I spent January 1, 2018 cleaning and organizing my room in the apartment. If you saw the piles you would’ve thought I was moving. But I needed to purge. Purge on all the crap I have but don’t need. Organize the messiness so it’s bearable to look at. To rearrange so I can take a breath at newness.
While I was cleaning I saw a note I had written to myself a few months back, declaring that 2018 Ariane would have the promises that 2017 Ariane was preparing her for. That 2017 was a training ground for what God was doing and would reveal in 2018.
Well, I have no clue if God will actually reveal those things to me, but I needed the reminder that trials refine our faith [1 Peter] and prepare us for what’s to come. That the hardships we go through are not for nothing, but they are preparing us for what God has in store for us that is yet to come.
I am in a season of wandering in the wilderness. My prayers have finally brought me to my knees in broken abandon. Declaring that I have no clue what to do right now. Declaring that I recognize my lack of control in this season. Declaring that don’t know where I’m going and I don’t even know where I want to try and go.
Declaring through a broken heart, “Take me where you want me to go this year Lord. I have no plans. I have no direction. I have no clue. It’s you and me this year, Lord. Thy will on my life be done. Where do You want us to go this year? Take me there.”
And then this verse came up on the Holy Bible App.
And it was an encouragement. He is about to do something new in my life. He is about to take me somewhere that is not here. He is about to do something new within my heart. He is about to do something new within my soul. And He has already begun the process. He has already been at work. This is not new to Him, and He will rescue me.
He is at work in our lives. Already preparing us for the future He has so perfectly planned for us. He is creating a pathway through the wilderness to bring me out.
And this season is not for nothing.
My Training Ground – Series is perfect for this season. I am still waiting. I am still watching. I am still preparing in the “smaller” battles, becoming faithful in those, so that I can be faithful with much.