Being quiet has never been my strong suit. What happens once you discover who you are and you are ready to move on to what you know you were born to do? What do you do when you’re not quite ready? What happens in that inbetween place? The place that is filled with diapers, dishes, homework, and rest is seemingly impossible. What do you do there? You know the promises and you know you heard him, but what He said was, “Wait.” “Be Quiet.” “Be Still.”
Our daughter begged for an Easy Bake Oven for 3 years. We explained to her everyday for four years that it was for ages 8 and up, that she would just have to wait until she was a little older. (We finally caved when she was 7 since she could change her sister’s diaper and was pretty much a self-made woman entrepreneur selling artwork to the neighborhood for cash.) The truth was I got an Easy Bake Oven when I turned 8 and I almost caught our house on fire numerous times. Therefore, there was no way that child was using that flaming death trap until I knew she was ready.
God does the same. Every time I try to make a way where there was not meant to be a way, I fall flat. Every. Single. Time. It takes work to relearn how to live, to pry my white knuckled, boney, control freak, hands off that steering wheel and start letting him take over without seeing the whole picture.
Building a firm foundation gives capability for permanent structures. When our hearts are built with a firm foundation there leaves space for bricks, stones to be added, skyscraper sized dreams to stand upon. If you are like me and God is laying the foundations for your life, your future ministry, the nonprofit you always dreamed of creating, or if you only have a the vision that you were created for something larger than yourself, please have heart. I pray you walk out in faith and always trust that his ways are the best ways. It is frustrating to not do all the things you want to do, throw yourself into every opportunity, and run with every dream, but there is perfection in His timing. You will have time for it all. Lucky for us, his time is not anything like our own and what would take us years to accomplish he can do in a matter of seconds.
“But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift. I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.”
Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 MSG