, he would never have fulfilled his destiny in ruling as prime minister of Egypt.
Last year I was working in a place where I wasn’t growing. I felt frustrated, constrained even, because I knew there was so much more that I should be doing with my life. A year later, I sit in a place of greater faith in the goodness of God, a deeper love for my Maker and a bubbling joy of things to come. I would have missed my Kairos time if I chose to stay where I was. I tried to figure out what to do in the situation and started applying for jobs that I thought I would excel in. Yet God had a divine plan for my life and closed every door that would lead to a detour… once I fixed my eyes on Him and sought to align myself with His will, that’s when He told me to walk on the water of faith.
"See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.
Faith is trusting in a God that knows the names of every star in the universe yet still measures the beating of your heart. Even though the past year has been fraught with challenges and emotional hurdles, through every experience I learnt something new about the nature of God, about His specific plan for my life.
Most people never start on their great adventure of faith because of fear of the unknown. Yet whether we like it or not, change will come. I would much rather be in a new place with God than stuck in the same old rut. Our Heavenly Father is a completer; He didn't just start creating the earth and only half-fill the oceans, or give us one eye in the middle of our forehead. Once we take that first shaky step of faith, He will arm us with strength and make our ways perfect.
I dare you to step into a new place with God today.
"For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36
Cheryl Ramurath is South Africa's Purple Brain. You can read more of her devotional material and articles by logging on to www.purplebrain.co.za