Sometimes, we just need to slow down, rest and wait for His guidance. I was reminded of that truth in today’s service when Pastor Scotty said, “Many times, we move faster than God wants us to. But the Bible says, there is an appointed time for everything.” I am certainly guilty of sometimes moving faster than God wants me to. I don’t like seasons of delayed dreams or waiting.
But there is more beauty in those seasons than many of us realize.
Last month, I finished reading the book Anonymous, in which the author, Alicia Britt Chole, writes about those very seasons and their importance in our spiritual growth. “Each day is in some way shaped by the days preceding it and in turn has an effect upon the days following it,” she writes.
She talks about how one of her personal struggles is living for the future. I can definitely relate to that. “Before I could even be capable of valuing hidden years,” she writes, “I first had to start valuing each day as something more than just a boring prelude to an exciting future.”
Slowing down. Valuing each day. They are two things I am trying to embrace and live each day. And as Pastor Scotty challenged last week, I am trying to have periods of quiet and silence each day, so I can hear God when He speaks to my heart.
My copy of Anonymous is full of underlines and stars. And as I page through the book this afternoon, I am reminded of all of the sections that nudged me closer toward trusting and peacefully waiting— no matter what season of life I am navigating.
Here are a few more beautiful truths from the book:
“Father God is neither care-less nor cause-less with how he spends our lives. When he calls a soul simultaneously to greatness and obscurity, the fruit—if you can wait for it—can change the world.”
“Hidden years, when heeded, empower a soul to patiently trust God with their press releases. All that waiting actually grants us the strength to wait a little longer and not rush God’s plan for our lives.”
“Jesus appears to have walked unstressed and unhurried. His peaceful pace seems to imply that he measured himself not by where he was going and how fast he could get there but by whom he was following and how closely they walked together.”
Today, I’m adopting a peaceful pace and enjoying my own walk with the One I am following.