Hitchhiker-a means of transportation that is gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride
Lately, I've felt like a hitchhiker.
At this stage of my life, I have a clear picture of what God's calling me to and am aware of what He is leading me out of. I know very well that I'm not who I used to be and have a laser focus on who I should be. I know the direction and yet I have no idea exactly how I will reach the destination.
I'm trapped in the middle of my former self and my future self. Patiently waiting, to take off towards God's calling for my life.
Just like the hitchhiker, as I see the other cars zooming by, I secretly pray someone would pick me up to help me get to the destination. Yet, I am reminded with each passing car, the time is not quite yet.
Have you ever felt like a hitchhiker?
Have you ever felt like this was your time of waiting and resting? A time of awaiting the promises of God to unfold.
As I've wrestled with this uneasiness and flustered patience over the last few months, I've had time to reflect on the many people that God spoke to years before they saw the manifestation.
Joseph awaited his dream of being elevated
The Israelites awaited the promised land.
Abraham awaited his son.
David awaited his call to kingship.
Each individual had to make a choice in the midst of the wait. They had to choose to trust God and be content or to come up with an idea to rush the process. In my life, I tend to teeter between the two. I have admittedly moved too fast at times and tried to make it happen, and asked God for permission later. However, all the while, God is sending all the signals to slowwwww dowwwwnnnn!
The truth is many of us try to be a step ahead of God. We know the final destination and want to help him out a tad when He's taking longer than expected. We allow fear and doubt to creep in and imagine that we will be "stuck on the side of the road" if we do not take action. All the while, God is awaiting the perfect timing to ignite you into your purpose.
It is in the midst of waiting, that we learn to hear His voice clearly.
What then, are we to do while we are awaiting our business, our healing, the relationships to be restored, or the promised child? We must pray and remain immovable, trusting that if God says it, IT WILL COME TO PASS.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20
It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:11
This means that EVERYTHING God speaks has the ability to come into fruition. Quite frankly, God does not lie. Therefore, if He has said it, it is so. We must reach a point where we can trust God, even if it the circumstances appear to not quite be adding up. After all, Joseph found himself in a pit and a prison, before his dream would come become reality. It is believed that David waited 15 years before he would be crowned king.
A delayed promise is not a denied one.
It is my belief that in the waiting season we grow in maturity. We stop becoming so focused on "just achieving the dream." Instead, we place our eyes on the Dream Giver! I believe that the Lord allows the waiting or we would become prideful thinking that we did it all on our own. Instead, He wants us to be fully aware that He has us right where He wants us.
We are NOT stranded hitchhikers but travelers being prepared for the journey.
I challenge you to not to give up on your promise from God. Stand strong in God's words over your life. Let not the enemy allow you to think that God has changed His mind about you. Use this time of waiting to grow closer to God. When we take a moment to pause, we will find that He is speaking! I've come to find peace in knowing that His promises are still true for my life. Even if, I don't see them quite yet. I have made the choice to not see myself as a hitchhiker who's desperately waiting. Instead, I recognize FULLY that if God is saying "not yet", it is because He is creating a plan that is far better than what I could I have ever imagined. Standing firm in God's promises is a true victory! It is my prayer that you are patient in the wait and hopeful for the promise.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:6-7