You ever have a near death experience? A close call, or a quick change in decision that may have saved your life? I did this week and the outcome has re-directed my steps for WEEK 3 of the Whole Armor 30 Day Challenge. My time for week 3 of this challenge will be spent quiet, sensitive to hear direction in my life.
For those who are new to the 30 day challenge, it’s meant to prompt changes in your life and how you schedule your time. There’s an order we must keep in our lives and there are times for everything (read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Last week I was able to destroy a number of tasks and burdens that were holding me up for future growth. I am excited to say I accomplished most of last week’s challenge, even the dog got a bath!
But as I mentioned earlier, this week I will remain quiet so that I can listen for direction in my life. When you have a near death experience it can produce many emotions. As I waited at a red light I realized there was a very large construction vehicle next to me in the left turn lane. When the light turned green I waited a bit because the large vehicle next to me was blocking my vision from seeing to my left to spot if there was traffic still coming from that direction. When I did decide to go, it seemed as if I was enveloped in a shield and pulled backwards. In my head I recognized this strange feeling and simultaneously an extremely large dump truck came flying over 60 mph through the red light. If I would have gone through the light immediately when it turned green or if I wouldn’t have been pulled back by God’s angels, I would definitely have been killed. When I finally made it through the light I pulled over in shock. This was the first time I felt like my life should have ended. It’s a strange feeling when something like that happens, it makes you evaluate every aspect of your time spent on earth.
I don’t take this experience lightly and I will definitely learn from it. Also, as scary as that event was, I believe things are in the proper order. Week one of the challenge I was really focusing on how my time was spent – carefully planning time with friends and family, time for spiritual growth, time for enjoyment, time for ministry. Week two I felt a fire for a new burden but knew I had to destroy some existing barriers in my life and in my schedule in order to move forward. Week two allowed me time to close several open projects in my life so I can begin construction on new passions. Week three has reminded me to be cautious in what I take on. To spend time appreciating what is around me. To gain clear direction from the Lord on any new steps in my life. I want to take this week to make sure I’m in the will of God. The last thing I want to do is end this 30 day challenge with a more confused schedule than what I started with. I want it to be in order and centered around God.
I challenge you all this week, do you need to stop and listen for direction in your situation? Maybe you go and go and never take the time to evaluate where it is you’re supposed to be going. There is time that must be taken in silence so that great things can be birthed. I challenge you to spend time in silence each day this week and just LISTEN. Let us find greatness in the beauty of silence!
I would love for you to share your experience in this 30 day challenge. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how your life has change. If you want to read more about the 30 Day Challenge visit http://www.wholearmorministry.com/blog.