Early on in ministry, a passion and a calling was ignited in my heart: I had heard the voice of God clearly, and I was determined to walk the path ahead of me. I had several people prophecy and pray over me, and I received God’s Word with the fullness of my heart. For a while, it seemed my steps were clearly ordered… one after another. Then all of the sudden, I entered the season of ‘waiting:’ That glorious quicksand that caused me to sink into a pool of my own self-doubt, God-doubt, and resentment toward His ‘perfect plan.’ I found myself stuck. I wasn’t in sin, I wasn’t rebelling, and I certainly wasn’t being lazy… the ‘promise’ and ‘finish-line’ were simply not where I had expected them to be. Of course, I didn’t expect the ‘promise’ of my calling to be brought to completion within the first year… that would be foolish! No, I expected that by the third or fourth year of me pursuing the heart of God and being obedient with my gifts, the natural plan God had for my life would be brought to completion. I expected to enter the ‘promised’ land with minor scrapes, bruises, and road delays: Oh, how simplistic I had made the mind of God, and how highly I thought of myself.
As I sit at my desk nearly 8 years after clearly hearing the call of God on my life, I reflect on all He has taught me:
For every time, there is a season.
There are sowing seasons, plowing seasons, harvest seasons, and waiting seasons.

In my relatively short time in ministry, I have encountered great triumph and great defeat. I have undergone seasons of painful transition, and seasons of wonderful harvest. There has been joy and there has been mourning. More than anything, though… there has been seasons of WAITING. Waiting on the voice of God, waiting on my own pride and sin to be dealt with, waiting on the willingness of others, waiting on finances. You name it, and I’ve had to wait for it. As a busybody, these seasons of ‘waiting’ are brutal: I feel stagnant and frustrated. I’m embarrassed to say that more often than not, rather than pressing IN to the voice of God in the midst of waiting, I have turned to my own intellect and resources in order to FORCE the next movement I believed should be at hand. As a worship leader, I have been guilty of fabricating a moment out of pride and missing a moment because I was too busy to stop and pray… always seeking the next best thing.
How I wish I could slow the chaos in my mind long enough to remind myself of the Truth in God’s Word:

…He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion…-Philippians 1:6
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD -Isaiah 55:8
Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.-2 Peter 3:9

God is good, and God does not lie: If He gave me a promise… He will fulfil it, in His time, in His way. It is not my job to question the intent of the Father. It is my job to fulfil the will of God. It is MY job as His child to be obedient, to be faithful, to be kind, pure, and full of the fruit of the Spirit. As believers, we are in a never-ending process of Sanctification. Until we meet our maker, our job on earth isn’t finished! There is not only ‘One’ promise that God has for your life… there are seasons, promises, a calling, a purpose and plan… and they never stop, because God never stops moving. He is not a ‘one-trick’ pony, and we are not ‘one-promise’ individuals. What is the will of God in your life? Love God, Love others, Love justice, pursue righteousness, be Holy, be like Christ. The will of God doesn’t change based on your circumstance. As long as we are walking in step with Him, He will be faithful to complete the work He has begun in us. He will be the lamp unto our feet, and the light unto our path.
For whatever season you are in, I encourage you ask the soul-searching question: Am I so intent on getting to the ‘finish-line’ that I am disqualifying myself for the race completely (Hebrews 12:1)? Am I so wrapped up in the ‘promise’ that I forget the ‘pursuit?’ As for me, I do not want to miss the hand of God in every unique season of my life… I know He will never leave me, or forsake me. He is faithful. He is good.
-Rachel Storment (Worship Pastor)

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.- Psalm 27:14

The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.- Psalm 145:15-16

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me.- Micah 7:7

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens- Ecclesiastes 3:1

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

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord- Lamentations 3:25-26

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD -Isaiah 55:8

*We encourage you to listen to this AMAZING song by Bethel Music, and Kristene DiMarco: “Take Courage” –Link is on our YouTube Page: Youtube.com/DestinyWorship

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