Last evening I watched a movie “Steps of Faith” about a young woman named Faith who was mocked by her family for following a directive from God to work on a hippotherapy (the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment) farm for children. She questions the message she received and is ready to give up when a child is nearly injured and the work, including the horse manure shoveling, is overwhelming.
This reminded me of my own prophetic journey of faith as I stepped out on directives I received from the Lord. No doubt, it may have raised the eyebrows of family and friends, but that’s neither here no there. What captured my attention was the “process.” Many times we have little understanding of what’s involved in becoming who God created you to be.
Stepping out in faith on a directive from the Lord isn’t glamorous. It is a process of equipping and testing in preparation for the fulfillment of God’s redemptive purposes in His divine timing.
“The steps of the God-pursuing ones
follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord,
and God delights in every step they take to follow him.” Psalm 37:23 TPT
Following God and stepping out in faith is a process of letting go, giving up your plans and embracing His. Falling down and getting back up. Discovering your true identity and the purpose for which you were born.
It involves seasons of growth, loneliness, joy and pain —- exchanging a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair —- to be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor —- it’s becoming fit for the Master’s use. Vessels of honor carrying living waters flowing from a vessel that has been emptied of self. A daughter becoming a son.A sweet fragrance of carrying His glory to hurting people and a loss and dying world.
I wouldn’t give it up for world!