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When A Period's Just A Pause
by Shakera Reid-Stewart
11/19/2008 / Christian Living
If nothing else, I can say that life stays interesting. I find myself reflecting on my own interesting life this morning and realize how truly blessed I am to have God as the author and finisher of my faith and fate. Isn't it funny that we keep on forgetting that our agenda is not always necessarily lined up with God's?
I remember a time in my life that I could liken myself to the rich ruler in the Bible. Even though he wanted to be in compliance with God's will, he loved something of this world so much that when God spoke and directed, he ended up turning away. For a lot of us, Christian and non Christian alike, there's that one thing, that one person that we love who God says, "NO!" I remember that God had to keep on nudging until I had no choice but to let go.
Then there was my Jonah period of life. When God says yes, and we say no it's often quite an interesting struggle. After many years of doing what I thought God wanted me to be doing, He let me know that the period that He had placed in that portion of my life was just a pause. Pride coupled with hurt and the fact that God had put me on a different path made it difficult for me to understand and accept that He wanted me to go back. I'm sure many of you can relate to the experience of praying for an answer and then questioning whether God heard you correctly when the answer comes. Well, if you're like me, you look the other way, and keep praying for God to hurry up and answer the question. You see we often make requests of God and if we don't like the package or form that it comes in, we sidestep it and look the other way. God wasn't having that. At the appropriate time, He let me know in no uncertain terms what I needed to do. Sure, I ran the other way and sat in the belly of the whale for a while so that I was forced to think it through until I saw it His way, but I eventually got it.
Now I'm pretty sure that I'm in my Ruth period of life. I'm reaping the benefits of being obedient and loving it. God knew that I wanted Him to be in control, but he knew that stubbornness, pride and control could hinder me from letting Him guide me. These are my vices. So, in a way, He broke me for my own good. At the end of the day, it's not about what I want, but it's about what God knows is right for me at that time.
To sum it all up, there are times when we need to let go of the things that we want because it may not be right for us or it may not be the season in which God intends us to have it. If we let go and let God sooner than later, then we won't block our blessings and face as many trials. Some of the things and people that we encounter are for a reason and some will be there for a particular season, but God decides that. If we put our focus on Him and let Him lead then we will be granted the desires of hearts (as long as they are in our best interest).
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Shakera Reid was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miramar, Florida. Her passion in life is counseling and educating youth. Hobbies include reading, writing and watching movies. Her hope is to encourage others through her writing and to help them in their Christian walk.
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