I’m going to share with you one of my greatest struggles during the storm, and even today.

When the storm arrived, I ran full steam ahead to face it just as David ran toward Goliath but entering the battle with no weapon, armor, or battle plan. I was impatient, desperate, and unable to find any peace in being patiently still.

  Today, I am the same way. I squirm under the pressure of doing nothing, not realizing that doing nothing is often the most significant “something” one can do!

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  Lamentations 3:25 Berean Study Bible,

It’s in the “doing nothing” that God comes and brings the blueprints, the vision, HIS vision, the battle plans, and the generals to lead and walk alongside you.

It’s in the “doing nothing” that the chains and dependency of NEEDING to control break!

“A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge enhances his strength. Only with sound guidance should you wage war, and victory lies in a multitude of counselors.”  Proverbs 24:6 BSB

Many times we are asked to build the “Ark,” and we jump straight into doing it, not willing to wait on God to give us His instructions. Sometimes He will be quiet and not share anything for a while. We allow it to make us unsettled as we believe we are “doing nothing.” That crazy “must do something” makes us start to build. And then, when our “Ark” appears, the animals jump ship, the storm comes, and it sinks, while we wonder what happened.

I am finally getting it. That place of waiting is the most central place to be. Yes, for someone like me, it’s the most annoying and uncomfortable place, because it’s the place where I’m forced to wait on Him to speak. Forced to turn over my “need to know all the details.”

I misinterpret His quietness all the time. It causes me to doubt I ever heard Him or makes me wonder if God changed His mind because I’m not getting it right and making too many mistakes. His quietness sometimes causes my confidence in myself to take a beating, instead of forcing me to trust and have more faith.  I prefer building or doing something to patiently walking in the garden with Him.

But it’s worth it! It’s where the unsinkable blueprints are given, where the depths and dimensions that are meant to support the vision will emerge; built to carry the promise, withstand the storm, and guarantee your arrival to God’s destination!

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

God’s heart and goodness are revealed in that time of waiting. And your heart motives and intentions will either align or succumb. It’s the drawing board where you learn and grow and come to discover God as the Master and you as His servant.

Don’t despise being still. Learn to wait for Him to speak and reveal the plan. Waiting on God is the absolute most vital lesson to learn to avoid a lot of mistakes, delays, and frustration.

There are real power and fruitful strategy that come when you are willing to deny striving and trying to control and force things to happen.

All worthwhile things demand our patience and trust in our Lord!

   “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.”  Psalm 27:13-14 NAS

Standing with you,
Sheila Hollinger