When You Need Direction

Last night, I had midnight questions. You know, the nagging kind that race through your mind and chase away rest.

What next?

Do I give up or keep going?

Am I headed the right direction? And which way is that?

While I wrestled out some resolution, past experience has proven that at sun-up, it’s better to hold off on the midnight-fueled momentum that screamed QUIT. Midnight answers rarely sound as awesome at 7am.

Rather than run wild into emotion-induced, it-sounded-good-in-my-head decisions, I chose to slow down and with a clear-er head [and a bit of caffeine], bring those questions to God.

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God will make Himself known in the middle of the ordinary.

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Instead of googling “scripture when you need direction,” [I know you’ve done this] I simply opened my bible to the book of Hosea* that I’ve been “steadily studying” [a.k.a. it’s taken me 2-months to complete a 17-day study, but still.].

While God’s word is far from ordinary and His Spirit moves in ways I’d never describe as simple, I didn’t expect to find my word of direction here today. I stand corrected—and ever in awe.

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground, 
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hosea 10:12 ESV

Fallow: [fal-oh] plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period of time. Undeveloped or inactive, but potentially useful. Synonyms: uncultivated, unplanted, unsown, dormant, quiet, slack, slow, stagnant.

From the outside looking in, this verse is all tangled up in God’s endless plea to His chosen people to get with it—to remember, return, and be restored by His perfect love.

To my heart, this word of truth confirmed that God not only heard my midnight questions, but He has heard all the questions I’ve asked over the past few harrowing years, in which I most definitively felt “plowed” by people, places and things.

Quiet years that led me to seek safe corners to heal.

Inactive years that left me guarded in pursuing His purpose for me.

Dormant years that felt unsown, stagnant and slow, slow, slow.

Years that were at times SO hard, but resulted in SUCH necessary transformation, growth, and greater intimacy with Jesus that I wouldn’t trade them for anything. 

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This word nestled in the middle of chapter and verse was my directive from God to keep seeking His steadfast love. To keep sowing what is real and true, keep breaking through my fears and stepping off the sidelines because I. Am. Still. Useful.

Seek the Lord and He will come.

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Sweet friend…maybe you’re crying out for answers at midnight, at dawn, smack dab in the middle of the day, everyday. Maybe you wonder if God hears, if He has a word for you, if there is promise or direction in the harrowing trial before you. Maybe you feel useless, weary, or shelved.

Can I encourage you in this: seek the Lord and He will come. 

Here’s the thing: “The” answers didn’t unfurl from heaven today. I didn’t get a road map. There were no miracles happening in my living room. And you know what? That’s okay. Because with my bible in my lap and His word at my fingertips, God met me in the middle of His truth, and I am better for it. You will be too.

God met me in my seeking and He will you. He always does. He always will. It’s who He is…steady, constant, wise, and so, so willing.

If we WILL seek, He WILL answer. And so we should, don’t you think? 

By His steadfast love,

* If you’re looking for rooted in truth bible studies, check out She Reads Truth and the She Reads Truth app. I’ve found the study’s simple to complete on my awkward schedule, yet full of authentic encouragement and real-life application.

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Purposeful Faith (#RaRaLinkup)Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart)Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday) and 3dlessons4life (#thoughtprovokingthursday) .


50 thoughts on “When You Need Direction

  1. Love this Tiffany. “Because with my bible in my lap and His word at my fingertips, God met me in the middle of His truth, and I am better for it. You will be too.” Spot on, friend. Often what we need isn’t THE answer but God Himself. xoxo

  2. Reading this today as I seek Him and thankful for these encouraging words! I’m treasuring this verse with you, sister! And praising His faithfulness!! Hebrews 11:6 is a sweet reminder, “He is a rewarder of those who diligently SEEK Him.”
    Blessings to you friend🌸

  3. Wow, this really spoke to me! Hosea is one of my favorite books (I’m actually working on a novel loosely based around it) and I love that you went to it for encouragement. I also love how you talked about the importance of seeking God. So often times, I start over analyzing things and trying to figure them out on my own instead of really seeking God’s face. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  4. It’s so good to remember that God is with me all the time – not just in the miracles and the blessings but the restless nights and every day. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Several years ago, I discovered Jeremiah 29:13. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
    I was fascinated by the “all your heart” part. I try to seek after God with everything in me and in all parts of my life.

  6. This is so encouraging, Tiffany. I love that Hosea verse. Came across it two years ago and I go back to it from time to time. Thanks for your insight on persevering and for your encouragement to SEEK. (I’m smiling because I don’t ask too many questions at midnight. Mine come at 4 or 5 in the morning, when I wake up early after a restless night.:) )

  7. Thank you for sharing the struggle of persevering in times when we honestly want to give up and just take the easy road. I appreciate your encouragement. God’s word is faithful! Visiting from #coffeeforyourheart

    1. Easy can be so tempting, but oh what growth comes from that persistence and perseverance, even though they are sometimes REALLY hard. Blessings, Angela. Thanks for visiting. Hope you’re continuing to heal, friend.

