I read this post by Stephanie Bryant in December and it was brilliant. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
Huni and I recently moved back to his hometown to do full time ministry. I was hesitant and excited about the move but once we got there I wanted everything around me to rise to our new normal. I knew that things were going to be different but I wanted to hurry up and discover the differences so that I could contain them, normalize them . . .control them. Uggggh! Why oh why do we do this to ourselves? New marriage, new job, new home, relocation, new baby, new friend . . .whenever there is a change, we look for a new normal and what I have discovered in my recent experience is that, with God, there is no such thing.
You see, God is always calling us higher. Even when we’re in a season that makes us feel low to the ground, He is calling us higher because He is calling us to reflect Christ. (Romans 8:28-29)
We’ve been living in our new town for about 8 months and it wasn’t until this week that I really starting getting into my groove and not feeling like a complete nutcase, chasing my tail in a 3 diameter circle going 75 mph. I have learned, the hard way, that we have to give ourselves the grace of time to allow a change to morph into whatever it is going to become. And we have to divorce the world’s notion of the new normal. If the Lord answers our prayers and calls us to something immeasurably more than we can ask, think or imagine, why would we want to relegate it to what is considered to be normal?
Here is merely a glimpse of the reality that we are called to everyday:
“so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” ~Philippians 2:15 NIV
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” ~Daniel 12:3 ESV
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” ~1 Peter 2:9 ESV
Oh that we would learn to live comfortably in His marvelous light instead of the dull comfort that our yearning for normal yields.
We are not called to look longingly out of the window in search of what was good in our yesterdays. So many times in His word, God likens us to stars! Reminder: No two stars are alike (every star is unique). Stars get their light from the sun (they are fueled, daily, by the most powerful source of light). Their brilliant light shines forth from more than a billion miles away, yet their light reaches us and lights up the sky each night (they are potent, consistent and highly effective).
So, it’s been eight months and I’m just now beginning to get settled in . . .day by day and moment by moment I am going to continue to ease into this season of my life and instead of looking for the myth of the “new normal” I’m looking for each moment presented to me to shine like the star I have been called to be.