What do Moses, Abraham and Sara, Esther, Jonah (just to name a few) all have in common?
They all had to pluck some mind weeds in order to fulfill what God wanted them to do.
Moses’ mind weed: terrible speaker, no one will listen to him
Esther’s mind weed: powerless, “who am I to save my people?”
Abraham and Sara’s mind weed: Too old to bear children
Jonah’s mind weed: fear, he didn’t want to face the enemy
I think a lot of us forget that the same God who helped his people in ancient times is still helping his people (you and me) in contemporary times. He still promises to be with us when we go after “the impossible.”
Even Gideon who was called to save Israel from the Midianites had to get rid of a mind weed or two. Before Gideon became a great military leader and warrior he was hiding out from the Midianites in the bottom of a wine press, threshing grain.
The angel of God appeared to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior… Go in strength that is yours. Save Israel from Midian.”
But how did Gideon see himself? Not a strong mighty warrior!
I can imagine Gideon looking left, then looking right and seeing no one else, skeptically pointing to himself and sounding like Joe Pesci from Goodfellas, asks the angel of God, “Are you talking to ME?”
Gideon’s response to the angel was, “Me, my master? My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least of my family.”
Can you hear his mind weeds? He believes his clan is weak and he is pretty much the runt of his family.
But the angel of God ignored the current fact that he was just working in the fields. He knew what God was going to accomplish through Gideon. It’s not the strength of Gideon, but the strength of God through Gideon.
How to stop hiding out like Gideon
How many of us are hiding out from God and avoiding what he wants us to do? What are some opportunities or challenges that God has presented to you, but your mind weeds keep you hidden? Are they mind weeds of fear, weakness, possible failure?
Here are 3 action steps to answer God’s Holy Spirit prompting so you can RISE up to become your best self.
1. Recognize and acknowledge those promptings by the Holy Spirit.
You already know how to do that- through time spent in scripture, solitude, prayer, and meditation. Turn the TV off, put the smartphone down, spend time in nature sans the headphones. Have a conversation with God, talk AND listen!
2. Start having faith in something you don’t yet see.
Gideon didn’t launch into a Q and A session with the angel. He didn’t ask, “So tell me angel of the Lord, just exactly how am I going to become a mighty warrior? How will I save my people? What are my weapons, where is my army?”
God told Gideon, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”
Those two words: believe me. To this day God is still asking you and me to believe him.
Like it says in Proverbs 3: 5-7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
There are two phrases from this verse that I cling to like I cling to my Kohl’s Cash:
- “Lean not on your own understanding.”
- “Be not wise in your own eyes.”
This is how we limit God and what he is capable of doing when we try to understand and figure things out with our human understanding. Release the need of trying to have it all figured out. He has the game plan all laid out for you!
3. As you acknowledge and trust God, he will direct your paths.
Once he directs your path you have to start taking action and start moving down the path. It’s probably going to be on a path you never knew existed, which means you will experience things you never could have imagined. On that path he will connect you to the right person, the right resources, and the right opportunities that will help you do what he is calling you to do!
You know, now that I think about it, maybe our biggest mind weed is not our self-limiting beliefs, but God-limiting beliefs and what He is capable of doing in us and through us to become ALL who we were meant to be.
Let Proverbs 3: 5-7 be your mantra! Acknowledge God, turn away from the mind weeds, don’t try to figure it all out, and follow where he leads you!