As I sit here looking back over 2010, I am amazed! Seriously, if you would have asked me one year ago where I’d be in one year, I can say without hesitation I would have not even came close to the answer.
I do remember as I begin to prepare for 2010 through study and prayer God was stirring something in my heart. I could feel it was something new, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Do you ever have those moments? You sense God is going to move you in some way, but the clarity is still not there. Well, that’s where I was . . . preparing and wondering if I’d EVER get clarity over what was stirring in my heart. (As my friends say, “That’s Alene, she’s praying that C word again! Clarity.)
The year started off with a bang; speaking, organizing studies, and writing a new devotional. But somewhere in the midst of everything I loved, something felt a little off course.
It wasn’t until around February when part of the mystery began to come together. Bay Area Fellowship, my home church, announced they were going to open a campus on the westside of town. An area that is impoverished and saturated with crime. At the first utterance of those words, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that was where God was leading me.
I started going over and painting and helping get children’s areas ready. It seemed the more I was over there the more I desired to be there. And what was strange is I had no clue what I was doing . . . I only knew that God was called me there.
I’ve never lived in an area like this. I’ve never taught or ministered in an area like this. Basically, I knew nothing about this area, but my heart fell in love with the people from day one.
So although I would have been totally wrong if you asked me what I would be doing last year, I can honestly say I’m so glad God came down and tugged at my heart. Yes! His plans are always magnificent. And always more than I can ever imagine.
I just wonder, if you asked me today what I’ll be doing this time next year if I’d get it right.
Probably not, because God’s plans are much bigger than anything I could ever come up with! To that I just say, Hallelujah!