So you’re stuck. It’s almost like nothing is happening. Maybe you feel like you’re at a standstill. You’re bored, you’re stagnant, you’re just floating by. Not making progress but not really moving backwards either. Maybe you have the same routine every day or work is just getting to the point where its super predictable. I don’t know what your situation is, but I’ve learned recently that none of this is as bad as it may seem.
There are a few things I want to bring up about this. Lets get into it…
First, I’ll share a few words from scripture for you. Some of you may read what I have to say and take my encouragement with a grain of salt. So why not hear what the word of God would say (:
Be Still, and know that I am God!…Psalms 46:10
Its a simple verse and I share it without much context. However, what I hear is that being still isn’t always a bad thing. I say, use that time to reflect. Maybe this time of feeling stuck is actually a nudge from God. Sometimes in my quietest moments, when nothing is really going on, I can hear the clarity of Gods voice. Listen for Him. Ask him questions. Talk to Him. Try to find what it is He might be sharing with you or directing you towards. AND…go easy on yourself. Just because you ask, doesn’t mean the answer comes easily. Take your time…commit yourself to prayer. ( i know…easier said than done). Don’t get down on yourself!
FIND JOY IN THE PROCESS
Even though it may not feel like it in right now, you’re in the “process” phase of your journey. It’s a beautiful thing. Some weeks, months or even years later, you will look back and realize how crucial this exact point in your life was in the timeline of where you are. Where you are in 5 or 10 years may not be a thing if you don’t live what you are living through today. Does that make sense?
…when trouble of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.James 1: 2-4
When i was younger, i used to always talk about how i “couldn’t wait to be 16″ or ” cant wait to go to college” or “cant wait till I can move out” & My mom would always say, “don’t wish your life away”. Im sure some of you can relate to this.
Now, looking back…she was right. I really wish I hadn’t! I think I was constantly waiting, and glamorizing getting older, that I didn’t fully enjoy my childhood and teenage days. Now, all these years later, I don’t even remember many points that some of my friends remember…even in high school and college. I couldn’t tell you much about my childhood, and when things are brought up, I’m always the one saying “oh my gosh, i totally forgot about that” or “how do I not remember that”. I was so focused on what was ahead that i wasn’t able to enjoy what was right in front of me.
For I know the plans i have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
The good thing is that God already had my whole story line planned out for me. He knew what He had in store for me and me worrying didn’t add to my blessings.
My Punch Line..
Allow God to hold your future for you while you enjoy the “today” that He has given you!
I know its not easy to apply any of this, but i hope this can bring you some sort of encouragement.
xoxo – Tayla S.