Time again for what can honestly be called my favorite time of the week. Set aside a moment to relax, wind down a bit and receive that strength you need today.
Remember that no matter what you might be going through, what decisions you have to make, whatever you find on your plate, God is with you and will bring you through, for sure.
It's never the end.
So last night, I felt a wind of change.
Even though here in Chicago, there's more than enough snow to share with the entire world, I had certain words in my heart and mind just ringing over and over again:
TIME FOR A CHANGE.
Change can mean a lot of different things for different people.
Change can happen in a hundred ways.
For me, it tends to mean using my creative side to stir things up.
So fast forward 12 hours later, my entire room, furniture and all, has been moved to its opposite wall. Very feng shui.
Kind of an over-the-top example, but back in the times of Old Testament, the Israelites were in need of a change.
Their bad habits and constant rebellion against God had caught up with them. So God allowed them to be captured and taken over by an enemy country.
Drastic? By our standards, yeah.
Necessary? According to everything happening before and after the siege, yes, apparently so.
What seems to be one of the worst times in the nation's history, out of it, God still managed to have some amazing things grow. Specifically for four young men — Daniel (Belteshazzar), Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) — who developed into the wisest and most knowledgeable in all of the kingdom.
So I can't help but wonder:
would they have become who they were if changed hadn't happened?
The first chapter in the book of Daniel says that these guys were from royalty, of the noble class. They most likely had access to a great education, an exclusive amount of wealth and power.
But would they have risen up to be among the most understanding and influential of the nation, if the siege had never happen?
So if in your life, you're feeling a need for change, what is it for?
Are there bad habits peppering your day-to-day right now that need to be weeded out in order for you to move on to your next level?
Maybe you might be resisting moving in some way because you're scared of what it might mean for you. What it might say about who you are presently.
CHANGE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SCARY.
It doesn't have to consume you.
It doesn't always have to do with making the ultimate sacrifice or cutting down the thing you love most.
Sometimes change is an earthquake, coming to shake everything up, and sometimes it's a gentle breeze, just strong enough to make leaves fall from branches or to cause a fruit to drop down to the ground.
Whatever it currently is for you, don't resist it.
Change comes to relieve us of the unnecessary and free us from what's tying us down in the wrong ways.
We don't have to find comfort in our usual routines or in "that's how they just are" moments.
I needed change to clear my mind and my space so that I could be more productive and walk in my calling with more ease.
Where are the winds blowing for you today?
What kind of change do you need?
Are you ready to be ok with it?
Sometimes a need for change means acknowledging that we can't do everything by ourselves.
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Love you all. Love yourselves. Let change happen. It'll be ok.