What does setup mean? When I looked up the definition I found this:
- the process of making something (such as a machine or computer program) ready to be used
- the way that something is done or organized
We normally think of #3, when we think setup, but I would like for you to consider #1, for the purposes of this post, with a slight change; the process of making
something someone ready to be used by God!
Let me share with you my backstory (anyone watch Phineas & Ferb? 🙂 ) My church began our 21-day Daniel Fast for 2015 on January 4th and although our Pastor didn’t designate a specific purpose, I wanted this Fast to be more than just not eating all the things that I really like to eat. Instead, I wanted to seek the Lord, to be more sensitive to His voice and to better understand His instructions.
As this year started, I had very high expectations, as always, however I felt very disoriented. On January 7th, I read my daily devotion from the Spirit of Prophecy by Marsha Burns and this is what it said:
Many of you, My people, have become disoriented because of extraordinary activity around you or in your own lives. Sometimes it seems like you have become fragmented or separated from your spiritual convictions. Now is the time to quiet yourself, reconnect with Me, and reactivate your faith, says the Lord. When you do that, you will be able to access by faith the grace that you need to continue on with confidence that I am with you.
Romans 5:2 through whom [Jesus] also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
With that I settled into a state of anticipation and wonder. God started to show me small glimpses of the “setup”. I had a confidence in knowing that He was taking me to the next level… getting me ready to be used even more for His Glory. I couldn’t help but get excited!
Our Pastor also scheduled a Revival, as our Fast comes to a close. As this week began, the excitement continued to build. THEN… on Wednesday morning, while warming up my car … someone stole it! There are no words to describe how it felt when I opened the door to my garage and exclaimed, MY CAR IS GONE! I am sure that you are asking yourself, “How on earth does she believe that this is part of GOD’s setup?”
My youngest daughter says it best, Man plans and God laughs! I have to admit that all my high hopes dwindled just a tad at the sight of the empty garage, but within moments I realized that my purse, computer and workbag was in my hand and NOT in my car. The situation would have been a LOT more tramatic if they had been. Many times, we have to look WAY BEYOND what we SEE. That’s why it is called FAITH! The Faith in knowing that He is in total control, if we let Him.
I read another devotional today on my Holy Bible mobile app, this the last day of our Fast, and it asked these questions: What are you holding on to? What are your hesitations to living a more Spirit led life of faith? What illusion of control are you clinging to? Go all in!
I’m going ALL IN! Yes, I’m being SETUP! … and I’m soooo excited and this is ONLY January. I can’t even fathom what the rest of the year will hold for me.
How About You?