33 was a year filled with many transitions. 33 was a year of stretching for me. This past year pushed me to live out my faith and walk in obedience to God in a way that I had never done before. God urged me to do some really hard things in 2018…things I was uncomfortable doing, but I knew that I had clearly heard Him. Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous and risky? That was my journey all year long.
What I did not realize was that my life had slipped into the pages of the Bible and landed in Isaiah 54:2-4 NIV:
2“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
God was calling me to do some work that would take me deeper in Him, enlarge my life and strengthen my character. This was no time to hold back. It was time to spread out and establish some things. God promised that I did not have to be afraid and that I would not be humiliated. I needed that reassurance.
At 33, I enrolled in a doctoral program, Na’tosha and I hosted our first women’s gathering, and I left my job/church to fully pursue our ministry/business. Each of these things seemed really scary and very risky. I did not have the necessary time, energy, or resources for these endeavors. To tell you the truth, I barely had the faith for it. However, I was certain what I had heard. In each of these scenarios, God challenged my faith and my witness. Would I only talk about my relationship with Him or would I truly rely on it? I had some decisions to make: do what was comfortable and remain or step out and obey God. Most people had no idea what I was going through, but God was doing His perfect work deep, down on the inside of me. You see, I could have easily decided to shut the curtains of my tent and hide out. Forget enlarging, stretching, and spreading out, it would have been much easier to remain safe and unbothered. 33 pushed me to really take a chance on God. 33 showed me that people will not always understand when you ‘enlarge the place of your tent’.
33 taught me that in order to reach my destiny, I would continually have to do things that are uncomfortable and risky. Preparing for expansion includes stretching, pulling, and strengthening. 33 taught me that expansion requires a level of faith that resists fear, refuses to hold back, and determines to boldly obey God.
I believe God is nudging you right now indicating that you are next. He is ready to expand your life in a way that you never imagined. This is your time. Take it from your sister, it will all be worth it. It seems ridiculous and risky, right now, but trust Him with it. Let your faith arise and obey God this year.
P.S. God has already been speaking to me about year 34, I will certainly keep you posted…
Your Sister in Christ,