The past couple of days have been rather “silent” for me…after a flurry of busy days filled with deadlines and lists of “to dos”, all leading up to a scheduled event. Thanks to the Lord’s mercies, His strength, and the power of the Holy Spirit, the event was a success. Yet it was not without personal struggles, little short-comings, and roadblocks to circumvent. Now my body has decided it’s time for some down time. That’s often the way it is for me. And it may be that way for you, too. As it is for many who are disabled or who manage life with a chronic illness.
Flare-ups are common, especially after a flurry of activity or a bout with stress or increased demands on our body’s limited resources. “Down” times become necessary, as they are the body’s way of telling us it needs rest and restoration. You may find yourself overly fatigued, having increased pain levels, or facing flare-ups of other symptoms. It isn’t so much the pain or fatigue that down time brings which upsets me the most. It’s being unable to minister as I am called to do or unable to do some of the other things I love. And yet, the Lord is helping me to realize that these quiet times are a good opportunity to rest in Him, to pray, and to listen for His voice. God speaks to us in the stillnes- sometimes through our pain- and He will comfort us and draw us nearer to Him…if we allow Him
“Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
I have found that, often, during such times, His Spirit enables us to share what He’s placed in our hearts, according to His perfect timing. For me, it might be in the form of a letter, or perhaps an article or blog post, or through a video I’ve been given the time to produce. Your sharing may come in a similar form, or in a different way altogether. He’s taught me that, in the stillness, if I will take time to listen, He will speak to my heart and often provide new, quite opportunities to minister to others, as He brings healing and restoration to my own body and spirit. And He will do the same in you!
Sharing hope and the beautiful truth of God’s love are the greatest gifts of ministry- often revealing themselves via the most heart-touching and meaningful ways- in the silence.
Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)
John 14:26: “But the Comforter [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
May the Lord bless you abundantly as He guides you to becoming all He created you to be!
What has God placed on your heart for today? Has He given you a vision for something He has called you to do? Are you closer now to walking in your calling- to seeing that vision come to life- than you were a year ago?
If the answer is “yes”, keep trusting! Keep walking! Keep seeking God’s guidance! He will use each experience, each appointment, as a stepping stone in the pathway to your calling. And HE will fulfill the vision and complete the good work He has begun in you!
If the answer is “no”, then why not? Take Action! Do it TODAY! Don’t allow the enemy to detain you, distract you, discourage you, or derail you any longer!
Seek God’s direction. Listen for His guidance. Be obedient. And take that step of faith!
God will take care of the rest!
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
Other Scripture References:
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law – Proverbs 29:18 Vision is the bridge between the present and the future. Without it we perish or go “unrestrained.” Vision gives us a path and a purpose.
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” – Proverbs 16:9
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand. – Psalm 37:23-24
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus – Philippians 3:14
When your vision is honestly birthed by God Himself, He will be delighted to direct your steps as you act upon what He has placed in your heart, according to His will!
May God bless you abundantly and guide you to becoming all He created you to be!