“As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!’
I was reading about a 60-year-old hotel in Kansas that was being renovated into apartments. Another in the series of stories within the same article was one of a rusty ship that was docked in Philadelphia and being restored and made into a hotel or a museum.
Then there was another story in the same article about an old airplane Hangar, “number 61” at the old Stapleton Airport in Colorado, which was being transformed into a church.
All the structures had one thing in common, they had the appearance of buildings that had outgrown their original purpose and use and were being transformed into something new.
Someone came along and was was able to see something that wasn’t visible to the naked eye and by the leading of God’s Spirit purposed the old to look like something unlike what it originally was.
Such are the ways of God, He takes things that outwardly may have the appearance of something worn, haggard with no real use and makes something new out of it for His glory!
I started to thinking that If these structures can find new life and purpose, why not people?
I began to think about men in the Bible whose lives took an unexpected direction, but look at what God was able to do with them.
There was Jacob, who wrestled with the angel of the Lord, that resulted in a disjointed leg. (Genesis 32); Moses, who talked to a burning bush (Exodus 3). Then there was Paul, whom God had to temporarily blind to get his attention.(Acts 9).
Their stories were different, but all had one thing in common, there was a change of purpose when their encounter with God sent them down a new path….
No doubt we too may experience circumstances that will change the course of our lives, paths that will take us in different directions then we thought were right for us.
But God reminds us of this:
I loved you before you loved Me. I want to give you hope and a future. Give all your worries to Me because I care about you.
(1John 4:19; Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Peter 5:7; John 10:10)
Maybe today you are in the midst of a season of change, and perhaps they lead through a way you didn’t plan for yourself or maybe even you thought you were on the right path following the plan God had purposed for you, only to find that yes, you’re on the right path, but there’s just these little side roads God is asking you to walk with Him.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.”
As you cling to God’s promises, ask Him to reveal new direction and purpose for your life, and as you walk with Him on this path, meditate on His promises.
“and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21)
“For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” (2Corinthians 1:20)
“For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27)
ENTRUST THE PLANS GOD HAS PROMISED INTO HIS ABLE HANDS