Lately, it seems like every woman I talk to says the same thing:
"I need some direction and the Lord isn't saying much. So I'm waiting."
Waiting is painful for sure, but it's often useful in nurturing the transformation God is working in us. However, what I hear behind the statement is:
"I'm afraid to run out ahead of God. To do something that isn't in his will. So I'm waiting."
That's a different kettle of fish.
Do you believe He's a good father?
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?" Jesus asked. "Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:10
I think Jesus wanted to expose the central issue behind our fear: We don't know God's love for us. If we think God will be disappointed if we rush out ahead and fall down, we're unlikely to move very much.
But if He's your good father, won't he scamper up behind you, giggle a little at your daring, pick you up and brush you off? Then place your feet somewhere more suited to your skill level?
Doesn't it feel better to believe that about him?
The paralysis might not be your fault.
I read a book recently I've been recommending all over the place.
Millennials especially are alive in a time of unprecedented choice. What should I do with my life? Go to graduate school? Move to Asia? Teach in the inner city? Become a surrogate? Race dunebuggies? Become an investment banker?
The glut of choices can be paralyzing, like the salad dressing aisle at Wal-Mart is.
Couple that with some shaky theology, which suggests God reveals each step before we take it, thereby eliminating risk (and the need for faith), no wonder people are getting stuck.
But you'll find few places in the Bible where God lays out the plan before telling his people to start walking.
- Abraham leave your home and go to a land I WILL show you.
- "I'm going to the king, if I die, I die." - Esther
- "How can this be, I'm a virgin?" Mary.
Interesting the only person it was laid out for was Jesus. His walk from Nazareth to Calvary was described hundreds of years in advance.
But for us, choosing to walk on, is how we learn to trust God's faithfulness.
Pick up Pastor DeYoung's book. I hope you find it helpful.