If you are like me (and my oldest son), you want to know the ‘why’ behind something. I’m a deep thinker so I’m always curious about the origin of things. Today I figured I would give you the insight behind Releasing Arrows – my website name and the question of ‘what is God calling you to do’?
January 2017 was the time tides starting shifting for me personally. As our family entered into our annual 21 Day Fast I knew it was an opportunity for me to hear Gods footprints for 2017. What is the forecast? What steps need to be taken now for the year to play out as God intends?
We started the year off with a bang of a word from pastor Steven Furtick on December 31, 2016 literally taking us into New Years Day – Good Morning Midnight. I still have the quote written on my bathroom mirror.
As days pressed on the new series, Work Your Window, started. While listening to bits and pieces of this series, a certain component of The Power of Precision grabbed my ear. The scriptures used were in 2 Kings 13. A story not often told.
14 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
15 Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. 16 “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
At the time of hearing the message I was wrestling with starting a website, blog, whatever. I knew God was calling me to write. During the course of the I Am ____ Journey series at Crossroads I was pressed to make a next step commitment in this area… who Am I? And what’s the next step I need to take to make this happen?
So there I sat. Wrestling for weeks on this topic. My husband and I discussed several names. The usual topic of Raising Arrows came to mind (Psalm 127:5), but God showed me more. We are not simply raising our children, we are releasing them into a great and mighty calling, individual for their life, placed on them by God. Then He showed me how that message applied to me personally.
If you want to take ahold of what I’ve placed in you, you need to pick up your bow (pen), take aim (write) and shoot (just do it)
What He was showing me was that walking in the call God had placed on my life is not simply looking at it from a distance, analyzing it, then determine it makes no sense how to get from point A to point B. As Tim Hill would say, that’s analysis paralysis. We would get stuck! Nothing would happen. Why?!? Because our calling is supposed to be bigger than us. Bigger than anything we could accomplish alone.
So I leave this nugget with you my friends… What is God calling you to do? What area are you stuck in? Ask God right now to show you the next step you need to take toward your calling. I pray and believe with you that He will show you. Amen