Are We There Yet?

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–>Rushing through your seasons <–

Are we there yet? No, seriously, have we arrived at the destination yet? Not, yet? Really!? Why are we still at this same spot? Round and round again we go. Not knowing when we’ll ever get off of this ride. If I could just get to this place, this spot, with this person, this amount of money, or this position I’d be where I want to be. If I could just jump out of the cold harsh winter I am in and into the fresh sunny Spring I’m craving everything would be settled, right? I just want to get out of here and move forward! There comes a time in everyone’s lives I believe where they are craving and screaming to get out of the current position in life they are in and ready to move onto the next one. You might realize the past position was horrible (read about that HERE), and even if you are moderately ok with the current season, you still find yourself craving a new avenue in your life.

“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.”

Proverbs 19:2 (NLT)

Sometimes God has to slow us down and keep us in a position longer than we want to be there because we are refusing to pace our own selves so that we can learn and grow in the way that He needs us to grow during this current season. In the past, as I was nearing the end of high school, I would often rush through things just so I could get it done as opposed to making sure that I actually absorbed all the information that was necessary because I was extremely ready to graduate. A high schooler’s mentality is usually to get the homework done as quickly as possible so they can move onto doing things that they find interesting and fun and I was no different in my thinking. Unfortunately this behavior and mindset can affect our relationship with God. In this age where everything is at our finger tips, more and more people are finding it hard to stay patient, calm, and wait for anything. So, waiting on God to move and grow us in His timing can often seem hard or too slow for our liking. An example I would like to look at of someone who rushed God’s timing would be Moses:

 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people.  Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.  The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.”

Exodus 2: 11-15(NIV)

The set up here was that Moses just wanted God’s prophecy for his kinsmen, the Israelites, to be fulfilled and satisfied.So what he did was kill a guard out of irritation of seeing the lack of respect for his people and then attempt to solve a dispute between two that were arguing in hopes that he would be able to connect with his people. Moses was hoping that his move would move things forward; unfortunately he failed to listen to God’s timing, so he eventually had to move away from his current position as a prince and go onto a much more humbling job as a shepherd. This hasty moved also caused a 40 year delay for Moses in doing the call that was on his life(Acts 7:30). I’m sure if Moses was here today he would probably tell us that paying attention to God’s timing is necessary and pivotal in our walks with Him. This does not mean that God cannot fulfill His plans for us eventually. It just means that we might need to pace ourselves because if we don’t learn to pace ourselves sometimes God will do it for us by delaying His plans for us.

If the season is especially irritating, tiring, or miserable that can entice us to want to move it along quickly even more. Unfortunately when we do that, we might find ourselves having to go through the same exact season over again in the future. Then later on we’re looking at God asking Him why did He allow us to enter the same season again and it’s because we refused to slow down and pay attention. The Holy Spirit is our instructor and is trying to help us to learn and grow in our walk and though class might not always be the most fun or entertaining thing to sit through for everyone, it’s good to sit up, pay attention, and trust that the end of the lesson will come sooner or later.

When you feel like rushing the current test and trial you’re going through remember to:

Be Silent– Stop wasting time crying, complaining, trying to make something happen or worrying and spend more time in silence on your knees before God. Be still as you wait on God. (Psalm 37:7; Lamentations 3:25-26; Psalms 62:5)

Be alert and Listen– Perk your ears up and expect to receive instruction on where to move, what to do, and how to act. Stay in the Word. (Psalm 95:7-11)

Time never stops– Remember that time is always moving forward and before you know it the lesson will already be over. Don’t be the one that misses out on important information the instructor was trying to give out. Be an active learner and engage in the lesson as opposed to zoning out or staring down the clock, hoping that you can move the hour hand with telekinesis. Pay attention to God’s timing and leading because you can cause a good amount of problems if you move way too soon.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

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