The past two weeks I’ve been living in Uganda with an amazing group of people. As I sit here in a little coffee shop nuzzled in the midst of busy Kampala, I’m presented with so many topics to write about.
My first Sunday here we attended Ggaba Community Church where the Pastor spoke on Isaiah 54:1-5. This passage writes of a woman who was barren and could not have children. The Lord speaks to her and tells her to sing a song of joy because He has promised her many children. The Lord commands her to stretch her tent and prepare for his blessings. God does not just say she will have one or two children but He promises that her family will stretch far to the right and the left. When God promises, he delivers more than we could ever imagine or ask for.
I never imagined I’d be able to spend a summer in a country half way around the world. I never imagined that I’d have calling and vision spoken over my life that scare me and excite me all at the same time.
Sometimes I feel like my life is a beautiful painting hiding under a blanket. When God speaks whispers of my future to me, it is like he is revealing only one corner of an amazing picture.
As I fall in love with the pieces of His masterpiece, I can’t even begin to fathom how his promises will be played out or what the rest of that painting will look like.
But I do know that I can’t sit back and do nothing. When God asks you to follow his calling in your life, you need to stretch your tents and prepare for whatever that calling may be.
I feel like often when we pray to God, though our intentions are genuinely good, we open our hands and ask for his blessings, but then we go back to a life that shows no preparation for these blessings.
When God speaks, he speaks truthfully and boldly. If He promises us a fulfilled life, then we better prepare for that! If God says “you will have many children” to the woman who has tried for years, then she should rejoice and stretch her tent! Because he is a GOOD Father and he does not make empty promises.
A good friend of mine reminded me that God carries us from glory to glory. He does not pause in-between a promise. He doesn’t drop you in valley. Isaiah 54:10 says “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
When He says to the barren woman that He has an unfailing love and a great compassion, he says that to all of us. His blessings are coming so act as if they are. Work as hard as you can to prepare for them.
When the Lord speaks to your ministry and promises great life change, then rejoice and prepare for that calling. When he says your marriage will be healed, then rejoice and pray for your spouse and seek counsel. When he says your sickness will be healed, then rejoice and accept prayers for healing whenever you can and envision a life of freedom through your health. When He says your hope for adoption will come to fruition, then rejoice and know your family will expand in His perfect timing.
Trust His timing. Trust that He is a good shepherd. As He carries you from glory to glory, as the mountains shake, as you seek Him, as you’re reminded of His unfailing love, REJOICE and WORK hard to prepare for an outpouring of abundant blessings.
By: Rebekah Bryan