Delays. Disruptions. I have had a very long season of them. Perhaps you can relate. You mentally get charged and motivated as you hear God confirm dreams. Then you write down goals and a plan of action, share them with loved ones, and embark on a new beginning. I have had my journey placed in several holding patterns with unexpected legal twists and turns, family health issues, changes in living arrangements, a dying parent, two floods in my house in one week, and now a fractured right foot. I have been ready to move forward since Spring of last year, and it feels as though I run a bit then get stuck in the mud. Well here I am caked and dirty with my foot propped up listening for my next assignment and asking what I need to learn in the thick of it.
One question that comes to mind when obstacles come, especially if they come in waves, is “God, did I hear you clearly or is this just my own plan?” Most people do not hear the audible voice of God, although anything is possible. God tends to reveal Himself by His Holy Spirit speaking into our hearts. We know it is Him speaking if what we hear does not contradict His Word. God would never oppose Himself. God is referred to as Jehovah Shalom-He is the God of Peace. When our dreams and plans are synchronized with His will and plan for us, we receive the peace that passes all understanding, regardless of any hiccups along the way. Delays and disruptions may not feel pleasurable when they occur, but peace will rule in our hearts as we trust God to use those delays and disruptions for our benefit.
It is not crucial for us to know whether God is putting a halt to our perceived progress. Nor do we need to know if it is the enemy thwarting our success. What is imperative is that we are confident that God is in control, and that we stay in communication with Him through prayer. It is also wise to enlist the prayers of others covering us with supernatural protection. If God chooses to stops us, He sees what we cannot and wants to protect us from anything that would harm us or be less than His best. If the enemy stops us, God allowed it for reasons unbeknownst to us, yet He can miraculously bring good out of it. Romans 8:28 ESV says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Speaking of miracles, I am believing for one myself. I believe that God has healed my foot in Jesus’ Name, and the manifestation of that healing will show on my X-ray next week. What a win that will be! God gets the glory whatever the outcome.
Rarely do we see moving forward and spiritual growth and maturity met without opposition. Satan will pull out old tricks and tactics he knows has worked on us before. He loves to keep us locked up. He wants us to quit and doubt ourselves. Jesus tells us that he who the Son has set free is free indeed. So even in a stagnant state with my mobility compromised, I am not captive, but capable of moving forward on a different level. The Israelites had the confirmation and peace that God had brought them to the Promised Land in Canaan to take possession of it. Their dream of living in the Land of Milk and Honey was God’s will for their lives. Did they just waltz in and set up shop? Not hardly. There were giants and hostile people living there that were not happy to comply with the new arrangement. God did not have Joshua lead them in all at once either. They conquered their enemies over a period of time. The Hebrew Nation may have wanted to move forward all at once, but God in His providence knew the best way to accomplish His will. Perhaps the people got frustrated with the delays, the setbacks, or the disruptions. When they decided to trust God and His timing, His plan came into fruition.
I have a dream. I have the peace of God that my dreams and His plans are in perfect harmony. Whether I have been knocked down and held up by a broken heart or a broken foot, it does not matter because I am moving forward by God’s grace and in His timing. Broke don’t matter. And neither does any other obstacle. Trust God to get you to your Promised Land. He is pleased with your faith in Him to complete what He has started in you.