“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities." Isaiah 54:2
Have you ever been stretched beyond the norm? And I am not meaning going to the gym type of stretching. I’m talking about the kind where you feel put in the most unpleasant situation. You must make a choice that you never wanted to make in the first place, and you think you’ve reached your limit!
Most of us try to avoid being stretched. When situations in life come up that seems bigger than we can handle, we often tend to back off and say "I’m done!" Mostly because of fear. Fear of the unknown and of the possibilities that the present could be negatively affected.
For the past couple months, I have felt that my capacity to be stretched has reached its max. Accepting anything new or something that might stretch me has been a hard NO in my attitude. But God in His still small voice has been challenging me to "enlarge the place of my tent" for this new year.
In the Old Testament, when God was speaking to the Israelites to increase their tents, it was the same season where Isaiah compared them to a “barren, desolate woman”. They were filled with hopelessness, despair and little faith. God wasn’t stretching their capacity to cause more fear or to punish them. He still had a purpose and a plan for his people, despite their attitudes. He was stretching them to enlarge their tents because HE knew their future. He had a vision and a hope for them.
Even when they felt they were hopeless, God made a way! All they had to do was increase their capacity (tents) to receive! God has a plan for you but for you to receive all the blessings He has for you, you must be willing to be stretched and to increase your capacity.
Capacity doesn’t mean giving up something or saying no to good things. It means “widening your heart and widening your vision” to make room for the new things God has for us. Allowing God to stretch me has looked like changing my attitude, increasing my time and as a result, I believe He’s going to take me to places that I’ve never even dreamed of!
Together in this new year, let’s enlarge the place of our tents and stretch our tent curtains wide! Widen our hearts, widen our vision and let's see what God has in store for us!