Finding courage to keep moving forward.
Today I am in the sort of mood where I am feeling as if I would want to stop time if I could, and place it so that I could achieve all I desire in my heart to do. Do you ever feel just a bit dejected because you are not ticking off all those boxes of things which God has put in you to do? This may be because we are busy with work, children, you name it. Regardless of the cause one can feel discouraged.
If you ever feel like this, take heart because you are not alone. Be encouraged to know that the God who has put such desires in our heart will grant us the grace for them to come to fruition at the right time.
We have to understand that when God gives us a plan He is the master builder and it will not manifest before it’s time. Jesus Christ was always destined for greatness but His fame did not spread across the land immediately. He started His ministry at age 30 and today it’s is growing and growing, growing and will never stop. Look also at John the Baptist, he came at the right time to prepare the way for Jesus.
The same can be said about your life. Yes… your life. That secret desire shall come to pass when the time is right in Jesus mighty name.
“Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” ( Gen 18:14). This verse was in relation to Sarah and Abraham not having a seed at the time. They were old, Sarah has passed menopause and as for Abraham, I won’t even mention what was going on with him. Today we can see that indeed they are both Mother and Father of many nations.
So if we know all this, why do we get ruffled most of the time about things not happening fast enough?
This could be that:
- We want to achieve in our own time and not in God’s time.( Proverbs 16:9)
- We might want to bite off more than we can chew per time. We have to set SMART goals. The main part of this acronym that I find very pertinent always is the A- achievable. So let’s say God has put it in your heart to run a marathon to raise money for a particular charity. No one will expect you to run it when you are recovering from a major surgery etc.
“If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10). We have to apply wisdom to our situation so we do not exert unnecessary energy on things at the wrong time.
- We are running the race of others- At times we may want to change levels because others around us are. This then swift our focus from God and push us to become fleshly. This is unwise, because we all have our own destiny. Our destinies are as unique as our fingerprints so no point running a race with others.
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”( 2 Cor 10:12).
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. ” (Gal 6:4-6)
So how do we move forward?
- We have to brace ourselves and know that God will never break his promises.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,so is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ( Isaiah 55:10-11)
- Be glad in God’s promises and mediate on His words day and night so we can have the desires of our heart.
“For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.”( Prov 23:18)
- Be joyful- joy is a sure way to keep the enemy at bay and have your eyes set on what God has promised you.
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”(Isaiah 12:3)
How do you move forward when you feel you have fall behind? I would love to hear from you.
Kerrian N. ADEBANJO