Emily began writing short stories and poetry as a little girl, entered the blogging world in her early 20's, and recently released her first book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing). She enjoys being a stay-at-home momma while still being able to freelance write. Believing she has been forgiven of much, she loves much, and desires to point others to Christ and His redemptive and transforming power. If you would like to connect with Emily or learn more about her book, you can visit her website: www.emilyrosemassey.com
Have you ever noticed how when seasons in the natural sometimes coincide with the shifting of personal experiential seasons in our lives?
It has happened to me countless times. In the Fall, especially.
The weather is beginning to announce that winter will be here sooner than we expect, and I am oh so thankful that God has given us transitional seasons like Fall and Spring, so that it isn't too much of a jolt of change for our bodies.
I believe the Lord does the same thing for us with spiritual things as well.
When He announces that a new season is ahead for us, He almost always gives us a period of time for preparation so that we will be...well...prepared for the next new assignment that He has for us.
For me, little did I know at the time, I was being prepared to go back out into the marketplace to be a light in the world. Although it has only been almost two years of being a stay-at-home mom, I haven't been out in the marketplace since May 2013. For four and a half years, the Lord used a job (that some days I seriously loathed) to change my heart and mindset about assignments from Him.
I was so consumed with the idea that God cared so much more about what I did for Him. Because of the nature of the job (in a small medical office), I constantly questioned why a girl with a theatre and dance degree was making insurance calls and scheduling appointments. As the Lord began to change me from the inside out, I realized that God was much more concerned with WHO I was reaching instead of WHAT I was doing. That assignment taught me so much about God's heart for the lost and hurting and anchored me to a level of boldness and faith in Jesus.
Now having that experience under my belt and more years spent with the Father deepening my history with Him, ridding me of distractions and other idols, and cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, I can say that I eagerly await this new assignment!
I'm looking forward to building new relationships with coworkers and managers as well as opportunities to witness to the customers I will assist on a daily basis. I know that the enemy has his assignments against me in this next season, but as always, I choose to put on the armor of God and stand my ground for the Kingdom. I'm trusting that the work God has done in my heart and soul over the last two years has prepared me to be sent out into the field that is ripe with harvest.
God's timing is always perfect and He doesn't miss a thing when it comes to His Kingdom plans.
How about you?
Are you willing to yield to Him so He can prepare to use you in the days ahead?
Just like a tree must be pruned to bear more fruit, are you willing for God to strip some things away for a little while so you can see more fruit of the Spirit developed in you?
Are you willing to spend time in the secret place to allow your roots to go down deeper into your relationship with the Father?
I can promise you that if you surrender to God's mighty hand, He will do the work necessary to equip you to what He has called you to do.
As the seasons change, let it be a reminder to you that God wants to change you because He has big assignments for you to do!