In March of last year, Jan and I sensed the Lord asking us to step back from what we had been doing and enter a time of sabbatical. The timing, by the wisdom of the Lord, aligned with the national time of closure and lockdown. Our sabbatical was more than a reprieve from the norm, it was preparation for how we were to live the remainder of our days to make the greatest Kingdom impact.
In a few days, I have a trip on the calendar. As a result of the lockdown, I have not used my traveling toiletry bag in a year. I pulled it out to make sure everything was ready and freshly supplied for my upcoming trip. As I prepared the bag, I was reacquainted with a familiar and well-traveled companion.
When I examined the bag, I sensed a word of instruction from the Lord, not only for me but I assume for others whose life has been on lockdown. The word was simply, “Get ready.” This getting ready is not getting busier. It is a readiness that comes by simplifying and refocusing on the essentials of life and faith. We do these preparations so that nothing will encumber our ability to be used by God. This readiness is critical if we are going to move with the Spirit at the speed of faith.