I love to water ski. Gliding across the water gives me a sense of adventurous freedom.
Of course gliding only happens after mastering standing up, which is the most challenging part. But my Dad taught us kids a cool trick.
If we timed it right, we could step off the dock with our ski and presto—sail across the water atop our slalom ski. By holding a body’s length of rope in the left hand while holding the ski handle in the right, we’d wait. . . .
As the rope straightened between us and the boat, we stepped.
Of course the following usually occurred when stepping too soon: We dipped under the surface before flying over the ski; or the ski handle jerked out of our grasp; or both.
When we stepped too late, we jerked forward landing face first.
Thankfully, God—who marks the seasons—knows when we’re ready for the next step in our life journey.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Maybe you have availed yourself to God and are waiting for His direction. It takes courage, surrender, patient trust, and determination to step out in faith to follow Jesus to unknown places.
Maybe God has birthed dreams and desires in your heart, but your God sized dream sits dusty and defeated on the shelf.
If you are struggling and feel stuck, don’t give up. Keep seeking God. Be faithful in the daily responsibilities where God has planted you. Our sovereign God has a reason for our waiting seasons. Being loving and protective, He doesn’t want to send us into His service unprepared. He knows what we need and is intimately engaged with us in every step of our journey.
Just as God has marked the physical seasons, he also has marked our personal seasons.
All the days ordained for me were written in your [God’s] book before one of them came to be.” – Psalm 139:16
God’s timing often differs from ours (Isaiah 55:9). In my post, My Lifeboat, I share how I struggled through a waiting season during my college days. A more recent trial and waiting period is shared in Humpty, Hubby and Me.
When our God inspired dreams appear like a mirage and Satan flaunts our flaws, it’s the perfect time to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
It’s also a good time to ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). He wants us to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). He can handle all our frustrations and disappointments.
The great “I Am” intervenes in His perfect timing.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.” – Isaiah 64:4-5
When God says “go,” let’s step with Him. The water may be choppy at times, but He will enable us to cross the waves. He will be our shield and rampart (Psalm 91:4).
*Check out Justin Ng’s Timelapse of Mount Bromo in Indonesia that he filmed over a period of 10 days—an awesome reminder of God’s power and creativity. (Hint: if the video loads slowly, you can click the blue HD and bars at the lower right.)
great post and photo. very well written.
Thank you, Bryan.
So good KD! And somehow I had missed the earlier post on depression. I remember those days well and rejoice in God’s healing touch on your life. Keep pressing onward, you are doing a good job. Love you!
Thanks Joy. . . . Although that was a difficult time, I know God used it to teach me dependence upon Him and the meaning of His name, “I Am.” I’m thankful for that. . . . We had a great time at your place a couple weeks ago. So fun to see Grandma and David’s family. Love you too!