God seems to speak to me in themes, getting my attention by repeating the same concepts in different ways. Recently, the fact that God will make a way where there seems to be none — moving mountains and parting the sea, so to speak — has been prevalent.
Even more recently, a follow-up concept hit me like a ton of bricks: when He moves the mountain or parts the sea, that’s when I need to get a move on. When He clears the way for me to live my purpose, I still have to walk out the path that now has no mountain or sea in its way.
When God parted the Red Sea, it was to make a way for the Israelites to walk out of Egypt (where they were slaves) to the Promised Land. He made a way through the sea where there had been no way, but they had to walk across with those unnerving walls of water on either side. Even when they got to the other side, they had to keep going. God continued to make a way and to provide for them, but they had to keep walking.
Sadly, they eventually stopped because of their fear and wandered around in the desert for forty years. Forty years! Let’s not let that be us!
What does walking it out mean?
It will be different for each person, but it will most likely include something that stretches us and makes us a bit uncomfortable. To live and fulfill our purpose, it may mean learning a new skill, gaining some knowledge, networking with people, or moving to a new location.
Don’t make the mistake of latching onto someone else who has what you need. Depending on others to enable you to live your purpose will only bring you both to a standstill.
Likewise, realize it’s not your job to enable someone else to live their purpose. They need to do the legwork themselves.
We each have our own path to walk and need to do our own work to acquire what is needed for our individual journeys. We can encourage each other and lend/receive help along the way. But no one else can carry us to our Promised Land, nor can we carry them.
Is the next move yours?
If you’re feeling stuck and wondering why you haven’t progressed any faster than you have in what God has called you to do, consider that perhaps He has already provided the opportunity and the next move is yours. Or perhaps you’re lacking progress because you’ve been busy helping everyone else and haven’t focused on walking your own path.
Sometimes we do need to wait on the Lord to show us the what and the where. Or to move the mountains and seas in our way. But once He has, the next move is ours.
God will make a way for us and continue to be with us every step of the way — leading us, helping us, providing for us, equipping us, just as He did for the Israelites — but also like them, we need to walk it out!
Nothing is Impossible
If you’re at a place in life where God hasn’t yet removed the mountain in your way or parted the sea, be encouraged that nothing is impossible that God calls us to do!
Consider Mary, a virgin who was asked to birth God’s Son without ever having sexual relations with a man. In the words of the angel Gabriel who appeared to Mary,
“Consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:36-38 CSB)
If God could empower a virgin to give birth to His Son, He can certainly empower you to accomplish all that He is calling you to be and to do. Don’t you think?! The Apostle Paul certainly seemed to think so:
For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 AMP)
An Opportunity to Experience God’s Power
If you’re in a place where you know it will take divine intervention to do what God is calling you to do, rejoice. You are about to experience the miraculous hand of God in your life! I love this quote:
“Be careful the moment you say, ‘That’s impossible!’ When you do, you are saying more about your faith in God than about the ability of your church [or yourself and your own resources]. Never reduce a command of God to a level where you think you can obey it. When God asks you to do something that is impossible, rejoice! — because God is now going to bring you to a place where you’ll experience His divine power working through you or else you will fail. That is a wonderful, exciting place to be in!” (Henry and Richard Blackaby)
There’s a reason God encourages us to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). First God creates us for a purpose, later He calls us on a mission, and then He makes a way. Until that mountain moves or the sea parts, we have to keep walking by faith believing that He will make a way for us to live our purpose and answer His calling in His perfect timing.
A Masterpiece and a Work in Progress
Remember that you are a Masterpiece and a Work in Progress at the same time. Celebrate the wonder of who your Creator made when He designed and created you. At the same time, allow Him to mold, lead, and guide you as you put one foot in front of the other!
Do you know what your purpose is?
If you don’t, I would be delighted to help you discover it. Each time I do a Life Purpose Discovery Session with someone, I am in awe of the uniqueness of each person and the beauty of their purpose as it unfolds during our time together. Don’t hesitate to sign up for your session — the sooner you understand what you were created to be and to do, the sooner you’ll have clarity in all aspects of your life. And not just for now, but for the rest of your life!
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