Every-other Tuesday night I get to be a part of a Bible study with a group of ladies. I've been able to do it since moving here...and the group dynamics are always changing, which makes it new and unique with each study. God has used those studies to mold and shape who I am. It's been a process. A long, on-going process.
We are currently doing one called Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer.
The study itself is really fantastic. Truly. What makes it even more significant for me personally, is the place that God has brought me to before starting this study. All the details and circumstances that fell into place, in life and ministry, so that He could use this study to so speak to my heart. Making His voice clear. Resounding. Confirming.
The past 12 months have been ones that I will go back to over and over and over in my head and in my heart. Always remembering how He worked out good. We walked through some murky waters, knowing that things would settle and clear. Knowing that sometimes things need to be stirred up and mucky so that they can eventually be clearer. Better. And even though you know that...walking through the muck: Is never very enjoyable. It's still muck, even if there's purpose in it. And just when you think it will never settle and clear. It does.
In the midst of the murky waters, God gave me a verse. Isaiah 43:19 NLT "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."
Through His Word, He confirmed for us what He had spoken to our hearts. He gave us a tiny glimpse into His plan, and it was enough to settle our hearts, and strengthen our spirit to continue in the stirred-up mire until the time He saw fit to make it clear.
He cleared it. And day after day, week after week, I stand in awe as I watch Him move and work in the hearts of people around me...including myself. I will never know why He saw fit for us to be a part of His plan here, but I am so thankful for His grace and strength that makes it possible.