I went to a conference this weekend: the IF Gathering. It was based in Austin, Texas but there were simul-cast/local gatherings all over the globe. It was highly emotional, digging deep into faith and preparing women to go out and share our faith, change our environments, and find out…what if?
Our scripture base for the first night was the story of how the 12 tribes have been in the wilderness, the men go out, check out the promised land, come back and 10 of them decide it is too risky. Much to the sheer disappointment and frustration of Joshua and Caleb, they stay in the wilderness. The people REJECT the promised land. Can you imagine?
Of course we can, we are in a wilderness society right now. Our culture is pushing all sorts of things–but faith is not one of them. We will have to go to war against society to keep our faith strong and to share Christianity. That can be scary.
The speakers the first night did not start us off easy. Jennie Allen, the founder, was our first speaker, and she opened with three really great questions that keep us from moving forward…1. Am I enough? 2. Am I going to be safe? and 3. What is this going to cost? So true!
So then, Angie Smith discussed what makes us feel legitimate, do we value our own gifts or those of others? Next was Jo Saxton and she reminded us to live in the fullness of our own identities to get the fullness of God’s promise for each of us. Not my neighbor’s promise and destiny. Not some other artist or writer or mom or homeschooler. MINE. Because God equipped me to be ENOUGH, with my own unique set of gifts. Just like He did for each of us. Jesus is ready to lead each of us to our promised land.
Will we say yes or no? Will we cross that river and set foot in the promised land or stay on the bank just dipping in our toes.