The Hard Task of Doing Nothing

The Hard Task of Doing…Nothing

Have you ever been racing, working, struggling to pursue your purpose and sense that God is asking you to stop, sit back and let Him work?

For me it was the most exhilarating, exiting moment ever. I’d read countless times where God intervened on behalf of His children and brought about rousing success.

I was excited, ecstatic even, because like some of you, I was exhausted.

After years of working tirelessly trying to walk out my purpose, I was overjoyed to release this BIG dream to God so He could work it out.

It was a huge relief…a literal weight taken off me and placed into God’s capable hands.

Then….

 

Silence. Crickets. Nothing.

A funny thing happens when God works. You cease from activity and you’re happy, but….

God doesn’t provide you with His action plan and often He doesn’t tell you what He’s doing. So you end up confused. At least I was.

I didn’t “see” God making the connections I thought I needed. I didn’t “see” my bank account growing. I didn’t “see” my client list increasing.

What I “saw” were walls that seemed to be caving in all around me. I felt alone, abandoned and hopeless.

 

This wasn’t supposed to happen. I thought if I turned the reigns over to Christ, He would immediately rain miracles down on me, my business and my purpose.

I was waiting for my Red Sea to part, manna to ooze out of the ground and quail to fall from the sky.

So after “seeing” nothing, what did I do you ask? I did 3 things every purpose seeker should do.

Pray the Word

Instead of praying out of my vocabulary, I began to give God’s word back to Him. Every promise I could remember from the Bible, I began to include in my prayers. God said His word would not return back to Him void, but it would accomplish that which He sent it to do. So I sent it to God.


Rehearse the Word

Not content to simply pray the word of God, I began to rehearse, recite and commit the word to memory. I said it in the morning. I repeated it when I was filled with doubt and fear. I said it when I didn’t see anything. I repeated the Word of God until it became a part of me. Day in and day out, I read, recited and rehearsed God’s promises to me.


Stand on the Word

Finally, I made the decision to stand on and BELIEVE God’s word no matter what I could “see.” It took a while, but finally off in the distance I could “see” a cloud the size of a man’s hand. Like Elijah, who prayed for rain to end a 3+ year drought, seeing that cloud, in the middle of my desert, was all the miracle I needed.

You may be in a drought, a season where you don’t “see” the hand of God moving in our life. Seeing a cloud, or better put, sensing a breakthrough, could symbolize many things to you. That cloud could symbolize a new client, an unexpected check in the mail or simply a day when you have no fear or anxiety.

So when you are tired, frustrated and confused because you can’t see God, pick up your Bible, pull out your faith and look up. Ahhh…a cloud.

About the Author Cheryl (192 Posts)

I am a lover of life, great adventures and God. Passionate about inspiring everyday women to embrace SUPER extraordinary lives, I offer a FREE ebook, 7 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams, sure to take your life from lackluster to blockbuster! Get your copy now at www.BecomingEngaged.com/life.

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Cheryl

I am a lover of life, great adventures and God. Passionate about inspiring everyday women to embrace SUPER extraordinary lives, I offer a FREE ebook, 7 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams, sure to take your life from lackluster to blockbuster! Get your copy now at www.BecomingEngaged.com/life.

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8 Comments to “The Hard Task of Doing Nothing”

  1. Sitting still is one of the hardest disciplines of the faith – but one of the most important. Ruminating on God’s Word is always a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. *That* is real faith. It isn’t faith if you can already see it. God is great!!

  3. A wonderful word to start a brand new day; blessings!

  4. Thanks Cheryl – I needed this message today. I move to fast and like to see results. I even came home early from work today to relax but have been on this computer since I walked through the door. God must have put in my mind to take it easy the rest of the day so I am going to sign off and listen to Him and ‘do nothing’ while he works within me!

    • Debi, I’m so glad it was just what you needed. Isn’t that just like God? He knows what we need and “Bam,” there it is. =)

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