Last night I was driving. Five different times as I was approaching a red light, it immediately turned green as I was still driving. I was like wow, what a smooth night.
It made me think about life and how we hesitate to move when God says move.
There are so many of you who know what God has said to do, but you're afraid to take that next step.
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. (NIV)
Here we see Saul (the apostle Paul), getting ready to enter into the next phase of his life. There's a lot to unpack here, so let's connect this to your life.
Paul had a heavenly encounter, and a word from the Lord. Like I said, there are many of you who know what God has been saying to you. There are things you want to accomplish that line up with God's plans but they don't seem to be happening. There are new levels in your life you know you are meant to reach but things don't seem to be moving.
The stoplight on the road for your life appears to be red.
A lot of people say they can't hear God. Do you know why that is? One of the reasons is because you haven't done the first thing God said to do. See, he is all about order and process. God doesn't want us to trip and fall down the stairs (or up the stairs), so he wants us to take one step at a time. One step might be bigger or smaller than the other, but it is still one step at a time. The last word he gave you is already pending and waiting for your cooperation for you to move on to the next step. Jesus said to Paul, "get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
You have to go and make a move for you to get further instructions.
Also take note on how Paul was blind now. He couldn't see. Paul had help from the people around him to get to where he needed to be. You need to find your people. You won't be able to achieve the fullness of your life alone. You need to find people with your DNA, and I don't mean biologically. Pride says I can do it on my own. Humility says I need help.
The reason why you need to find your people is because there will always be people around you at some point, but are they the right ones? Take notice in the scripture that the people around Paul only heard a piece of what he experienced. There might be good people in your life who are trying to help you but think small, so don't let their perspective limit your progression. You know what God told you.
Paul also didn't stay on the ground, he got up. Too many of us stay down in life. Get up. You can't get moving if you don't get up. We hold ourselves back.
Paul was blind now. He couldn't see, but he got up and got going. Maybe you can't see how God is going to do what he said he is going to do, but you have to move forward in faith. You've been driving on the path of this part of your life for a long time and it just doesn't seem like you're arriving at your destination. You want to believe God so bad but you just can't see how he's going to do it.
You think you don't have enough resources.
You think you aren't good enough.
You think you can't make it.
You think it's too late.
You think you'll fail.
You don't see it.
But God said you are more than a conqueror. It looks like there's a roadblock in your life but just keep going. Keep praying, keep staying in the word, keep growing, keep loving, keep giving, keep being productive.
The light will turn green if you just keep driving.
Paul didn't eat or drink for three days. I don't recommend something that extreme, but maybe you need to fast for a little bit? Maybe you need to weaken your flesh to strengthen your spirit. Maybe you need to weaken your flesh to strengthen your soul.