I wish I could tell you that I’ve mastered being patient, but the truth is I’m still a work in progress…
Lately, God has been slowing me down and revealing to me that there’s no need to rush. Our lives were never created to be about living from one big moment to the next. God desires us to find pleasure and His glory even in what we may feel is mundane.
There’s beauty in experiencing all that’s around you. There’s beauty in the in between moments. The moments where you’re living between where you are and where you want to be. There’s even beauty in that. There’s beauty in the waiting, there’s beauty in the moments before the shift and we have no reason to fear. We don’t have to be afraid of the in between moments or the what if’s. “What if this doesn’t happen? Or what if this DOES happen?” God doesn’t want us living in fear, fearing the worst outcome, He wants us to simply enjoy the journey. He wants us to be hopeful, expectant and peaceful while we wait for what HE will do in us and through us.
I think a lot of times we get stuck thinking that our lives are not complete until we reach this one moment. But that’s simply not true. While it’s perfectly fine for us to desire those moments, our true fulfillment should only come from Jesus. He completely satisfies us, not moments. In the moments where I’ve completely saturated myself with what’s to come, I’ve lost sight of the true joy I find in just being with God. Having an unhealthy obsession with a moment is not a fun place to live in and it’s draining.
Maybe you’re like, “I know Jesus is my everything…I love Him…I just want this moment to happen already!” And I would say to you, I get it.
But I want to ask you this question: If that moment never happened, would you still love Jesus the same?
If you never graduated, if you never got that husband you’ve been desiring, if you didn’t get to start that business, would you still live for Him and trust Him to lead you along the best pathway?
Trust me, I know it’s a tough question. But when it comes down to having faith strong enough to say I’ll love you Jesus even IF it doesn’t happen, we will meet face to face with the root of our faith. Everything seems to be exposed…especially everything in our hearts. The root of our faith can either be connected to Jesus or another source. We have to be careful to stay connected to our Heavenly Father even in the midst of waiting. He is our only source, and outside of Him we can’t do anything (even walking successfully into those moments) (John 15:5).
I had to face this question when Holy Spirit asked me. He asked if I would give up being on the worship team at my church, delete my blog & so many other things just to be with Him. I knew He wasn’t saying those things had to happen, but He was checking to see where my hope is. But what if He did ask me, would I surrender it all? Would you surrender it all? My heart was completely exposed, but I needed this heart check. In fact, at times we all need this heart check to refocus on Him. After some thought, a few tears, I gladly said, “yes Jesus, I’ll live for you and love you the same!” Trust me, sometimes surrender isn’t easy, but it’s worth it!
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT
I want you to know that God delights in every detail of our lives, especially fulfilling promises He’s given to us. But notice this verse says that He delights in every area of our lives. This means, even the moments we dread, like the waiting or the work we have to do before the harvest season comes. He delights in ALL of it.
So, if HE delights in every area of our lives, shouldn’t we do the same? Shouldn’t we enjoy the beauty of the life God has given us? Even in hard seasons, there’s an opportunity to have joy as the scripture says. (James 1:2) We don’t always have to be in a “good” season to enjoy our lives. There’s so much for you to see in your life that you may be missing by being focused on this one moment. I want to encourage you to be present in your life, no matter what you’re waiting for. Sis, your life is beautiful and full of purpose don’t let anything or anyone tell you otherwise.
Fear is the biggest thing we will face in the in between moments. Fear births being impatient and so many other things. But I want you to know that there’s no reason to fear. Don’t compromise in the waiting because of fear; waiting is always best because Jesus always leads us to His best. Lift up your head again sis and be courageous in the waiting. Your waiting is not in vain. He’s with you and as you delight in Him, He will fulfill those things in due season. Trust Him and walk moment by moment with Him. He always doing something new, keep leaning into His loving arms.
Let’s start to enjoy our lives again. First by receiving all our strength, peace and total fulfillment from Jesus. Then, let’s venture and see what plans He has for us right now. There’s things to do right now. Like, let’s do this life thing!
So, what does that look like to enjoy your season completely? Well, it’s different for everyone, but here are a few examples:
Show up to your job with a new outfit that you’ve never worn before, start that blog, road trip somewhere, look for new ways to enjoy your classes at school, go hang out with some new friends, text your current friends back (lol) get to know people, take a walk at a new place, adventure out with your family. Leave some of your ideas below and let’s do it! There’s SO much for us to see and do in the in between. Don’t miss out on your life waiting on a moment – instead create moments and enjoy the journey. After all, aren’t we always on a journey? You might as well start living now and trust your Good Shepard along the way. It’s worth it.