The Air Asia incident over the weekend got my attention. Seeing the video footage of people being rattled around as the plane changed course got me thinking about 2017 so far!
We started this year with clear goals and ideas about how this year would work out in our family, church, finances and health. I could not count the amount of turbulent direction course changes we have had in every single one of these areas so far!! For example, we decided to start saving for a building for our church (we were meeting in a big school) so that we could move in around a year into our own space. Before we knew it, there was a fire at Atwell College and we were moved on within 2 weeks! #uncharteredterritory We also started the year thinking we would sell our home and start buying rental properties, and that we would rent too. That quickly changed to us buying a big block to subdivide. We were gong to build side-by-side. Now it’s changed again and we are going to live in the old house at the front and build on the back, sell and then build on the front. #voyageshift So, I’ve felt like such a flake as I tell people that we are doing something different, again! So many freak waves which has made us shift course again, and again, and again.
Ewen and I were chatting this morning and he was talking about how this year has felt like he has been on a sail boat, tacking and jibing ahead, rather than sailing in a straight line! And hasn’t it been exactly like that? 2017 has been an exercise in faith and flexibility. Only last week as I was praying I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me about not being rigid in what I think should happen, but to be flexible in Him. When the plans don’t work out, or when the pain is too raw and the challenges are too hard, we become fixated on getting out of the situation and making it right (according to our own thinking!). Instead, we need to develop flexibility, and learn the unforced rhythms of grace (Matt 11:28:30). Obviously, faith is the key component in this journey. When we are all at sea, relaxing and being flexible are not usually the first things we think of! However, faith is not relying on our own methods, strengths, timing and clever strategies to pull us through, but allowing Jesus our captain to navigate the ship. We have to cooperate with Him every day so we don’t get hit by the boom, and end up in the water flailing around and being tossed to and fro (Eph 4:14).
So, after not being able to see the land clearly for sometime, I feel like it’s coming into full view. My mum in the Lord, Monie told me yesterday she felt like it was a Jude 1:1-2 season just now, and I fully agree.
‘ I, Jude, am a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James, writing to those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ. Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!’
It’s all going to work out with Jesus at the helm of our ship, navigating the oceans and violent storms, the currents and prevailing winds and the calm, still waters in the doldrums where there feels as though there is no movement. Watch and see.
Psalm 107:23-32 Some of you set sail in big ships; you put to sea to do business in faraway ports. Out at sea you saw God in action, saw his breathtaking ways with the ocean: With a word he called up the wind— an ocean storm, towering waves! You shot high in the sky, then the bottom dropped out; your hearts were stuck in your throats. You were spun like a top, you reeled like a drunk, you didn’t know which end was up. Then you called out to Godin your desperate condition; he got you out in the nick of time. He quieted the wind down to a whisper, put a muzzle on all the big waves. And you were so glad when the storm died down, and he led you safely back to harbor. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. Lift high your praises when the people assemble, shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!