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Change is required when you are stuck in a hard place, a place in-between the here and now. When I was a little girl having to grab a tool for my dad from his tool box, I became aware of the wide array of shiny figurines. Let’s see, there were screwdrivers, hammers, a drill, and the list goes on. Each tool was used for something specific. Technically, you can use any tool; however, some tools won’t allow you to reach your end goal as efficiently. Just the same, in our lives we are to use tools according to their specific purpose.
Are you stuck in-between here and there? Have you found yourself in a frenzy— a hard place, where you don’t know where to turn? You’ve tried to do it this way and that, and then you tried to ask people that you knew and respected most. You tried to carry the burden all by yourself for so long.
Still, the log has yet to turn over.
You’ve tried everything in your power, in your knowledge. You’ve tried to use the tools in your tool box, but things weren’t working the way that you expected. You’ve tried to break down the doors yourself: “If I can just meet the person who is head of HR.” you said. Well, you’ve met numerous individuals from that company and have been introduced to the HR reps, yet you still can’t figure out why you haven’t progressed to where you thought you should be.
All those ideas are great, but have you considered that God is trying to get you to a place where you are dependent on Him, and Him alone? Have you considered that God uses people to get the job done, but they are merely resources. If the library burned down tomorrow, or if the internet stopped cooperating: What does that leave you with? Nothing.
What perspective do you need to change in order to gain what God is trying to teach you?
Resources come and go; its dependent upon circumstances. Have you considered where their source came from? Essentially, if you did then you could burn a book, but an author will forever be the source. The author is all the source that you need because they’ve in fact created the book.
You probably know where I am going with this. God is the source; He is someone that will never leave you, nor forsake you. Let me tell you, God, the source, uses resources as a tool.
They are meant to be just that: a tool.
Tools vs. The Source
Don’t confuse tools with the source. Stop going about the situation in your own strength and might; instead, allow the Spirit to lead and guide you. Furthermore, sometimes, we need to gain understanding of how to properly use the tools in our toolbox; otherwise, we will wind up bending in places that we were never meant to be bent.
“Not by force nor by Spirit, but by [His] Spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6 NLT).
When you find yourself carrying the heavy load on your own remember what God said, “For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30 ESV). Allow God to take your heavy load, in exchange for His light load. Allow God to be your strength, where you are weak. Allow God to hover you under His wings to protect you.
Will you allow God to change and lead you by His Spirit?