Trusting God During Unplanned Seasons
It’s been almost two months since my last blog post. I could give you the excuse of busyness or even tell you all about the troubling things that have transpired but I have always written even when things have been difficult…I would dare say especially because they are difficult. Troubles, however much they may hurt, have always propelled me closer to the Lord.
So why the absence?
Because of the unknown in-between season I find myself in.
I didn’t plan for where I am right now. I didn’t foresee God moving me from within the church walls to the marketplace, into an unknown industry. I would never have imagined my husband would also be moved from his comfortable city job, to unemployment, and then to an industry he never thought he would enter into. And while these things were transpiring, I sure as heck didn’t know God was going to abruptly move us from our first home (Which we had planned to live at for at least another 3 years) as a married couple to another place.
None of it was planned, and none of it was on our yearly dream board. As you could imagine, I was left a little dumbfounded, with a lingering question…
“What is going on Lord?”
I heard no audible voice from the Lord with a clear answer and this is why I haven’t written a blog for almost two months. I never want to write about what I don’t understand.
But yesterday, God “spoke” to me at midweek church service. It wasn’t audible, it wasn’t my pastor’s awesome teaching, and it wasn’t a word given to me by someone. God spoke to me through an image, an image that reminded me of a story in the Bible, of a time when God sent one of his prophets into an unknown season of waiting.
2 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” 5 So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath…
The prophet Elijah was given instructions by the Lord, to go to the desert and stay there. Then when the water dried up from the brook that was sustaining him, the Lord moved him again, this time to live with an unknown woman and her child. During this season of his life, the Bible doesn’t tell that Elijah was prophesying, which was his call from God. It just tells of Elijah’s obedience to the instructions of the Lord.
Today just like Elijah, we may find ourselves in the In-between season of life. Where we are moved from one place to a holding place, nowhere near our planned future. A place where perhaps we are not fully living the call of God on our lives and this causes us to believe that maybe we made a wrong turn somewhere.
During my second-guessing, however, I draw encouragement from Elijah’s obedience during this in-between season. He went where God sent him and remained until God moved him. I am sure it wasn’t easy. I am sure he longed to prophesy instead of remaining silent, just like you and I would rather live out what God called us to do.
But I am learning to embrace the beauty of the silent in-between. I now understand that this is our season of resting and growing in the Lord, where cultivation for our next assignment is taking place.
Today, I encourage you to press in to your in-between season. God is there, even if there is a silence. His hand is at work in your life. Dwell in His word, inhale the blessing of rest and soak in all of the great things He is teaching you. He is preparing you for your next assignment, amazing things are ahead!
<3 Ruby E. Dieguez
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