We are moving right along into the 2021 year; however, since we aren't too far into the year, 2020 isn't yet a faded memory. I honestly don't think 2020 will be forgotten, just like 9-11. Only being a few months into 2021, we can recall all if not most of 2020. As 2020 began to come to a close, I started to reflect on the year. I went into 2020, saying, "20/20 vision." It would be a year of clarity on somethings in my life. That indeed did happen. I thought it would be clarity on my organization Purposed for a Purpose. Nope, I was wrong! It was clarity on the relationships in my life. It was a challenging year in this area as God grew me, strengthen friendships, ended friendships, and repositioned other friendships. While it was a challenging year in that area, it was all with purpose. The relationships in our life significantly impact and influence how we move, the direction we move, and if we move towards our purpose.
2020 was also a year; I believe that God was calling his children out of the darkness and into the light. It was as if He was asking, "Will you truly follow me?" Amid racial and social injustice, will you follow me? In an election year, will you follow me? Even if "your person" doesn't win, will you follow me? In a pandemic, will you follow me? When there is uncertainty in jobs and the economy, will you still follow me?
2020 wasn't for God. He knows who is truly following Him. God has 20/20 vision. We don't always utilize our spiritual vision, causing us to become comfortable and rely heavily on our physical vision more than we should. 2020 felt like the threshing floor in Matthew 3:12. It was God taking His winnowing fork and clearing the floor. Those who were genuinely following Him in obedience and surrendering (not perfect, but genuinely trying) and not just going through the motions and offering lip service remained. Because when things get tough and the storms of life rage, how you respond is a reflection of your heart, loyalty, and foundation. Amid the things listed above and many other things that took place in 2020, how did you respond? Like a follower of Christ, or did you mix in with the world? In 2020 God was calling us out of the darkness and into the light. He was exposing areas of our life that needed attention in order to be better followers and ambassadors. Before I go any further, let me say this. God doesn't expose areas in our life that need attention, only to leave us to figure out how to fix it by ourselves. He exposes it, and then He graciously helps, if you ask.
If 2020 was about clarity, helping you obtain clarity or clarity of vision, what is 2021? I will be honest and tell you that I can not say what it will be for you, but I want to share what God has given me.
20/21 is the year of the Step Up
20/21 vision requires you to take a step forward so you see a little clearer. It's not that you can't see at the 20/20 line, but if you take one step forward, you can more clarity. Sometimes we aren't aware of the need to take the one step. We aren't aware of the fact that our vision is not as clear as it could be. This is a great example of the love God has for us. He knows when our vision isn't exactly what it should be, and He calls us to take a step up to the next line.
My scripture for this year is Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make you straight your paths.
We may not know why God is calling us to take the step up in some cases, but we also can't depend on our understanding and use of our five senses to decide to do it. We have to decide if we will trust Him or not. That will determine if you are willing to take the step. With each step, as the scripture says, we should acknowledge Him, and if we do our part, He will do His. He will make our paths straight. Do you trust Him?
This year taking a step up could be moving you closer to where God wants you to be and go. This isn't something that applies to our spiritual life, but all areas of our life. Sometimes we have to be willing to step out of the crowd and possibly stand alone. Step out of your comfort zone and do or say what God is calling you to do or say. Step out of that relationship. Step out of that job. Step into a closer and authentic relationship with God.
Perhaps you know what God has asked you to do, and you haven't because logically, it doesn't make sense; it seems impossible. Maybe you don't know how you will do it or think you can do it. Perhaps you think or know it will hurt too much. Hey- stop with the excuses. You don't have to know or have the answers. You only have to respond like Peter and step out of the boat. If God tells you to do it, then He knows you can, and He will be with you the entire way, providing all you need to do what He is asking of you.
The questions you have to answer are,
(1) Do you trust Him enough to step?
(2)"Are you willing?" Are you willing to take the step and depend not on your physical vision but also your spiritual vision, which is grounded in your Heavenly Father's vision.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
In what area of your life do you feel the holy spirit calling you to take a step up?
Until Next Time~
J.Branch is a wife, mother and child of God. She is passionate about helping others live the life they desire, have fruitful relationships and know who they were created to be and to live a life of purpose.
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