I do my best to pray about any decision I’m making so when it was brought to my attention by multiple people I respected that I should start the process of becoming a small group leader, I hit my war room and asked God what He thought. I felt strongly like He confirmed this was where He wanted me next. I checked in with my mentor and she agreed. At my church you serve as like a junior leader before you get your own group. So I had the group lined up and the process ready. I was EXCITED. People were excited for me. Girls in the group were pumped. I was Readyyyyyy.
But as the semester progressed and work picked up with really challenging tasks(how am I supposed to write this whole memo in three days?!)…the blog in full steam ahead… I was finding my self stressed and feeling like there weren’t enough minutes for all the tasks. The idea of pouring out more of myself after the end of crazy days started to seem… impossible? I’m falling asleep at 830 some nights. Could I even stay AWAKE for group? The closer I got to the start of the group the more unsettled I became about this new opportunity.
After talking with our small group staffer and much prayer I realized I was ready but the timing wasn’t right.
I was really confused. Have you ever been there? Prepped, primed, locked and loaded but God says stay put?… God says not yet?
This is a super weird concept for me to grasp. Why am I ready if it’s not time?(questions I can’t answer)
But the point is sometimes we ARE ready for the promise, the next step, the whatever -but it’s just not time. That could be because God has something else He wants us to do in the mean time or a greater place of harvest He wants us to step into. Or it could mean that whatever’s to come, just isn’t ready yet.
So if God has told you that you’re to do something or become something or whatever it may be but nothing is happening or the doors aren’t being openend- rest assured. He is moving and shaking and orchestrating to make sure whatever you’re about to step into is ready to receive you. He’s making it so that whatever harvest you receive will be the fullest one possible. So don’t force stuff just because you FEEL ready or because you got a word from God. Let God confirm the timing too.
“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” (Habakkuk 2:3 LB)
So when I think of waiting I think of soup. weird? not at all. because I WAIT FOR SOUP SEASON ALL YEAR!!! chicken noodle. gumbos. chicken and dumplings. tomato. broccoli and cheese. ALL THE SOUPS. everything. so this week I made the savoriest creamiest carrot curried soup. make it. love it. thank me later.