So I am a new blogger…been at this for just over a month really. My first month was basically dabbling and trying to figure out what I was doing. So I really have only a month of actual blogging under my belt. So, you may ask, who on earth am I to offer anyone advice?? And you’d be right! But I want to share with you what GOD has shown me.
You see, this morning I went to God in prayer. I told him about my frustrations. I told him I felt like I was spinning my wheels. I said I felt like I was treading water but not heading anywhere. I doubted my calling, even though I have had assurance after assurance that THIS is what I am supposed to be doing.
God immediately brought a verse to mind. But this was not a verse I knew well as much as I hate to admit it. I knew the first part of it. It was Galatians 6:9 and this is what He said to me…
“Let us not become weary in doing good……” (NIV)
That is what I recalled from this verse. And that alone would have been sufficient. “Ok”, I thought, “God is telling me to not get tired of doing what I am doing because I am doing a good thing?” But then I felt God was telling me to look it up. So I called out to Siri because I was actually in my bedroom getting ready and didn’t have my Bible handy. I said, “Hey Siri…look up ‘Bible verse and let us not grow weary of doing good'” (because I didnt recall the exact wording) and Siri, being ever helpful, brought up Galatians 6:9. So I clicked on it and there it was…the rest of the verse. It hit me like a slap in the face…
“….for at the proper time we will reap a harvest IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP.” (NIV)
Wow! God then spoke to my heart and showed me that it is my learning time. It is my time to make mistakes, it is my time to work out what works for me and what doesn’t. It is my time to fail. It is my time to go through seasons of needing to lean on Him and not trust in my own efforts. Imagine if I grew exponentially overnight!! I might pat myself on the back and think I am the next C.S Lewis!! Slow, steady growth may be what I need personally to keep me grounded. It is also my time to become disciplined.Imagine if I grew exponentially overnight!! I might pat myself on the back and think I am the next… Click To Tweet
You see…there are times I get overwhelmed. I work part time and have a house to clean and meals to cook and clothes to wash. I might go online and see I have five new comments to answer and I will feel overwhelmed!! And I believe God was telling me, “If you cannot reply to five comments without feeling overwhelmed how are you going to reply to fifty, or five hundred?” Wow again! God certainly does have a way of showing us how we block our own blessings sometimes!!
I was not yet ready for the growth I wanted so badly. And it may very well be that you are not either. This may be your time to learn, to grow in your faith, to make mistakes…it may be your time to develop discipline and to learn to lean on Him.
So the best advice? Don’t give up! God’s Word says if we continue on we WILL reap a harvest at the right time. And that is a time HE has determined, not us. We can certainly slow down our timing if we don’t listen to Him but we don’t control when He determines it is right for us to experience the kind of growth we want to see. So use this time wisely and learn, grow, make mistakes. Better to make those mistakes with a few than with many. And know He promises we WILL reap if we simply don’t quit.Don't give up! God's Word says if we continue on we WILL reap a harvest at the right time. Click To Tweet
So the best advice? Don’t quit! You may want to. You may feel like you are treading water, like I did. You may come under attack and question your calling. But don’t give up!! God has a plan for you in His time!