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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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