  8. This, Tiffany: “I. Am. Still. Useful.” So much of what you’ve written here resonates deeply with me (including the night-time wakefulness bit–groan!), and it all coalesces around those first four words. As long as we’re here, as long as we’re breathing, God has a purpose for each one of us. Those years may have seemed quiet, inactive, dormant, even harrowing–for you and me both–but from God’s perspective, they were intentional, purposeful and preparatory. For what? Yeah, that’s the big question, but as you say, “if we will seek, He will come.” I love your words, my friend. Thank you for this beautiful encouragement!

    1. That seals it…we need to have coffee…like seriously! :) Amen to all you said – intentional, purposeful and preparatory. Now, those are often much easier to embrace in hindsight, but indeed they strengthen us to endure the next season and remind us of His faithfulness again and again. I don’t know for what either – but I know that His purpose is golden. BIG hugs, Lois.

  9. Tiffany, such a beautiful post! Yes, I’ve had those midnight questions burrowing holes into my sleep. I’m thankful that all we need to do is seek Him. I love that verse in Hosea. I’m thankful that we can seek Jesus in all our imperfection, and He will meet us and answer us.

  10. I love this, Tiffany. I can so identify with those years of healing and transformation. Painful, but bringing us into a deeper relationship with Jesus. This really encourages my fainting heart – “To keep sowing what is real and true, keep breaking through my fears and stepping off the sidelines because I. Am. Still. Useful.” You truly are useful in God’s hands, Tiffany. There have been so many times when God blessed me with your posts. And I have your card with the bird in front of me at the computer, often reminding me that with God all things are possible. I have to turn it over sometimes, too, and read the hope-filled messages on the back. Blessings and hugs to you!

  11. It’s a lot easier to lose sight of our purpose than it is to soldier through seasons of doubt and fear. I appreciate your words here, today.
    Happy Wednesday!

    1. Such truth, Megs – I think the enemy just loves us to sidle up to easy and convenient, because it keeps us away from Gods truth, which often, is anything but. Oh, but what growth comes in pressing through. Blessings, friend.

  12. Amen. I have learned too many times to count that when we walk with God in the ordinary and slow and turn to Him in His Word, He always shows up because He is always there. His Word IS living and active. His answers are timely, even if they aren’t what we want. God is in our ordinary, in our fallow, and in our plowing seasons. So grateful He answered you that night. Thanks for sharing and encouraging- we can never be reminded of this enough!!

  13. Hi Tiffany,
    I loved these words today and the truth you’re highlighting. I often find that answers don’t come immediately to my questions, but much later if I’m still looking for them, they are evident. I’m finding that God does not show us the way on our demands (or requests) but if we’re still listening, they are there to be found. Beautiful words, as always, my friend! xo

    1. It’s beautiful the way God teaches us patience in the seeking. Those answers can take a long time to come – years even – but there are incredible things to learn along the way – about Him, about ourselves, about what we mean to Him. He is gracious and sweet in the waiting. Hugs, friend – always love to hear from you.

  14. I so affirm this, Tiffany! God meets us in our small, consistent obedience of opening His Word every morning to see what He has to say to us. A thousand times, yes. Do you not just fall in love all over again with our good God? <3

    P.S. Those midnight wrestlings really are the worst!

    1. Absolutely. It’s that sweet intimacy of knowing that while His word is deep and wide, it’s also just for us. He is ever present and so faithful. And yup…I’m taking sleeping pills just in case. ;)

  15. I love when He meets us right there on the bedroom floor (or wherever we are with our Bibles, notebooks and thoughts…) ~ He is so good and faithful to help us. My favorite verse is Hosea 6:3 3 “Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him, and he will respond to us as surely as the coming of dawn or the rain of early spring.’” and skip down a bit it says: “I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.” I am learning more about reading the Bible in context but I can’t help it, they just jump out at me everytime. xoxoxo

    1. I love those verses too, Meg!! In fact, the second is a lock screen on my phone. I’ve been so blessed in Hosea. Convicted and disciplined, but so blessed by God’s faithfulness to chase after us while we are so forgetful. Context yes, but sometimes those words just jump off the page and I just know God needs me to hear them right where I’m at! Thanks for joining the conversation…and did the FB share too!

    1. Waiting is hard. Patience is hard. Together – HARD. But God…indeed He is always working in our waiting and His plans unfold with perfect timing. Thank you for joining the conversation today, Sarah.

  16. Your words are always timely for where I’m at that day … or what I’m feeling. Thank you so much for sharing yourself and being authentic!

  17. You are so useful and have so much to offer! Don’t ever buy in to the lie of the devil (you’re not worthy) because he wants to keep you sidelined. So thankful that the Lord continues to meet you and challenge you to keep seeking! Love you dear friend.

  18. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. James 4:8a
    Love it. It’s so true, the wilderness times are incredibly hard, but God does some awesome things in us in that time, and often it’s necessary and sometimes like the Israelites wondered for 40 years out of fear, we can even cause the wilderness season… love that verse from Hosea. Thanks for posting this good word!

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