We have to be strategic and we must seek divine strategy, but we have found, and are finding, that following the wind of the Spirit and catching God’s current isn’t about clarity for the entire journey, but it is finding the trust to start. In this week’s episode of the Calibrate Life Podcast, David and Donna talk about pushing out into the current.
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Learning to Catch the Wind
We are recording this episode of Calibrate Life in Princeton, WV, where I grew up and embraced a call to vocational ministry. While the core of the call of God upon my life has remained intact, the way it has played out does not look a lot like the visions I had in my head and heart as a 17 year-old young man.
Honestly, we are a bit dazed at the reality of where the paths of the great adventure are taking us. This episode, as was last week, is a little more unpacking of some of the things we are learning as we try to wrap our heads around the fact that we are actually preparing and aligning resources to move to Africa.
We look forward to working with other leaders to change the leadership culture of Africa by partnering with and lifting leaders intent on advancing the gospel through multiplication and church planting.
It seems things rarely end up looking exactly the way we thought they would when we started most any journey.
In this episode we reference a story in a book written by Dr. Carolyn Tennant: Catch the Wind of the Spirit.
There is Usually a Tension Between the Spiritual and the Strategic
We have to be strategic and we must seek divine strategy, but we have found, and are finding, that following the Wind, catching God’s current isn’t about clarity for the entire journey, but it is finding the trust to start.
Even with our direction to go to Africa, my nature is that I want specifics, and we do have specifics, we know the CORE of why we are going, we know we will be working in our passion zone, but as a fearless leader of mine keeps saying, we have to ride loose in the saddle.
One thing leads to the next.
One current leads to the next.
We have talked much about this, but we will miss the greatness of God’s plan if we are too rigid to go with shifts in the winds and the currents.
I don’t even WANT the specifics, because floating out into God’s current and letting the wind of the Spirit move us is better.
Trusting is Almost Always Risky
We cannot possibly see all of the things God sees, so we have to be willing to take the risk of trust. The greatest things to discover are those things we were incapable of anticipating or conceiving.
The Bible says that the Word of God is a lamp at our feet illuminating the path. It does not say it is halogen headlights lighting the highway for miles ahead. One step at a time is illuminated. If you do not take the next step because you want the next 15 steps… you will never find yourself in the middle of your next great adventure.
Calibration Tools… Calibrating Our Lives and Lifting Those We Love and Lead
- What was/is your vision? Does it look the way you thought it would? How is it different? Are you good with how it is developing?
- Have you made a commitment to push into the current without oars or a rudder? Some people will never do this, some feel incapable of this, but the spiritual facet of Calibrate360 is that trust in God is essential. What “oars” and “rudders” do you need to surrender before you can go with the current?
- When the “current” takes you someplace you don’t want to be, what is your response? Can you embrace it as the place you are supposed to be in that moment, or do you fight it? How do you deal with this reality?
We made a commitment two years ago to really trust God by doing what he was asking us in that season. It was our season to fully step into the adventure God had prepared for us.
This is not about manufacturing scenarios, or about taking foolish risks, this is about trusting God to take the path and follow the currents that you know in your heart you are to take.