Happy Tuesday, to ya! I apologize for not having a post up last week for Twenty Tuesdays. I had a rough week last week and honestly, it slipped my mind completely. But I know you all are kind and gracious and will forgive me for this slip up, right? ;)
Today I have a fun #TwentyTuesdays post for you. It is written by a gal I met in Atlanta during a writer’s retreat wayyy back in 2014. We became instant friends the moment we both arrived hours early to the retreat and decided to explore downtown Atlanta together. Let me introduce you to this awesome writer-friend of mine, Tiffany Butts!
Generally, your twenties are a time of self-discovery and development. You’re learning who you are and what we want to achieve.
You are bombarded with decisions regarding our future – where to live, who to date/marry, how to manage finances, what career path to follow. This is an exciting decade, but it can also be an overwhelming one.
It’s easy to become consumed with moving on to the next big thing: getting the promotion, finally finding a spouse, the day you’ll have a booming bank account– that we risk missing out on what God is doing in us and for us in the present. We desire to press fast-forward because our current situation is less than our definition of wonderful.
If you’re currently feeling this way, I’m right there with you.
Yet, God’s made it clear to me that it’s not the right time. So I’m waiting (sometimes patiently and sometimes not so much) and praying.
Not too long ago the Holy Spirit reminded me that the present prepares us for our future. There are characteristics we need to develop, habits we must learn to break, and ever- increasing opportunities to go deeper in our relationship with Christ.
As difficult as it may be, our intention should be to seek after God’s will for the current season, and not just the next one.
Regardless of whether you’re tired of being single and battling loneliness, a recent grad that is unemployed and growing discouraged with each unanswered job application, in the aftermath of a painful break up, or in the midst of a health or financial crisis, I feel it’s crucial to seek to understand how God is using this time to shape you.
God may be:
– Stretching you beyond your comfort zone, wanting you to rely on His strength and not your own
– Removing idols that distract your heart from Him
– Creating in you a resilient spirit
– Developing your faith, integrity, or character
The only way to know is to seek Him in prayer and read His word.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
God directs our steps. Just as a lamp radiates light a short distance, God focuses on guiding us through what’s directly in front of us. We have to build strength and endurance to finish the race. There’s no short cut to finish line.
Looking back in my own life I see how God used past experiences to develop and prepare me for the jobs and relationships I have now. I’m stronger, wiser, and better able to handle situations that used to easily irritate me. I rely on God more than I use to because I’ve seen His love and kindness in my darkest hours.
Every experience (even the ones we are joyfully anticipating) brings its own set of challenges and frustrations. It’s not always comfortable, but I encourage you to allow God to develop you for what’s ahead instead of praying to rush into it.
His timing is not our desired timing; He’s working on a much bigger scale. Your “right now” may be painful, confusing, or frustrating from your perspective, but there’s always a bigger picture than we can see.
This is what God’s word says:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9
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
We may not have it all together or all figured it, but we know the One who does. We are young, free in Christ, and destined to do great things for His glory. Let’s embrace all God is doing and enjoy this time in our lives– there will never be another one like it.
Seek God in the current season, not just the next one. Wow. You know, it always amazes me how powerful words can be and how God will have us hear people’s stories at just the right time. Remember when I said last week was rough? Yeah. These words speak right to that and are just the words I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing, Tiffanie!
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Love you guys,