This is the fourth post in a series titled Redirection. The series is based on a talk I gave recently to a group of Christian business women. You can read Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here.
If there’s something in you that desires redirection, the question then becomes: from where or whom am I going to receive redirection?
In the Bible, we constantly see God showing up and redirecting lives. Let me give you three easy examples.
Gideon – God calls on Gideon to reclaim Israel from the hands of the Midianites. At first, Gideon refuses to believe that God has chosen him and demands proof that God hasn’t made a mistake. Once he accepts the call to square off against the Midianites, Gideon musters a large army. God shows up and works on Gideon until his army is cut from tens of thousands to just 300.
God shows up, redirects Gideon, and is glorified.
Jonah – God tells Jonah to preach against the wickedness of the Ninevites. Jonah runs as quickly as he can in the opposite direction. Calamity ensues, and after spending a few days in the belly of a whale, Jonah is spit back out onto shore. God shows up again, and Jonah goes to Ninevah.
God shows up, redirects Jonah, and His purpose is fulfilled.
Saul/Paul – As the church began to take shape, Saul persecuted Christians. God comes to Saul, knocks him off his horse and blinds him. A few days later, Saul regains his sight and begins to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the son of God.
God shows up, redirects Saul, and is glorified.
I started this series by talking about how our own decision-making is likely to fail us because there are traps, tricks and patterns of thinking that are wired into us.
I see it in my work all the time. People hide their money in cash when they should put it in the market. They give into emotion and buy or sell at the wrong time. They spend so much time analyzing their options that they never do anything to address their problems. The list could go on and on.
But this stuff doesn’t just show up in our financial decisions, so I don’t know how the traps are catching you.
Maybe there’s a relationship that’s dry. Maybe you can’t make any progress at work. Maybe there’s junk that lives in your heart that just won’t go away.
I don’t know what your stuff is. But let’s not get hung up on what was or what is.
Let’s begin to look at what could be. Come back tomorrow and we’ll do just that.