Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dead Ends

As I write this I am reminded of where I was one year ago. I was traveling in another country, teaching and preaching and building relationships. When I returned, I felt like I was at a dead end in the city I lived in for 14 years. Throughout the year this feeling continued. Finally in late summer, I was a desperate woman and began to fast and pray. This fast turned into one that went on for weeks, which was very unusual for me. During this time I realized it was impossible for me to settle back into my way of life prior to my trip. The question that arose within me was, now where do I go? Where does God want me to be? No money and no car, limited my possibilities. Yet, because of my past life experiences I knew at a deep level that nothing is impossible with God, even for a woman without a car or money! I learned this at a deep level by living in a specific city for 14 years. In this city, I experienced rejection and ridicule as a woman preacher, teacher and writer. Yet, throughout this battle, God intervened in circumstances again and again and again!

It wasn't long following my fasting and praying that a door opened for me to leave my city. One month later, I was packing my bags and moving to a new location. This is where I write from today. My new location is temporary as I prepare for the next stage of the journey. For now I am a visitor in the land where I am temporary planted.

"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now. for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets." Luke 6:20-23 New International Version.

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