So I know I didn’t post to F7LN last week. It’s not that I didn’t want to. I usually post based on things I feel led or inspired to share and there wasn’t anything I seemed to be moved to post. I even got a little bothered in trying to, but as I’ve come to realize especially in the last 2 years or so, there are times when I’m being brought to a place of stillness. It may be a day or two, a week, some months or longer, but I’m learning to be present to that spirit that brings me to a stop. At times it may be for replenishing of thought and spirit. Other times may be for reasons I will come to know.
Trust me, I know it can be a challenge or even frustrating, especially if you’re a mover & shaker, get things done, to-do list having, on the go, working on projects, and innovator, like myself. When I first realized I was moving in a phase of my life where I was to be still, it was incredibly difficult. Though I embraced the calmness of it, coming to a space where I was unsure and even how long I’d be in it brought about anxiety and was uncomfortable.
As time passed, I came to see a variety of things that God was showing me, how He was moving in my life, growing me and in many ways still readying me for what’s to come. At times we are so used to our own plans, living life and doing what we feel we should, but God will slow us down or put us in a space to be still to hear His voice. In that space we can focus on Him, and in many cases stop and give Him time to work on things we have no power over or even the sight to see.
Last weekend a friend out of the blue texted me and asked if I was feeling frustrated or worried about something. In the past year or so there has been much on my mind and heart that I thought, prayed, and at times simply didn’t understand, which had me feeling frustrated, unsure, and even disappointed and confused. Though I still may think and feel unclear at times, I no longer feel frustrated or anxious and I shared that with her. However, she replied back saying that she was being led to tell me to relax and be easy.
I very much believe that God speaks in various ways to us; through His word, inklings that we sense or feel, in a song or expression, and through messengers. For me, her text was a confirmation of what I was sensing, to take some time and replenish, to get clarity on things, people, situations and messages that were happening in my life.
I even find that at times when things seem to just be going all wrong, my hands are tied about a situation, I don’t have an answer or a clear way I should go about things that may even get me upset. It’s as though God says “well I tried to whisper in your heart to just hold on, but just to be clear…not yet, sit your butt down.” LOL. I have and continue to learn to listen with my heart, to know the seasons to which life will bring us. I think of Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, but specifically verses 5-7. In life’s peaks and valleys, there is a time for many things including, searching, refraining, gathering, and silence. Even when we don’t understand or have things that concern us, keep seeking but simply trust when you are being led to do nothing for there is a plan and purpose even in that.
I felt that I should share this, because unlike many of the messages that we get that are equally important, that express us to move, be powerful, create our life, touch others, and DO so much more, there is also a time for us to not do anything but listen and wait.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,a time for war and a time for peace.