I have never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I understand the mindset behind, “It’s a New Year so it is a new start,” but something about them has never really sat right with me.
I believe that if we are listening, the Lord will speak to us through every situation in our lives. Sometimes, when we are not slowing down to listen, He forces us to slow down so that we can hear Him.
I have had a very peculiar Holiday Season this year. The story I am about to share serves a purpose.
In 2009, I had a minor moped accident while living in Kansas City. It had just finished raining and I was on my way home from an opening shift at Starbucks. I was about 8 blocks from home when I rounded a corner and the moped slipped out from under me and slid about 50′. I was shaken, a few scratches, but okay, or so I thought. I got back on the moped, rode it home, went about my day, and went to sleep. The next morning I woke up in excruciating pain in my lower back. It took me 3 hours to get out of bed and downstairs so my now wife(then girlfriend) could take me to the Doctor. It was discovered that I had a herniated disc in my lower back, and the remedy they had been pain management and probably surgery. At the time I was in my mid-early 20’s and could not fathom back surgery, so I found a Chiropractor and with a lot of love and attention, got better…for the most part I kept up with a once a month adjustment, but with the Holidays, I neglected what I know needed to be done and had not been in about 3 months…
Fast Forward… Thursday, December 22nd, 2016:
I was sitting on the toilet next to the tub as my son was taking a bath. I bent down to grab a toy out of the water…”POP” goes my back and my whole lower back seized up and I fell to the ground. It took me over an hour to crawl the 6′ to get into bed. I spend most of the night awake and in the worst pain I have experienced. I figured, as with the original injury, in the morning after a few hours it would loosen up a bit and we could go to the Chiropractor and Doctor. I woke up, it took me 2 hours to get out of bed and crawl to the bathroom. From there I fell to the ground and could not move. My wife had to call for an ambulance to get me down stairs and to the hospital.
As I laid in the ER, a friend from Church showed up to pray for me, and while he was praying the Lord revealed to me that He had a divine appointment and reason for me to be there…little did I know, I would spend the next 4 days, including Christmas in the hospital away from my family. I experienced one of the most painful, emotional, and humiliating times in my life. Not only was I in physical pain, but emotional pain, knowing I was not going to get to spend Christmas with my Wife and 15 month old son. And to top it off, having to be escorted to the bathroom, butt wiped, cleaned up, and escorted back to bed…how humiliating!
The Lord began to open my eyes and speak to me about the year 2017 and more specifically the Church and Bride of Christ in America:
I believe there are great things in store for the Church in America in this upcoming year, if we yield to His authority and leadership. He is going to bring about a great transition to the Church of America. He is going to be like that of a Holy Chiropractor and begin to realign and adjust the Bride of Christ in America. For some this transition, realignment, and adjustment will be very painful and life altering. For others it will be fairly minor. It will affect many, both inside and outside the Church.
We must recognize that it is the Lord who is bringing about the adjustment. It is He who is causing things to move. In fact many have seen the start of this adjustment in the last few weeks.
As humans, our primary response to pain is to run from it. We will do everything we can to avoid it. Realignment can be painful.
Just as my back injury effected those around me, so to will this transition and realignment effect the people around those whom the Lord is working on both individually and corporate.
I see the Lord moving in individual settings and in corporate settings. He will be bringing severe alignment changes to a vast majority.
If the Lord does not bring about this realignment more damage will be caused by letting things continue as they are. Because He is a Loving Father and knows what is best for us, He will intervene.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. – Isa 55:9 NLT
There is also residual pain and upkeep necessary when the Lord comes in and causes realignment.
I believe that it is God’s Mercy, Grace, and Love that He gives us a heads up. You cannot out run God. As David declares in Psalm 139:
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. … 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You [are] there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You [are there]. 9 [If] I take the wings of the morning, [And] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. … 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! – Psa 139:2-3, 7-10, 17 NKJV