I've always heard people say "good things come to those who wait" but I believe this phrase left out some very important stipulations that are vital parts of this Christian journey. What it should have been revised to say is "good things come to those who wait, work hard, endure the character building process and are obediently walking toward what God has called them to do." Now I know my version is a mouthful to say when encouraging someone and would probably never catch on, but as I am learning in my current season of walking entirely by faith, I wish someone would have shared these exact words with me. It can be so easy to get caught up in the test and trials that come our way as well as the many other distractions that try to overtake us while pursuing our God given purposes. So what inspired this particular blog was a recent lack of focus and pressure I was experiencing along my journey.
See for me the past couple of months have been rough! I mean spirit of heaviness, Satan coming to divide and destroy, test and trials arising out of nowhere just as I would get ready to birth out a blog post...Rough! Never in my life have I ever experienced anything like this but have learned that when you choose to follow God's kingdom vision for your life these things all come with the territory. I mean why would Satan, our adversary, want you to follow through with your purpose and save souls or help to edify the church in any way? The Bible even says in 1 Peter 5:8 KJV "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." So as my life began to fill up with all these distractions, I quickly began to grow weary. Now the Bible reminds us in Galatians 6:9 KJV "...not to be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." See here is an excellent example of letting us know what the cost is up front when the verse says if we faint not. What this means is we must pursue our calling even in those times when we don't feel like it, even when the money doesn't match the vision, or even when we can't see past the first step.
I remember an interesting analogy the Holy Spirit gave me. He said, "when a woman gives birth to a child, that child does not come from her womb as an adult." What he said made me laugh out loud, but soon I realized he was trying to get me to understand that these test and trials were a part of my journey. What I am dealing with is needed to help prepare and mold me to birth the vision God has placed inside of me. Too many times I have tried to force the process because I felt convinced that I should be further along than where I am. One day the pressure got to me that I broke down and started asking God, "Why is my journey so hard?" At that particular moment in time, it seemed like I could not get or let alone do anything right. I remember clear as day He told me, "just as you would exercise your muscles to get stronger so you must exercise your faith." He even reminded me that this is new to me because when I was 18 years old and on a Sunday morning, in fact, I made a choice to leave the church and walk away from Him. So trusting and following God as an adult is an area I have consistently been working on improving.
So I took the time to express all this to say... if you're in a tough season that makes you feel very uncomfortable even though you are obeying God, then don't run from the pressure. I completely understand wanting all that God has shown or even told you about your future but know you must pass the tests that come your way. See as the great potter God is, he knows the deepest parts of our hearts and sometimes that does not match the purpose we were created to fulfill. So we must be molded and reshaped to be able to sustain all the blessings and the vision he needs us to carry out. Know this! Even if you are in a position, as I am, where it is not yet time for things to manifest on the surface, continue to water the seed which has been planted in your heart and mind because eventually and in due season, it will take root, sprout up and grow!