Life is a trail of seasons: good, bad, exciting, painful, and unexpected seasons. Like summer, fall, winter, and spring we set markers to label life’s rhythm. We check off the miles by our age or circumstances, our relationships or activities. Sometimes we choose when a season ends. Sometimes it chooses us. Either way, we often wrestle with the transition when it comes.
One day you know who you are, your place in the world, your routine — and the next you don’t.
In this space, silence, sadness, excitement, guilt, doubt, and fear all take their turn on the stage of your heart. It can be very tempting to turn around and hold onto yesterday. And granted, there were some very good days in the last chapter. Exceptional days. Days you wouldn’t trade for all the world. Days when you knew your whole reason for living.It can be very tempting to turn around and hold onto yesterday. Click To Tweet
But not today.
Today you have questions. Today you’re not sure what path to choose or what title to embrace. Today you’re torn between what was and what could be.
Nicodemus, too, knew that feeling.
He’d grown up with a specific calling. He studied and taught and knew his status. He was a Pharisee. A ruler of the Jews. He knew the answers and the direction his life was going. He knew what to do when the sun came up and when it went down again. But like a roll of thunder from the west, his plans were interrupted. Suddenly, he wasn’t so sure of his place or future.
Suddenly, he didn’t have easy answers or routines.
Jesus walked into Nicodemus’ world in a way no one had before. Jesus offered him a new perspective and horizon. He offered new problems and solutions and possibilities. And while his peers violently rejected Jesus, Nicodemus chose to make a personal investment towards his future.
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night…” John 3:1-2a NASB
It might appear cowardly that he went at night. But in truth, it took great courage and humility to walk that dark path.
- He stepped over peer pressure.
- He stepped around religious pressure.
- He stepped through personal fear and self-doubt.
- He stepped beyond his understanding and expectations.
He stepped forward, into the unknown, and Jesus met him, challenging all he thought he knew. That night changed Nicodemus’ life forever. In the coming days, we see him defending Jesus in front of the Sanhedrin (John 7:45-53) and, eventually, helping Joseph of Arimathea prepare Jesus’ body for burial (John 19:39).
Imagine if he would have remained stuck in the routine he knew. Imagine if he would have allowed the bonds of yesterday to keep him from moving into tomorrow…
Right now, in this moment:
Does the empty nest season have you wondering about your place or purpose?
What mystery pulls at the curtain of your understanding, drawing you to new horizons?
What fears or doubts press on your mind?
I know, it’s hard to move forward. It’s hard to let go of what you’ve known up to now. But even if you have to come in the cover of night, take a step out.
- Make a choice towards life.
- Make an investment in your destiny.
- Allow courage to rise up and lead.
This I know: He will surely challenge and enlarge your thinking, but also your joy and wonder.He will surely challenge and enlarge your thinking, but also your joy and wonder. Click To Tweet
Please comment below. I’d love to pray with you as you move forward.