Do you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances? Are you afraid of life moving too quickly, of changes happening so suddenly that there's no time to adjust? They may be changes you've wanted for so long, but now that they are here, it's scary because you don't feel equipped.
Maybe you've finally been given the promotion but now you don't feel right for the job. Maybe you've entered a new relationship after getting over heartbreak, and you think you have to guard your heart. Maybe you're moving away from home and everything familiar.
Maybe a dream is becoming your reality and you wonder, "What if I fail? How am I supposed to handle this on my own?”
Perhaps you're in a different boat, and you fear the changes you desire will never happen. You've been waiting for the promotion, for the relationship that leads to marriage, for the financial stability to own your own home, for that pursued dream to come true, and you've lost track of the years and the seasons of seemingly unanswered prayer.
You compare everyone else's thriving gardens to your small one, and are afraid that everyone else is somehow ahead in life and you're stuck.
Oh, sweet friend, I have been in both boats, the scary big changes and the waiting. Both are hard and both can be frustrating. The hardest is when both big changes and waiting on the Lord collide.
I pursued my dream of becoming a published author and waited on the Lord to bring it about in HIS time. After five years, He is answering. But that answer still involves a great deal of trust as I work with my publisher to edit/fine-tune my books. God has called me to wait on Him, to trust. The process never stops.
Your life is also a process. God is constantly refining your faith and pruning the areas that need changing. He is constantly at work planting and watering, whilst transforming you into more of His likeness.
We are called to "walk by faith, not by sight" (II Corinthians 5:7), and whilst we are called to go and make disciples, you and I must trust that He will continue to guide our feet along the way.
I’ve also come to realise that we shouldn't separate God's command to "go" from His command to "wait", because they go hand-in-hand.
Throughout our Christian journey, we are called to walk with the Lord and wait expectantly with an abundance of hope for His leading, provision and wisdom, as we share the Gospel.
John 15:16 (NASB) says, "...I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."
In doing a study of the word “remain", I discovered the following definition: "To abide, to endure, to be held, to wait for, to continue to be present" (blueletterbible.org, emphasis added). It's such a comforting reminder to know that all God expects of us is complete trust in His process in the here and now.
You too can live a full life abiding in Christ Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith, without ever having to carry a planning book. Why? Because for starters, the only book you need is God’s Word!! And because God holds His plans for your life in His hands.
Our God will never lead us astray. Rest in that. Rest in Him and live!
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