Power of the Pivot

Life can take unexpected turns despite our best efforts.

Relationships fail, jobs end, programs lose funding, people pass away — and even with all the education, resources, hope, will, and prayer, life has a way of forcing us to change directions at the drop of a dime.

One minute you’re going one direction and suddenly there’s a change. An obstacle. A challenge. An unexpected thing that calls for us to change direction.

This directional change isn’t always a clear one to discern; when you’ve been planning your life around one set of truths/realities and then those truths are no longer, well, true, how does one begin the process of expanding the opportunities to imagine a new future? 

If you’re anything like me, these types of sudden changes have happened a few times over the course of my life and, most times, I’ve rebounded using the same skills, experiences, and ideas that got me through before. 

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There’s Still a Vision

Habakkuk 2:2 is a good text we like to quote/throw around as a reminder of God’s promises and vision for our lives. But that verse 3? Whew. That thing got me today.

“For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.”

How often has God given us a dream or vision for something and no matter how we try to get started, to get our footing to pursue it, it just doesn’t seem to work out?

We know God gave us the vision but have gone as far as our money, resources, and intellect can go — so we resolve to tucking our idea into the recesses of our journals and Google Docs and move on.

Habakkuk 2:3 says there’s still a vision for an appointed time… that “still” takes me out because it reminds me that God has not forgotten the dream that she gave me — and the time from incubation to action is not time lost but time to create space for when the “appointed time” begins. 

That time between incubation and action is where we are called to sit with ourselves, our ideas, our current situations and work those things out. It’s where we’ll see relationships end and new ones begin. It’s where life will push us to develop our character. It’s when we figure out not only what we want but what we don’t want.

It’s a time where space for the unexpected is created.

Whew. I find so much peace in knowing God hasn’t forgotten — that there’s still a vision, still a chance to see the vision come to pass, there’s still an appointed time that everything will come together.

So don’t grow weary waiting for the appointed time for that dream or vision to pop off; hopefully this season has been a time of getting people, places, things, ideals that no longer serve you out the way so you’ll have space for what’s coming. It’s coming!

Can the church say amen?

On the chase,

Alisha L.

Art of the Sermon Podcast Feature

 

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Check out my feature on Art of the Sermon, a podcast for people with an interest in preaching/public speaking and church communication. My podcast explored the church’s relationship to single mothers and how this unique ministry opportunity is one that churches often miss. We talked scripture, intersectionality, shame and single motherhood, conservative views of sex outside of marriage (oh snap!) and pop culture.

I was asked about what I’d say to someone who may have a conservative view on sex outside of marriage re: single motherhood. My response?

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Underground: If Not for the Women…

Last week, the groundbreaking television show Underground premiered its second season and I couldn’t be more excited! Besides being a fan of the show, I was hired to write the Underground Season 2 Faith Study Guide, a 28-page resource that churches around the country will use to engage in the theological and social implications in the show. I consider this project one of the most important things I’ve ever written and I wanted to share the resource with you!

Click Underground Faith Study Guide | Season 2 to access and download the PDF and join me for some real-time engagement on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow when episode two airs on WGN America at 10 PM EST!

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Something About Mary

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Friday, as I was traipsing through the City finishing some last minute tasks, I met a homeless woman.

She was sitting on a crate outside a busy Chipotle on Broadway. With every passerby, she’d say “Merry Christmas, can you please help me with some spare change?” Most people ignored her. Including me. Continue reading