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Stepping Out of the Way

This is one question I’ve been asking God: How do I need to “step out of the way?” Where am I guilty of “blocking sunlight?” I’m seeking to know what things need to be removed from my life because they do not glorify Christ.

I’ve often been guilty of being “excess clutter” that hinders people from getting a good look at Jesus—because I’m in the way. 

He’s also been calling me to not only “step out of the way,” but to step out in faith. To follow Him rather than stay comfortable. And it looks scary.

Stepping out in faith frightens me—but I don’t want to get in the way of what He wants to do—and that scares me more. 

God has opened doors this year and is sending me to some unexpected mission fields and I’ve had to get on my face quite a bit to seek clear confirmation. He keeps reminding me of His call and His desire to spread the earth with His gospel.

He is calling me to a walk of faith where my trust in Him is without borders. 

He reminds me that it’s not about my comfort. It’s not about what’s easy. Following Christ will include hard things.

And if I’m not willing to step out in faith, I’m standing in the way of what He wants to do.

Starting this week I’m going to have ten hard weeks.

Ten weeks of good things. Ten weeks of challenges. Ten weeks of broader ministry appointments. I’ll have opportunities for sweet fellowship, for meeting new sisters-in-Christ, for sharing the Word, for spreading the gospel, for seeing God at work, and on a personal note—the opportunity for receiving a new little gift of life from the Father.

In the midst of speaking engagements and travel, I’ll be spending a few weeks with my daughter as she brings her third little one into the world. That part of the ten weeks will be sweet (filled with lots of cooking, hugs from little ones, loving on my daughter, but short nights and long days).

I won’t be away from home for ten weeks, but scattered through that time, I’ll be in and out, serving. I’m confessing to you that when I look at it on paper it frightens me. It makes me want to run back to bed and pull the covers up over my head. I’m not a fan of heavy travel schedules. I’ve become quite a homebody. I love my church family and I hate to miss one single service. I love hanging out with my friends. I like to sleep in my own bed. I miss my husband terribly when I’m gone.

But what about the call to share the gospel?

What about God’s glory? 

When I write out my reasons to stay in my comfort zone, it makes me a little nauseous. I’m so spoiled. It isn’t like He’s asking me to go to prison for the gospel. It isn’t like ten weeks is a lifetime of service!

When I start getting anxious and fretful, He is faithful to take me back to His cross, and I remember. I remember why I’m going. I remember what He called me to. I remember why every mile traveled is so worth it.

[box]And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me,

he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” (Luke 9:23–24)[/box]

If the Father brings me to mind, I hope you’ll lift me up in prayer these next ten weeks.

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10 Comments

  • Naomi

    Kim,

    Praying for you now. Lord give her joy on her journey. Let her experience your steadfast love, help her to know the way that she should go and let her see your glory in the morning when she rise each day, in Jesus name. Amen.

    Blessings to you,
    Naomi

  • Pauline Butler

    I will be praying for you, dear Kim. The Lord, also, has me stepping out of my comfort zone. The True Woman event that I’ve been a part of planning will be taking place in just seven weeks from now. At times it has seemed very overwhelming, but when we turn our eyes on the Lord and all that He is, we take courage and press on. This is just one area that He has been growing me in. I’ve noticed that my life has become increasingly busy since I’ve been a part of this event planning, taking me in various directions. I am thankful that lately I was granted a time of rest (4 weeks!). Even though it was a time of sickness, I came to appreciate the “down” time. Congratulations on your new little gift of life that is soon to arrive! My third grandchild will be arriving in June.:) I, too, want to be faithful in what He asks me to do, and I also do not want to get in the way. There are so many good things we can be doing. I’ve been asking Him to show me what the best things are. Praying for you, friend~~Pauline

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Pauline ~

    Thank you for reminding me about your TW event that is coming up! I have it written down and will be praying for you (4/10-11 in West Rockport, right?). Events like that always require much preparation, but I pray you’ll be encouraged and strengthened by finding moments to sit in His presence. I look forward to hearing how God worked in the event and pray He is preparing hearts to receive the truth they will hear that weekend!

    Joining you in praying that God will confirm the work of your hands (Psalm 90:17) and His favor will be on you as you seek Him to know what your priorities are in this season, what things may need to be released or added to your schedule.

    And congratulations on your little one coming this summer!

    God’s blessings, friend ~

  • Pauline Butler

    Wow, what an encouragement to know that you had the dates and location written down! Thank you so much for your prayers and your encouraging words. I thank God that you are willing to “take up your cross and follow Him”. I know that you will look back upon these ten weeks and will praise God for what He has done in your life, in the lives of others, and for granting you the privilege of being a part of His work…that He has counted you worthy to share in it. May you go forth “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:11-12). Should you become weary or find yourself in some difficulty, may praises of His great name be upon your lips, for “the joy of the Lord is our strength”. All for Him!