“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)
Eleven years ago I had a conversation with God that I wanted to live my life with purpose for Him. And I waited.
Ten years ago I had a conversation with God that I wanted to learn how to trust Him… but to please be gentle.
Five years ago God had a conversation with me and I argued, but eventually obeyed.
Four years ago our family had a conversation with God through prayer, fasting and committing ourselves to His unknown – having no clue what it would look like.
Three and one half years ago, God invited me to talk. Five months later, God suggested I buckle up.
Three years ago God had a conversation with me. After dedicating my firsts to Him, He invited me to approach TBCN for a volunteer position that wasn’t even posted. That obedience has blessed me and our family in more ways than I can describe.
Two years ago, God asked if my seatbelt was still fastened because the adventure was starting to pick up speed. Was I going to choose to embrace it or live in fear? One day later I was informed my job was being eliminated and I had 30 days left.
Two months later, God opened the door to work for both TBCN and Ascendant Group, both companies blessing me more than I deserve.
Last week, God again invited me to switch addresses, telling me “it’s time” to leave TBCN for the next adventure He has waiting.
Ten years ago, I asked God to teach me how to trust Him completely because I didn’t think I did but please be gentle.
While some of the invitations God gives can be painful, I’ve learned how to pack my bags quickly so I can follow Him when He invites me to go on an adventure.
Last night I had another conversation with God: “Thank You, Father, for teaching me how to trust… and for being gentle during the process.”
© Cheri Swalwell 2017