“But, that’s not the way we have done it.” Too often, we hear this when changes start taking place. It might be in the way the service is conducted or perhaps in the music played. Maybe the changes come when new leadership takes over or perhaps it is the Lord moving on the hearts of people. How the changes come about isn’t really important, but the reason behind them is. Prayerfully, the changes are occurring as a result of the Lord ministering to open hearts. But in all honesty, not all hearts will be open. Change is also one of the most frightening and/or irritating feelings we encounter during our walk with the Lord. An event that took place several years ago reveals a perfect picture of this.
Isabel, a name I will never forget. Oh, she wasn’t a person but a hurricane that blew through North Carolina. We were fortunate in my coastal area to only receive only minor damage but the Outer Banks received a horrific blow in certain areas. We were scheduled to vacation there just a couple weeks later, but were amazed to learn that our vacation was still a go according to the realtor. The worse damage was to the south of us.
We watched all the news coverage and one picture in particular caught my attention. The only highway had been destroyed and the water now flowed in a new pattern into the inlet. The docks for the ferry were damaged on the southern tip, as well as the main highway. People on the south end were totally stranded, with their only access anywhere was by boat. It was heartbreaking to see lives impacted by the event.
I remember the images repeatedly playing on the newscast. But, at the same time, I saw a spiritual truth in the images. It was the photos of the washout highway and the new flow patterns into the sound area. The Lord began ministering to me through the images. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19. I really began meditating on what He meant.
Often the Lord begins to move in our lives and it seems as if a hurricane is blowing through? We understand how things have worked in the past and now suddenly, the old ways are not working. We feel as if the ceiling has become brass and we are floundering, not knowing where to go from here. However, God is God, and infinitely wiser than any of us. When He brings changes to our life, we stand looking at the ‘new inlet’ and wander how it can be repaired. Can we fix it?
The real question, do the old pathways need to be restored? Do we need to dam up the ‘new inlets’ or do we allow the new flow to show us something new and different? Our natural tendency is the dam up the inlet, repairing the old pathways. Why, because it is what we are familiar with. It has always worked before and we feel safe and secure with the old ways.
But, truthfully the Lord moves on our hearts and He longs to do something new in our spirit. It is not because the old ways are bad but the Lord to reveals a new avenue into His walk. The walk is to draw us closer to Him. It is to show us more of His glory and power. He wants to move in our hearts as never before.
Is the Lord moving in your life today? Are the old ways washed out to sea? Then rejoice in the new inlets, because as we allow Him to move in our life, we will see new life flowing in. Listen closely for the flow. Stand still and watch the Lord to do what seems impossible in your life. Something new is coming!