“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. “ Philippians 4:6
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Have you ever felt God had you in a holding pattern? You seem to be following God to the best of your capability, i.e. attending church, studying His word, and doing ministry, but you know there is something more? For the past few months, I have felt as if I was in a holding pattern, a bubble of sorts, and have had a feeling of being adrift. I don’t take people speaking “prophetic words” into my life lightly, nor do I listen to most people that claim to have a word for me. However, within the last few weeks I have had 2 random individuals confirm a vision that God gave me long ago. And from those instances, instead of feeling as if I was on His path, I have felt greater frustration because I do not see His will being made manifest.
So, I find myself anxious about what is next for me. What have I not been doing that has hindered me from going to the next level? For that matter, what does the next level look like? This week I have asked God that question a lot. My prayer has been for God to reveal why I am not where I want to be (notice I said I) and to reveal to me how to get there.
And God answered…“Be still, and know that I am God.”
I always have multiple things going on that I always try to execute to the fullest of my potential. I rarely do anything half-way, except if I must be honest, I have been doing the most important part of my life half-way; my commitment to God and His ministry. Earlier this year, I felt that God was telling me to cut out several commitments in my life in order to free my time. Yet with that free time, I did not do what He called me to do. Instead of using that time to go into a deeper relationship with Him, I continued to maintain my same level and commitment with God. The only issue is although that may have been sufficient for someone else, it is not what God has desired with and for me.
For so long, I didn’t know how to “be still” and when I finally did become still, I relaxed in my study time and commitment to God. You see, although I have had an abundance of peace in my holding pattern, I have been dissatisfied with holding. I am ready to move full speed ahead and conquer the next level. Yet, there is a reason that God has me here. Even in holding, I am in preparation.
God knows what the future holds for all of us and in order to walk more fully in our purpose we must spend this time more committed and focused on Him. For me, being still does not only mean to stop moving, it means to draw nearer. What does be still mean for you?