Stage 1: Letting Go – Not only letting go, but to stop doing what wasn’t working before, and celebrate what was, but understand (and welcome) that God is doing something new. There will be grief, and working through this grief process will prepare us for what is next.
Stage 2: Wandering in the Wilderness – He quoted Lord of the Rings “Not all who wander are lost” and said this stage starts after we have begun to let go and is the time of transition between what was and what will be. It is preparing us for what is next. Though we might not have known where the change was leading as we entered the wilderness, this process will ready us for it.
Stage 3: Starting New – The New can begin once we have freed ourselves from the power that what was had over us –and– we have spent sufficient time in the Wilderness to really want whatever will be next. “The trouble is,” Dr Rendle said, “most people and institutions want to skip to stage three, without spending time in the Wilderness, and when it comes, they are not ready for it. You can’t yearn for Egypt and enter Canaan.
Act Immediately – if God said it, God will equip it. God has already been at working before you showed up, preparing the situation for what is next. It does not matter who you are if God is with you, you will succeed. In an earlier story she quoted Luke 5:11
Act fearlessly in the face of insurmountable odds. Over 300 times the Bible has some variation of the phrase “fear not”. But when you delay, and look deeply at the root cause of why you have delayed action, is that because you are afraid? The longer you wait, the more you will see the reality of how bad things could be if God is not with you. This is not of God but the evil one. Act now like you believe what God is going to act because the Promised Land can be lost if we fail to make that first step. She went into a great description of the Jordan River of that time, how the snow-melt was coming and the river was at its height of the season, and until Joshua stepped in the water, he had no evidence that God would stop the flow of water.
Acknowledge God’s Presence before making a move. “I’m giving you permission to get your feet wet!” even when you have no evidence that God is going to do what God said He is going to do. God can see past what you can think and so give God the glory before you take your first step. Joshua told the people “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, …you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” When you see God move, acknowledge God, then get your feet wet.