The final landscape discussed at our conference was The Wide Open Spaces of God. To quote Beth Booram's website:
The wide open spaces of God are often preceded by a time when we feel suffocated, stifled or disillusioned. Finally, there is a break in the clouds and we catch sight of a new way of doing life, a way that brings freedom. Through these seminal experiences we turn out into the wide open spaces of God. God gives us the courage to break free and invites us to explore a much bigger life than we thought was ours.
To reiterate my past few posts on our life's landscapes (my reflections from our women's conference), in my life over the past 6 months I have been in what I thought was my promised land (my ministry), caught a glimpse of what God may have for me in a new "land" (a new ministry?), gone up the mountain to seek God's direction and taken a leap into the wide open spaces of God. It has been quite a journey and has been thrilling to see God's fingerprints all over my life through some decisions I've made, the women's conference and my recent experiences at the Cove (which I will be blogging about next).
Do you have a vision of a bigger life for yourself? What does that look like to you? Is it a happier home or a more meaningful ministry? What are you holding on to so tightly that is keeping you from all God has planned for you? What are you saying "no" to in order so you can keep your life small and manageable?
Our speaker had lots to say regarding the "wide open spaces", but remember, I'm not trying to provide a summary, but merely how I related personally to what was discussed. You see, I have recently stepped out into God's wide open space, not knowing what God has planned for me, but knowing that He is in control and only wants the best for me as Jeremiah 29:11 says:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (NIV)
I have much to say about how this verse has come up in my life lately, and will probably share at a later, but sooner-than-later date. For now, let's just say that God has been very good to me in reassuring me that a decision I've made is what He intends for my life. What is the decision that has propelled me into the wide open spaces? I have decided that I must move on to another church - where, I don't know - and leave my ministry and current church home of almost 10 years behind. As to the reason, I prefer not to discuss here. (If anyone wants to discuss further "offline", send me an email). Suffice it to say that my decision was finally made after much deliberation and prayer and that God has finally told me to go for a variety of reasons.
So, I'm out here. Homeless in the "Wide Open Spaces of God" but looking forward to all that He has promised for my life as I wholeheartedly seek His direction for it. I pray that each one of you, dear readers, has the courage to explore a bigger life than what you are currently living. What is it that God wants you to do? If you know, is it time to respond to the call? If you aren't sure, have you been to see Him on the "mountain"? If it is the time, what are you really waiting for?
Until next time,