The wind is howling as I type. It was 60 degrees today despite the rain but the temperature has drastically dropped. It's cold and blustery. As in knock you down, blow you over. The winds of change signaling the onset of winter.
A few days ago I tweeted a blog by Clayton King that caused some heads to roll. I'm not trying to send any mixed signals or subliminal messages. It's true; there are things in life that will drain the life out of you and the only response should be to cut them off, cut them out, eliminate what robs you of your job and creativity. Anything that could pose as an attack or threat to your relationship with Christ may ultimately be something that needs to be cut out.
Then I read the short devotional below, words from God to anyone facing change:
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by Marsha Burns
"You have been in a time of old things coming to an end. And, even though you cannot see ahead to know what is coming, you can trust Me to continue to shut the doors that need to be shut and to open the doors that need to be opened. Do not be afraid, for I am with you to bring you into divine purpose and destiny, and I will fill the void in your heart and any sense of emptiness that has resulted from changes that are taking place, says the Lord. Put your trust in Me."
Revelation 3:8 "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name."
Here's what I need to say before anyone else freaks out. I know a lot of people who need to read Clayton King's blog because of people, addictions, situations or 'things' in their lives that need to be cut off. I also know a lot of people who need the above words as confirmation that this time of old things is in fact coming to an end with the promise of new things to come. There are people who need to be affirmed that doors will be opened by God and no one can interfere with HIS plan. There are others who may not be able to rest tonight without knowing the void in their heart will be filled. Do you hear me on this?!
I share from my heart. Remember "sharing my business without telling all my business?" So what I'm sharing right now is real and personal to me for a lot of reasons, some known and some not. But it's also because I know people and I know their struggles. And in my own situations, trials and circumstances, I'm praying that somehow a lesson or word of encouragement that God gives me might also be a blessing to someone else.
So whether you're looking at the enemy attacking your life and trying to muster up the strength to cut it off, or if you're waiting for the doors of change to fling open while your present circumstance becomes a thing of the past, this blog is for you. It's so you know there's hope in the midst of the devastation; comfort in the midst of pain. Really, it's so you know - whatever the circumstance - you're not alone.
The winds of change are coming. A new day. A new season. A new opportunity. You must cut off anything that hinders you from being faithful to God so that He might have full access to your life - every part, even the flaws and failures - so He can make room for the new doors to fling wide open. You can look change in the eyes and say you're ready.