“Your appointment has been changed.”
When you get this notification from your physician, it means more changes are afoot. Schedules must be revised. Previous plans may need to be cancelled. Activities need to be reshuffled. An appointment change can be a major inconvenience.
Life is full of “appointment changes:” circumstances that signal a major turn of events. A sudden illness. A job loss. Divorce. Death of a loved one. Or perhaps the birth of a child. A new career. A cross-country move. Retirement.
The path you were on suddenly takes a strange new twist. The old routine is upset. You wonder, “What next?”
The new year may hold many unexpected appointment changes. When it happens, know that God is there to help you adjust and face the new assignment. Just one reminder: Be sure to keep your appointments with Him. Make it a daily habit to seek His wisdom and strength. Mark your calendar now.
I will set a time and place for my daily appointments with God, and will begin to meet Him there this week.
Year of Power
As we enter the New Year at Cedar Road, we enter the Year of Power. This closes the circle on the three-year vision to be a people of prayer, love and power. The three are intertwined with the directive to love God, love people and impact the world.
Once again, we start the year with 21 days of fasting and prayer. This is the source of the love and power we need to impact the world. As we wait on God, our strength is renewed and our vision is sharpened. We gain direction and impetus to do the will of God.
The secular world seeks power through money, position and prestige. These channels are used to wield influence in world affairs, and to implement social agendas. But as believers in God’s Word, we know there is a power that operates independent of human authority. That power has been given to Jesus, God’s Son. We have access to that power as we wait on God and allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with God’s love and His holy agenda.
The number one purpose of that power is to enable us to be His witnesses — prepared and energized to boldly share God’s message of love. This is the power that transforms lives and reshapes history. That makes us a godly influence. That brings healing and hope. That can bring heaven to earth.
This week, I will ask God for new ways to share His love in the New Year.