Glenn and I are in a season of God’s “suddenlies”. God is accelerating the process of growth and forward movement in a multitude of areas – our character, our giftings, understanding our purpose, the church we’re working with, our marriage and family, new ministries, deep friendships . . . But in all of this I’m learning that it is in going slowly that I enable the Spirit to move quickly.
So often I catch a glimpse of God’s direction and try to run with it myself. God has spent the last ~ 5 years teaching me to wait on Him and trust in His provision. I began to see this when working and running a ministry at the same time, and then leading two ministries simultaneously. It has become even more important this last season having become a mother. We can do great things for God out of our own effort but the Spirit can do greater things when we live in a place of resting in God.
This post from a few years back comes to mind: a living conduit
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
That’s not to say there isn’t hard work in the “rest”, but we will not be tired out, nor will we hinder the Spirit. There is an energising that takes place when we work with the Spirit.
I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. (2 Corinthians 7:4-7)