When You Run Ahead of God

Just be a girl. God wrote the words over my heart.

After a season of struggle and difficulty, heartbreak and confusion, those words should have sounded like an invitation to freedom and rest. But for a “girl” who was used to doing, and going, and being so much more than “just” it felt like I was being placed on a shelf to collect dust.

God had called me out of ministry, out of labor and the business of caring for others. When my natural inclination might have been to search for a need to fill or a job to sink myself into, God said, just be.

It’s a humbling moment when the Creator of the universe gives you direction to simply stop.

I’ll be the first to admit that change isn’t easy. When, like me, you crave routine and detailed order, change feels a whole lot like the deep and wide unknown. But only to us.

“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing,
but someday you will.’”
John 13:7 NLT

God sees, and He knows exactly when to cast light into the deep unknown and bring certainty out of the shadows.

So I waited…watched…listened…worshipped…communed…healed…stood still.

And then I was done.


What came next wasn’t what I expected, but exactly what was needed.

I’m happy to be sharing this story over at my dear friend, Abby McDonald’s place, as part of her Anchored Souls series. Follow me on over to read the rest.


You can also find these words linked up at 3dlessons4life (#thoughtprovokingthursday)  and Heart Encouragement Thursday.

9 thoughts on “When You Run Ahead of God

  1. I love this! God is always reminding me that His timing is perfect and we can’t rush things, just need to be patient and know that He knows what He’s doing. Thanks for this. It was a great reminder for me that I can’t rush the things in my life :)

  2. “Just be.” The thought behind these seemingly simple words must be so very important to Him for He appears to be uttering them so often to so many! Thank you, Tiffany, for this beautiful reminder.

    1. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? That God cares so deeply for us that He ushers us into that simplicity in the middle of this crazy world and our often crazy lives. I’d do well to heed those words more often, and I’m so grateful He speaks them over me. Blessings, Deborah. Thank you for being here.

  3. Beautiful, Tiffany! In seasons, I’ve felt God calling me to make a change, but I’m so afraid I’m going to miss something. I’ve had to learn to trust God and believe He wants the best for my life. When I’m called to stop, I know He is not done with me. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. So true, Mandy – so often we simply have to believe – that He is good, that His plans for us are better, and that even thought the road ahead is uncertain those two things NEVER change. Thanks for joining in the conversation, friend.

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