“As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, So the Lord alone led him…”
(Deuteronomy 32:11-12a, NKJV)
It is important to define time in our theme:
Time can be described as a non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future. It can also be explained as a period or periods designated for a given activity.
If you believe in it you spend time on it.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.
We must use our time wisely. Every individual is handed 24 hours each day. What we do with the 24hours will determine who we are going to be. God values time this is the reason you find him spending time with man from the garden of Eden. Coming down in the cool of the day.
Your life is shaped by your routine.
Time has to be recognized to be seized—“of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NKJV)
Time shows that everything is ready—“ and at the dinner hour he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is ready now.” (Luke 14:17, TAB)
The time of stirring can be a time of soaring if it is recognized. To stir up can mean to shake or mix. When a chef adds salt or any other condiment to a meal being prepared, he stirs up the food. If stirring is not done one part will be too salty or overly spiced and the other part will have no spice or tasteless.
Reason why God does a stirring is for your life to enjoy a uniformed sweetening—tastiness beyond comprehension.
Case Study: “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
4 So when the Lordsaw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:1-5, NKJV)
In the Time to Soar, certain things show up but a pre-requisite is that you are Distinct—Exodus 2:1-2
- Disappointment—Israelites did not understand he was supposed to be a saviour Exodus 2:11-14). Sometimes, what we call disappointment becomes an appointment from God. It leads us to the right path to take in the journey of our life. This is why it is important that you do not allow yourself to wallow in self-pity. As a human, something could happen that could make you wonder and leave you emotionally troubled but you should not allow yourself to be drawn into a pit of depression.
It is interesting to see in Exodus 2:23-25 the sequence of events that took place. The king of Egypt died, the Israelites cried to God, God heard their cry and remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God now looked upon the Israelites and had respect unto them.
The next logical thing would be for God to go into their midst and do something spectacular but Exodus 3 is very revealing because God went to a man called Moses that was not in Egypt but in Midian.
- Your present location or situation does not mean the vision, dream or prophecy is aborted.
Moses was a man that was rejected by the Israelites.
- Though someone rejected you does not mean God has rejected you. Your rejection by those that ought to know does not uproot the seed in you. Though Moses was rejected, it did not drain the Israelite blood flowing in his vein. When God looked upon the Israelites, God also looked upon him irrespective of his location.
Moses was a man that had a confused identity (Exodus 2:19). Though an Israelite but he lived all his life in the palace of Egypt. The Egyptians did not want him neither did the Israelites and he now found himself as a refugee in Midian. He eventually became a Midianite by marriage
- Your identity crisis or how you got your status as a Canadian is not a limitation to the lofty heights that God intends for you.
- Detour—leave your comfort zone. take another route. leave the familiar (Exodus 2:15). Moses thought he would transition from the palace of Pharaoh to lead the Israelites. He never knew he would have to start taking care of another man’s flock in the desert.
The journey of your life might not be a straight line. You may need to go through peaks and troughs but through it all you will know that God is with you. This is what was recorded concerning Joseph even in the prison—“But the Lord was with Joseph and extended loving kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the warden. 22 The warden committed to Joseph’s care (management) all the prisoners who were in the prison; so that whatever was done there, he was in charge of it.” (Genesis 39:21-22, TAB)
In the detours of life, do not be disgruntled be distinct. You need to realize that it is going to work out for your good because you love God and you are called according to his purpose. You need to be cognizant of the following in the detours of life:
- Know the route that you are being taken through so that you do not get lost
- Understand the landmarks so that they do not become landmines later on
- Learn lessons and be a good steward or custodian of any task given. They will be useful where God wants to take you to.
- Do not belittle anyone that you meet because you are likely to need them later on
- Be an ardent student because the faster you understand what you are supposed to know the faster you get back to your original route.
- A detour is a tour therefore be a good tourist—take pictures they will be needed later on.