Changing Our Paradigm of Experience
Once again the Lord is moving our company forward at a pace that can only be described as extremely uncomfortable if not down right scary. Over the last few months, we’ve realized it makes no sense for us to stay in our home. As we close out the season, we will have only spent 12 weeks in the house. So we have decided He wants us to move back into our motorhome fulltime.
Since our son and his family are looking to move out of their apartment, it only makes sense for us to rent our home to them. This will have significant impact on how we do business as a company and will require us to lease office space when we have no need, at least as far as we can see, to have a place in view of the public. After all, we are a web design and streaming media company right? Those type of companies exist in peoples homes or very informal office environments, that is, unless the Lord is doing something we can not see.
My personal journey with the Lord has been built on a foundation of faith. He has taken us from a formal pulpit ministry to create a business that is having significant impact in the world of drag racing not just through what that company does, but by the public acknowledgement of His impact on who we are and what He is doing through us.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians and explain how our Father uses people. 1 Cor 1:26-29 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
Our Father uses the ordinary to perform the extraordinary in life. Time to strap in and hold on, our roller coaster ride with the Lord is about to take us up the mountain of faith once again.
Changing Our Paradigm of Experience
by Os Hillman
“So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.’” Exodus 3:3
Have you ever heard someone say, “God doesn’t work that way? He would never do that.” Well, there are times when God chooses to confound the foolish in order to change our paradigm of experience. Moses had never seen a bush that burned but did not burn up. It got his attention and it drew him to God.
When Jesus appeared on the water in the middle of the night during a storm, the disciples exclaimed, “It’s a ghost!” They had never seen a man walk on water. This led to a great miracle-Peter walked on the water, too. When Jesus asked Peter to catch a fish and get the coin from its mouth to pay their taxes, you can imagine what Peter must have thought about those instructions. When Moses got to the Red Sea, he ran out of options. God had an unexpected solution to the Israelites’ problem-He parted the Red Sea to demonstrate His power and allow the people of Israel to cross over to flee the Egyptian army.
Each of these new paradigms was a stepping-stone of an encounter with God so that the individual would experience God in a new way. God used these times to enforce the principle that His ways are not our ways. Whenever we try to predict that God will act in a certain way, He changes the paradigm to keep us from becoming our own little gods.
Have you ever been guilty of judging someone for an experience they’ve had that you’ve never had? Did you dismiss it as extreme or something not of God? God is in the business of changing our paradigm from no personal experiences to God-experiences. However, if you operate on a level of rigid logic, you may never have the privilege of having the God-experiences. Keep your heart free to experience new paradigms with God today.