Certainly the physical exhaustion is present but it is more so the emotional, mental and spiritual exhaustion from climbing the stairs and not seeing the promise…when will it come?
You are forty-five and still single. Apparently Prince Charming fell off his white horse and forgot to ask for directions for the way back.
You have invested ten years into a company that assured you of a certain position at eight. They say keep holding on but you would rather just hang it up.
You have changed your diet and maintained your workout regimen and while you have made some progress, you are not nearly where you want to be. How come your friend reached her goal already?
Isn’t it hard sometimes, to believe what we can not see? Not during the moments when we are feeling inspired but the other ones. The ones that take place before we go to sleep at night or while we are scrolling through Instagram and our mind will not seem to arrest itself, even for a moment.
The truth is–everything and everyone has a process, right? Some are longer than others. Some are shorter. Some are more intense, requiring a little more fire and a little more pressure. Some are more gentle, needing more care and more grace and more tenderness.
When the process is familiar, it’s easier.
When we have been an assured “where” and “when” we will reach the top of the staircase, it feels more tangible.
When the light at the end of the tunnel seems within our abilities, the steps seem easier to take.
But what about when it’s not? Because the truth is, we all are on this staircase of the unknown, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Our promised “security” in what’s ahead can be ripped from our hands in a moments notice.
We can not base our energy level or our desire to keep going on the notion that the promise will come in our hopeful timing; such shallow foundations will be sure to crumble and leave us disappointed, frustrated and discouraged. But if we place our faith and our trust and our timeline in His hands? The journey will be one of growth, communication with our Jesus, a deeper understanding of His love, trust in His timing and ACTIVE FAITH.
Galations 6:9 tells us, “Let us not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”.
Do not grow weary, traveler! Step by step, you will get there. The harvest is His promise and He is a promise-keeper. That mountain top is coming but in the meantime? SEE and BE and TRUST this step, this view, this preparation, this season…okay?
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9