This last season of my life has had many defining moments. No one escapes having these kind of moments; however, most of us try to avoid them. I’m talking about the kind of moments that are extremely challenging, the kind that will change you either for good or for bad, depending on your response.
These are moments when we have the opportunity to choose to purposefully go forward, intentionally anticipating God to make a way through it, refusing to give into the seen challenges and difficulties, believing all things will work out together for good.
These moments are reason enough to learn to set our mind on what God says, trusting all things are possible through Christ, believing the Spirit will guide us and get us through it all.
The Old Testament records the story of Joshua, a leader who had been raised up to lead the people into the Promised Land. At first glance we might not see it; however, the first chapter of the book of Joshua describes one of those defining moments. Joshua was commissioned to lead the people of God into the Promised Land. Even so, how he did it would make the difference of the outcome for all concerned. He had to make the choice to focus on what was in front of him rather than on what was behind him, setting his mind on what God said to do, pushing forward.
It was not an easy time for the people or for Joshua. Moses, his friend and leader, had died. Most likely Joshua was not only dealing with immense grief but an internal struggle, wondering how he could possibly fill the job Moses had had for so many years. And. It would seem he had to have been thinking about his failure to convince the people to trust God and enter the Promised Land despite the “giants” they had seen in the land. After all, he, too, had the consequence of wandering for forty years in the desert when the people refused to believe his report that it was possible to conquer the land.
In the defining moment, Joshua had the choice to allow his emotions and thoughts to center on his grief, struggle, and his failure or to purposefully push forward with the mindset God gave him:
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, NLT).
The rest of the story is amazing, but it all began with his choice to push forward. The thing is . . . Joshua gives me hope from his decision to push forward with strength and courage . . . intentionally refusing to allow fear and discouragement to control him, completely giving himself to the command of God. It would not have worked if he had pressed into his circumstances rather than pushed through them, ignoring what God had said to do. That said, Joshua did not do it on his own, his decisive action to push forward was made through the energy and power of the Spirit of God, clearly revealed in each section of his story. And. God offers the same power to us, promising to get us through it, when we choose to go the way God provides for us to go.
The defining moment changes us for good when we choose to do what God says to do, pushing forward through the Spirit’s power with strength and courage, refusing fear and discouragement, realizing we are not alone on this journey.
It takes the choice to do it:
- Make a decision like Joshua did.
- Choose to push forward rather than to press into the circumstances, doing what God says to do with strength and courage.
- Refuse to allow fear and discouragement to control you.
- Change for the good through the energy and power of the Spirit of God.
Learning to Kickstart the day pushing forward,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
A defining moment . . . with my niece, Natalie, and granddaughter, Madelyn . . . pushing forward together, believing all things work out for good. (My niece, Giorgi, is in the background with her famous smile).