Transition Vision

"Sometimes transition looks like chaos" - Market place in Webuye

 The first day in Uganda was a day of transition. A new nation, a fresh Word from God and a mountain of unknown sights were accompanied by a large storm. The Kenyan Pastors came to Ron with huge smiles, calling him “Pastor Wafula”.  They were remembering the last trip to Kenya in May when it would rain all day and then stop for the evening crusades. At that time, pastors nicknamed Ron - “Pastor Wafula”. The name Wafula means “one who is born in the rainy season”.   

Seasons require revelatory vision… 

When you have a revelation that comes from your history with God, vision is transformed and Godly perception kicks in. From the very beginning this trip seemed different. Our journeys have been fruitful experiences with huge impact for all involved. That being said, things were different this time around. It required us to see differently. 

Beyond the Natural Limitations:

First of all, Ron had originally set this trip up for the end of August and then our travel agent and Pastor Wycliffe encouraged Ron to set it back about a month. That seemed good to us in that we believed it would give us more opportunity to raise funds. Little did we know it would require us to see more than just natural reality. We would need to come into a revelation of God’s timing far outweighing our schedules. God’s timing is based on opportune time and must be clicked into the divine ordering of His plans. Each step that the righteous takes is ordered by the Lord according to the psalmist (Ps 37:23). We needed that and appreciated it when it was made visible to us.

Beyond the Personal Apprehensions: 

Ron would be in Africa well over 3 weeks this time, compared to no more than a couple weeks in other trips. A unique challenge to the family certainly, but more specifically to me as the one who would carry most of the responsibility at home. What God would show me seemed incredible. He showed me through my sons a line of defense that I had never seen before. The second day after Ron’s departure, the car broke down. While we were in the service station to have it fixed, the mechanic spoke to me and out of the corner of my eye I could see my three tall, strapping boys surround me with their “fathering’ presence. They didn’t even know they were doing it, but it spoke to me of how God would surround Jerusalem with His fathering love like the mountains surround that city (Ps 125:2).  I needed that revelation.

Beyond the Spiritual Challenges:

Perhaps the biggest challenge was that Ron was ”hearing” in his spirit that this trip would be accompanied by more spiritual warfare than any prior trip. Yea, just what I wanted to hear. Yet, nothing was beyond God’s power to overcome. I found myself in agreement with God’s purposes even in the midst of uncomfortable circumstances.

Sometimes hearing confuses our seeing.

When Ron shared with me that he was doing one of his messages out of Deuteronomy 11:11, my thoughts immediately went to the Biblical meaning of the number 11. The Hebrew meaning is transition, shift or chaos. My thoughts were… OK God, I’m ready to see what You have for me in this season of transition. It sometimes feels like I’ve had just about as much transition as I need in life, but this time will be significant! I was about to see transition as a season of mental and spiritual alignment that would increase my awareness of His Presence everyday!

God’s up to Something: 

I love the thought that God is shaping our future for greater impact, but I would like for it to happen without some of the drama. I have discovered however, that when we see the momentum of spiritual activity properly, it becomes a time that makes the adventure worth the journey. The wonderful truth is that when I stay in alignment with God’s heart, we see all He is doing to advance His Kingdom.  

This made me look up the number “12″, which means completeness, order or government. God has been setting a pathway for His purposes to be seen in my life through my spiritual alignment. The government of Heaven will find my heart more welcoming at His appointed seasons.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called: Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and over His kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

    Being in the midst of transition is always a challenge, yet when we align our vision with God’s zeal – He is able to turn every season into something beautiful.

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