No Plan B – Don’t Settle, Don’t Opt Out!

Jeremiah 29:11For those encountering ‘God’s delay’ in fulfilling a promise given to you years ago or seeing breakthrough in any number of areas, this blog is for you and me. God breathed the ministry of Rivers of Eden into my heart in 1997. Over all these years, seasons of discouragement filled my life when I was so far away from any semblance of the promise. Many times in the midst of great regret, I railed at God for being less than faithful to me. I cried deep tears wondering if this life as it existed was all I could ever dream for or hope to get. There is so more but all I can tell you is that I went though so much stuff, like many of you.

In all these years the vision of Rivers of Eden has never died within my being. It seems like this promise is interwoven into my framework, my DNA. In times where I wanted to walk away, I realized that no matter what I did, my heart was set on the promise given to me by God. It was today, while driving, that I realized so clearly that I never wanted a plan B. I never opted out no matter what came my way. His grace sustained me in the journey, even when I did not see Him or feel Him in the slightest way.

There is no glory in plan B for me. In fact, there is no plan B for me. Only Plan A – the promises of God, as He spoke them to my heart, alive and flowing in me out to the nations.

Now having said that, I also want to say this. Plan A does not work itself out like we think. The way I thought Rivers of Eden would flow is not the way God saw it flowing in my life. So His Plan A is different from my perception of Plan A. His seed of promise is growing in me and I tried to work it out my way, in my time. Now, I see He is faithful to His way in His timing in His wisdom.

So for those reading – don’t settle for anything less than what God promised you. No matter how long it takes to see fulfillment. No matter how far away you seem to be from it, don’t settle. As God aligns your vision with His, and as you hear His sound, rest in His way and release what you thought into His process. Eventually passion and joy will be infused into your life as you realize that you are not forgotten and something greater than you can imagine is upon you, unfolding one step at a time.

Why am I so encouraged right now? Well quite simply, I just watched a movie today called “Mr. Holland’s Opus.’ I’ve seen it many times but Holy Spirit kept prompting me to watch it again with spiritual eyes and ears open to receive.

Here’s a brief recap of the story. Mr. Holland has a dream – to write his symphony, his opus, as a composer. He thinks about it all the time. He works on it all the time. Then, life hits – bills to pay, baby on the way, house to buy, job needed…you see the picture. Life has a way of distracting and diverting us from our dreams.

He accepts a teaching job but over the years, his involvement with the students increases to the point where his symphony seems to take a place way down on his list of priorities.

All through the movie, he deals with regret, loss of vision and discouragement. He feels he is losing his passion and his dream in the daily outworking of his life. Yet behind the scenes something was happening that he didn’t see. Plan A was still being worked out, but not the way He thought it would come together.

It all happens in the last scene of the movie. He walks into an auditorium to find people, hundreds of people who are there to honor him for how he impacted their lives over the course of many years. While he thought his dream was dying, it was birthing itself over and over in the lives of people. They were his symphony, his opus.

The stage is full with an orchestra made up of former students. Their lives were his opus from years of of his encouragement, his patience and his love for each of them. But, he never saw it until that day. As he began to lead this orchestra in the symphony, his dream, his Plan A came forth in the sound of beauty, honor, love, respect and so much more. It came together, not in the way he planned it, but in a much greater way than he could ever imagine.

As for me, there is no Plan B. There is only Plan A fulfilling itself right now in the journey in God’s way in His timing. He is faithful to complete what He seeds into us. I will enjoy the journey, rest in His grace and walk step by step in His promises right now as He leads the way. I pray this encourages you in some small way today.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Creative Expression – Revelation on the Beach

Ventura Beach Hi Everyone! I took 10 days off so that I could just chill and be in God’s presence. I let go of any expectation that I had to be ‘in the mix’ or a ‘need to know’ on social media. This brief season of rest was for the sole purpose of connecting intimately with Jesus Christ. I want to keep this blog fresh with thoughts that Holy Spirit brings into my heart. I don’t want to be compelled to deliver anything and yet, I do want to bring life to those of you who are reading this. Thanks for being here!

While sitting on the beach in Ventura CA (yes, I know it’s hard to sit at the beach facing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean but someone has to do it so I gladly obeyed the Lord that day) I realized (smiling) that God was speaking to me about His goodness. Do you ever feel second-rate, passed over or left behind? There are days when I feel totally accepted in the beloved and then there are other days when I feel like a step-child. Truth has to make its way from my head to my heart on those days and God is faithful to make that happen as His love touches my heart.

Do we realize that God’s goodness to us is NOW? So often I am pressing in to see the manifestation of a promise, or some future goodness that I fail to know that His present goodness to me is glorious and real. He is good – NOW! It is in His goodness NOW that I walk, step by step into the future. His goodness to us IS…….wonderful, awesome, marvelous and more – not dependent on how I feel or even circumstances that are flying around me causing me to lose my focus. His goodness is NOW.

Yet, what if I or you or anyone can’t see His goodness NOW, the NOW clouded by frustration, illness, financial difficulties, divorce, depression, anxiety, family pressure or any number of things that seem to surround many of us, in fact, many many of us.

We can become distracted by the NOW only looking to the past or straining to reach the future.

Ventura BeachHis goodness is NOW for God is good, whether our circumstances dictate that or not. He is good. So I cannot stand in judgement on God regarding His ways, which often are quite higher than our own understanding. He is good.

The expanding revelation of His goodness NOW carries me forward, step by step, one day at a time. The NOW is a safe place to realize that He is good and His goodness does endure forever.

This may be a bit obscure but the NOW is always moving forward into a new NOW. One day my eyes open to see the future promise that I hoped for, believed in are right there, manifest before me in the NOW. Yet, what if I neglected to see the beauty of NOW because it did not come as I expected? What if the NOW is causing me to lose faith in God? What if the NOW is trying to abort my future through discouragement or disillusionment?

I am realizing that God IS good right NOW and forever and He does work all things for good. At this time in my life, I see that in His goodness I am living in His presence and every promise will come to pass as long as I move in the NOW in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. That is why I had to take some time off. My focus became a bit distorted, little by little every day. I started seeing my past as a hindrance to my future. I also started seeing discouragement block my vision of my future. But, He changed all that in one simple trip to the beach in Ventura, CA. I love Cali! I absolutely love Cali! It is my home even though my heart is to travel to the nations, only to come back to that place I call home. Cali – My revelation location which allows me to breathe a long deep breath today and say with simplicity of heart – God is good……..and His mercy endures forever.

Debra and ChloeRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.