My 40th birthday is a few weeks away. As I look ahead with anticipation, I also look back and assess the landscape of my life. I’m counting what I’ve accomplished, the dreams I’ve pursued, and even the longings I’ve allowed to slip through my fingers.
It’s true what they say: youth is wasted on the young.
If the option to go back was delivered to my doorstep, there is no doubt that the retreating journey would be quite interesting with today’s wisdom and knowledge in hand. Packing up all I’ve gleaned at God’s feet would make my twenties a very different place to live.
There were moments along the way where I lived paralyzed. By fear. With indecision. In seeking approval from other people. The ill pursuit of perfection, planted my feet rather than pushing me forward.
While I’d like to think that my lack of movement was my form of waiting for God’s direction, truthfully it wasn’t waiting—it was stalling.
The motion of time has taught me this: God meets us in our movement.
While there are often times in our lives when we have to be still and wait, there are also moments of seeming silence when God is simply asking us to move.
“And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:20-21 ESV (emphasis added)
God will match our forward motion with His direction. But first we have to move.
It can be so hard, can’t it? We worry over what’s up ahead. We wonder whether the path we travel truly merits our steps. We long for some sign to tell us that it’s safe to press on. Truth be told, we crave answers that fall from the sky.
But they don’t often come that way, do they?
I’m honored to be guest posting over at Jeanne Takenaka’s this week. She is a gifted writer and beautiful woman of God who has been a great encouragement to me as I’ve pursued my passion for words. I’d love for you to follow me over to her place, where faith and grace hold hands, to finish reading about a life lesson I’ve learned …
You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Kelly Balarie (#raralinkup), Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday), Bonnie Gray (#faithbarista), and Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory).
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