Without a vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 29:18a) I’ve heard this phrase time and again stressing the importance of having a plan and knowing where you are headed. But what do you do when a pandemic hits and the vision you had for your year gets completely canceled? While so many were experiencing a slowing down (or slamming to a halt) of their worlds, we were busier than ever. When we were forced to cancel all our in-person events for the fall, our staff went into action – focusing on our mission and asking the Lord how we might accomplish his will in light of our unprecedented circumstances. God birthed new ideas, new resources, and new ways of delivery – and we have been blown away. As we have kept our eyes on him, our faith has become sight.

– Dana Smith, Women’s Equipping Coordinator

It was a cool, breezy Saturday morning; you could hear the wind blowing through the trees like the sound of the Spirit moving among us. We gathered on a covered porch with a full agenda – ministry in mind. We surrendered our plan in response to His purposes… and it was nothing short of holy.

Beyond the vision

Our annual board retreat was unlike any other I have experienced in my ten years with Wellspring. The weeks leading up to it made me wonder if we would even get there. From the perspective of the Four Realities one would surely say, Evil had hunted us. Each person in this band of brothers [and sisters] had persevered in their own personal battle just to be present this very moment.

Strike the ground

Over the past six months our team has had a sense of the Lord’s invitation to “strike the ground” be boldly obedient, without hesitation, ready to move when he leads and trust him for the breakthrough.

We fully believe we are on the brink of a move of God. As we invited the Board into this expanded vision for men and women to experience Wholehearted Community through a spiritual formation pathway giving opportunities for more – pre-and-post Battle experiences, the deep heart work in the Battle process and ongoing development through coaching tracks – each member responded with great anticipation, as if this is what they were waiting for.

The power of the fellowship

“You have my sword.”

I cannot express how humbling it is to sit in the fellowship of such incredible men and women, then have them commit to the battle before you. It’s as if they breathe courage and strength into our very hearts. And as we began to experience “with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another,” [2 Cor 3:18, NIV] we paused to repent, as a group and individually, for the ways we have fallen short of glory.

As I glanced across the porch, it began to all make sense. The path that felt like the shadows of death just a week prior, was an invitation to lay down a belief system that had been too heavy a weight to carry where He’s leading. This step toward surrender would lead the way for more. An unveiling of sorts.

The path that felt like the shadows of death just a week prior, was an invitation to lay down a belief system that had been too heavy a weight to carry where He’s leading. This step toward surrender would lead the way for more. 

We are privileged to be a part of His Larger Love Story. Please pray with us as we move into this next season of strategic planning, for our Board and Advisory Teams who are graciously giving of their time and gifts to lead us boldly into the expanded vision. As I’ve experienced the incarnational reality of God through a Fellowship who protects and propels us, I am in awe of his faithfulness. When I consider what is at stake, it all comes down to his glory.

As we wrapped up our meeting on Sunday morning, we ended with the same scripture we opened the weekend with from Exodus 33:15-18 (NIV):

15“Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
17And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
18Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

Friends, brace yourselves. He’s moving.

One Step Further:

  1. How might God be calling you to adjust or look beyond the vision you had for a situation or project that was impacted by the pandemic in unexpected ways?
  2. Where is God calling you to deeper trust and greater faith? How do you want to respond?
  3. How is God providing a fellowship to strengthen you and give you courage? In what ways do you need to admit your need and ask for support?