Do you remember being in school taking a test and having a teacher yelling for you to get to a stopping point. That meant to prepare to wrap it up. Go back and check your answers. Complete what you can, if you’re not done yet. Get to a stopping point the test is almost over. It’s almost time to put your pencil down.
I believe that this is what God is saying about some of our situations. Get to a stopping point in that relationship. Your time there is coming to a close. Wrap up your loose ends. Say what you have to say. Prepare your exit plan.
Get to a stopping point on that job. You’ve learned what you needed to learn in that place. It’s time to advance to the next level. Start preparing yourself to begin the next journey.
Get to a stopping point in that city. Take care of your business. Get all of your paperwork together. You’re going to a new place soon.
Get to a stopping point in that way of thinking. You have gone as far as you can go with that frame of thought. Prepare yourself for the challenge of thinking bigger. In order to be able to thrive in this next season of your life you have to prepare yourself to think differently.
Getting to a stopping point in school was always about preparing yourself to end. Have you been getting any nudges in your gut about something in your life coming to an end? Maybe God is giving you a heads up to get prepared and to get your life in order for what is next to come. Sometimes things hit us all of a sudden and there is nothing that could have prepared us for it. On the other hand, sometimes we get a sense beforehand that just maybe we should be preparing our plan B to become our plan A. Or be preparing a new plan all together. Or a new you all together. The holy spirit will send whispers to us that change is coming.
Be encouraged and trust God. Don’t settle for living life the way you always have. I pray that you will be refreshed and restored to a new level being as you prepare yourself to step out into the new thing that God has prepared just for you. Get to your stopping point. God is about to do a new thing.
Scriptures on Preparation
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
1 Peter 1:13 ESV
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 43:19 NLT
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.