No matter where we are, how long we have been here, or bad we want to hold on, change is necessary for growth. Before you get the pink slip – from a job, a relationship, or from the doctor – make sure you’ve been paying attention to God’s FYI’s. Oftentimes we are guilty of ignoring or deleting those messages because we don’t want to hear what they are telling us – because we can’t imagine or don’t believe in anything better for ourselves.
In the world we live in, before we sign our name to any contract it behooves us to go over every detail in every line – especially the fine print. God’s contract is a little different. He hands you a blank contract and asks you to sign it. Only after you sign it will He fill out the rest. If you can’t sign it, you can’t ride with Him.
When Moses brought the children of Israel to the Promised Land, God basically told him that the land of milk and honey wasn’t for him. Moses had done the job he was commissioned to do and was supposed to spend the rest of his days communing with God in the mountain. Now Moses was naturally upset, but he had to, upon reflection, realize the great blessings God had bestowed upon him – and that the journey for him wasn’t over yet.
When we get to that place where we recognize who God is and what He has done for us, we can trust in Him completely, no matter what. I believe Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at that place the last time he gave his “I have a dream” speech. We should all be so blessed. We are not the message, but the messengers. The plan is not ours but God’s. If we count ourselves obedient, then we sign that contract – agreeing to do His will for His glory and not our own.
If we sign that contract, committing ourselves to Him, it doesn’t mean we are perfect. It doesn’t mean we are holier than anyone else. It only means that we have agreed to be used by Him, and are committed to that. Along the way God will give us little nuggets, feedback, encouragement – or FYI’s – to let us know if we are on the right path or if we have strayed. If we ignore them, the lessons are harder than we can imagine. If we heed them, even if the change we must make is difficult, we will arrive in a better place as a consequence of our obedience.
There is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining. Another way of putting it is that all things work for the good for those who love the Lord. Whether you have your pink slip already, or one is coming down the pike, know that nothing is permanent. All things last for but a season. More important than the circumstance is the lesson it is meant to teach. Get the lesson while it’s there for the getting, and move on when it’s time. Do you know what time it is? Check your messages. I’m sure you’ve got a few FYI’s.