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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Feeling stuck is one of the sure signs that you’re not operating in your God-given purpose. And it feels great when you finally connect with God and He begins to guide you in all He’s calling you to do. But it’s not always smooth sailing from there. Our journey with Him comes in cycles, and sooner or later you may feel like you are stuck once again.
Your first instinct might be to assume that you’ve done something wrong. And maybe you have. When you’re stuck the first and best thing to do is to ask yourself, “Have I done the last thing the Lord asked me to do?” This is important because He won’t give us new instructions until we’ve carried out the ones He already gave us.
But it’s not always that you’ve done something wrong. Sometimes we’re in a waiting period and the Lord is training us for what is coming next. Let me use myself as an example. God has given me a blueprint and the first two steps are: blogger, then freelance writer. When He showed me those plans, I had already started this blog and at the end of 2020, I made the leap from software developer to full-time freelance writer. At this point, I’ve been writing in the tech niche for about 18 months.
But yet I feel stuck—stuck writing about tech, when I feel strongly that God is calling me to leave tech behind completely. Yet, I know it’s part of the plan because that’s what He told me. Writing about tech keeps me out of survival mode. It’s how my bills get paid, I know eventually, I’ll be able to move away from it completely. I have to remember that freelance technical content writer is not who I am, it’s just part of the journey to becoming who I was created to be.
So I wait and I trust Him. And as I wait for the next steps; the next set of instructions, I look for the message or the lessons He’s teaching me here this season. I keep my eyes on Him and allow Him to lead me because that keeps me from becoming frustrated and trying to fix things myself.
When you’re stuck it’s hard not to try to figure things out yourself. But just trust Him. If you’ve gone off course, ask Him to get you back on track and He will. He wants you to succeed more than you do. But if you’re sure you’re in the right place, just wait on Him. And while you wait, look for the message, look for the lessons, or even just seek to know Him more.
Prayer: Father, I’m eager to become all you’ve called me to be and it can be frustrating when I feel stuck. If there is something You’ve asked me to do that I haven’t done, please remind me of what it is and help me to develop the discipline to do it. If it’s just that you want me to sit here for a while with You, while I learn from You or simply enjoy your presence, help me to trust You and wait on you, knowing that Your timing is always perfect and You will always guide me in the right direction.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog