It was October of 2013. Life had been challenging for the Polzin family. We were in a season that required constant surrender to the truth that God is good. It was a time of life where each day felt like I was walking in water – not quite the same as Peter’s try of walking on water. However, both Peter and I shared the feeling of sinking below the surface.
During my prayer time that day God led me to Haggai. Seriously, Haggai. It’s just not the most glamorous book in the bible. Here I was struggling to see the goodness of God, seeking His presence in the daily challenge of life and Haggai is where I landed.
“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says the Lord Almighty. And in this place I will grant peace, declares the Lord Almighty”. (Haggai 1:19)
“From this day on I will bless you. (Haggai 2:19)
It was then that I knew that God wanted me to mark this day as “Crossroads Day”. This was the day that we, as a family, committed to surrender everything to Him. Our lives were truly at a crossroads. We could either continue to limp along on our own strength, or we could publicly commit to one another that this would be the day we would change direction. He promised us that His glory would shine greater than ever before in the lives of our household. Not only that, God declared that He would grant us peace. In case we had any doubt of where this peace would come from, He identified Himself as the Lord Almighty… twice. In addition to that, let me repeat…IN ADDITION TO THAT He promised us that He would bless our family from this particular day in October and in the days to come! Whaaat!?! God is such a God of abundance. Let’s just recap that for a moment. These were His promises to my family on Crossroads Day: more of His glory than we had ever experienced, His peace AND a special measure of His blessings. I can still hardly wrap my brain around it.
It has been over two years since Crossroads Day and God has been true to His word. During this time I have grown closer to Him than I could ever have imagined. My husband and I are both in ministries where we get to talk about Jesus with people all day long. My youngest son, who was home with us that day, is flourishing at college. My remaining four children are thriving. This is not to say that each day has been easy. There are still days when life seems hard. I still have the tendency to go back to self-reliance. In ALL of it, God is good, full of mercy, spilling out unconditional love.
A couple of weekends ago my husband and I attended an event put on by “Come Rest Ministries”. During that event, Richard Speight proclaimed that this is a year of crossroads. Seriously, I kid you not. I was floored. I felt a sense of joy surround me and confirmation that God’s promises are real! I can’t wait to see what this year brings. I believe that I will experience peace – no matter the circumstances. I believe that God will continue to shower blessings on me. I believe that His glory in my household will be even greater this year than it was last year. Why do I believe all of this? Because He promised it!
What promises does God have for you and your family this year? I know it will be beyond what you can imagine. I can testify that no matter what your circumstances look like, He is with you. You can rely on Him. Search the Word. Seek His face. Pursue Him. Listen for Him. He has promises for you and for those you love, believe it!