Everything is going well. Blessings are flowing; favor is evident; faith is increasing.... and then something happens to sit you down; to stop you in your tracks; to make you slow down. What just happened? There are times when GOD stops our busy routine, so that we do not miss our 'new thing,' Sometimes what GOD has for us is not visible from where we are standing; it is not within reach of our comfort zone... and it is not within the limits of our daily routine. Sometimes we need to sit in 'time-out.'
It is not a punishment; but a time of refreshing. It is not meant to make you uneasy or anxious. It is merely a time of repositioning: A time of revitalizing, renewing and restoring. This is a necessary time with GOD, where HE can remove us from the day to day routine; the continuing play-by-play motions of life. Sometimes we need to sit in 'time-out.'
God's instructions for our lives are very specific and timely. We cannot allow the noise and movement of life to keep us from hearing and understanding the next step. Sitting and listening is the one thing that JESUS said is needful. When Jesus went to the house of Mary and Martha, we are told that Martha went about serving and moving around, while Mary sat at the feet of JESUS. When Martha became upset and began to speak to JESUS about the inactivity of her sister Mary, Jesus said "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42
Don't despise your 'time-out.' GOD desires time with you, so that HE can lead you, and strengthen you. When it is time to 'sit down,' don't spend your time worried about why you are in a drought; spend the time seeking spiritual water. Sometimes you have to slow down, before you can move up. There is refreshing in your 'time-out!'
It took time for Noah to get the instructions for the construction of the ark. It took time for Moses to get the instructions for the pattern of the tabernacle. Too much movement; too much noise; too much routine, can cause us to become stagnant and complacent.
Everything was going great for Joseph (you know he was the favorite child and everything). But when it was preparation time, his first stop, was a 'pit stop.' It was dark, dry and lonely.... but it was the beginning of the preparation for the promotion. It's not forever, but it is for now!
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