The world is right now is in an Unusual Place.
People who follow God always find themselves in an Unusual Place. Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his son... Unusual Place. Moses was stuck between the angry Egyptian army and the Red Sea... Unusual Place. Daniel was thrown into a lion's den... Unusual Place sleepover. Three young Hebrew men were thrown into a fire... Unusual Place.
1 Samuel 3:1-4 (NIV) "The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in HIS USUAL PLACE. The lamps of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in THE HOUSE OF THE LORD WHERE THE ARK OF GOD WAS. He was lying down to sleep in a very very UNUSUAL PLACE. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am."
The Unusual Place is where "it" all happens. The Unusual Place is a place of fierce danger. The Unusual Place is a place of great risk. The Unusual Place is an exciting place of the pure presence of God. Jesus' first Unusual Place was at the start of His ministry preparations, in the wilderness for 40 days. Jesus had many Unusual Place experiences such as sleeping in a boat that was sinking. Another Unusual Place for Jesus was when He was being pressured to respond to an angry crowd about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. He went to the ground and created His unique, special, sacred, Unusual Place in the presence of His Father. Then He arose with the active, controversial and most Unusual mindset of His Father.
Taking our cue from Jesus, we need to develop a spiritual awareness of God's volatile presence in the Unusual Places of life's many challenges. Look and listen for Him there, that is where He appears and speaks to us. Many times God leads us into an UNUSUAL PLACE. Other times, the enemy will challenge us by ripping our life apart, and just like that, we are shoved into an UNUSUAL PLACE. Whether God leads us or the devil attacks us, we can wind up in a PLACE that God likes to meet us with some UNUSUAL, MIRACULOUS, MANIFESTATIONS.
Unusual is defined as: unfamiliar, remarkable or interesting, uncommon or rare.
How else can you explain the amazing intimate presence of God where He speaks directly to you. Jesus Usually spoke to people in stories, riddles, enigmas or parables.
John 16:25-29 (NIV) "Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my Name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly without figures of speech?”"
Now more than ever, we must become aware of the UNUSUAL PLACES in life that we’ve been hit with or fallen into or we’ve even chosen to leave the beaten path to follow Jesus for. Embrace the UNUSUAL process that this presents and rejoice in the privilege of being in the the UNUSUAL PLACE where Jesus is going to do His thing. His UNUSUAL thing is to show off the Father’s Love for mankind through signs, wonders, miracles and supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit and Power to the glory of God. Welcome to the Unusual Place, you belong here.