The ”P” for today is Plan. After we come to terms with the fact the old normal is over, we must put it to rest. We commemorate and mourn what we’ve lost, then take time to be with God, trusting his will for our new normal and determining our purpose.
In Numbers 13, after God took the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, it took only forty days to reach the Jordan River banks bordering the land of Canaan on the other side. When the twelve spies came back from their reconnaissance mission, to describe what God’s promised land looked like, ten of the spies said there was no way they could take the land from the occupants who were as large as giants. Two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua, assured the Israelites the land was bountiful, and God had promised it to them.
Unfortunately, the fear-mongering of the ten other spies frightened the people badly, so they refused to cross the Jordan and demanded Moses take them back to the wilderness by the Red Sea. You see, the people were ready, but they weren’t prepared. So they ended up living in the wilderness for 40 years until those who disobeyed had died. God would only allow their adult children under Joshua’s leadership to cross over into the Promised Land.
The moral of the story is to trust God, lean on him, and obey his commands. He has placed a time, Bridges refers to as the Neutral Zone, between the end of accepting the loss of our comfort zone and the beginning of the new normal. What are we supposed to do there, you ask? Focus on God, pray, wait, and plan. This is how to ready yourself for the new normal. Refuse to let your tendency to be a “Control Expert” or fear of danger and failure lead you or stop you. Let the Lord God Almighty, Savior of your soul, be your guide and guardian as you plan for what is to come.
Ben suggests we consider planning to serve God in the new normal. There are ministry opportunities galore here at CedarCreek. My husband and I took Ben up on that suggestion and attended the Group Leadership class after the service. So now we can begin planning what kind of group(s) we are interested in leading. Also, being on the Dream team, or First Impressions cleaning team or serving with teens or children are ways to bless others as well.
So get going, leave what’s gone behind you, and follow the Lord to your new normal.
Do you trust the power and perfection of God Almighty to lead you? If not, why not? Are you asking yourself, “Why me?” because things have changed in your life that you don’t like? Is that helping you?
If you haven’t turned control of your life over to our Savior Christ Jesus’ loving care, do so.
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If you would like to know more about the events of Israelites’ 40 years, read from Numbers 12 through Deuteronomy 34 when Moses dies. A lot happens in 40 years. By the way, if they had not rebelled, the 40-year journey would have only taken about eleven days.
Father God, the one true God, Creator of all that exists and lover of my soul, I’m sorry for ever doubting your sovereignty over all things, and I’m sorry for doubting your many promises to me. Promises that you go before me, behind me, and with me all the days of my life. Please forgive me for my fear and anxiety during a time of upheaval and uncertainty. You have already determined its role and my destiny. Thank you for your love and protection. Please help me to plan with you at the center of my plans and help me to wait serenely for the time when you say “go.” In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
This post was written by Martha Smith, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study. Martha describes herself as a lover of Christ who likes to share faith with others.
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