Do you ever feel like you aren’t going anywhere? Like you are stuck in a long line of traffic with no hope of going anywhere.
As my family was traveling back home from vacation we found ourselves stuck behind this truck for what seemed like forever. Sure we were able to talk and spend time listening to the movie the boys had playing in the back seat, but we were stuck. We weren’t going anywhere. There were cars as far as we could see in front of us and as far as we could see behind us. Did I say that we were stuck?
Far too often in life we find ourselves in situations where we feel stuck. We feel stuck in our job or career path. We feel stuck in an unhealthy relationship. We feel stuck the place we are financially. When we find ourselves in these situations, we often feel hopeless. We feel like this is where we are and nothing will ever change.
I want to let you know today that the feeling of being stuck is a BIG FAT LIE! The enemy uses it against you to defeat you and to get your eyes of the mission that God has sent you into the world to do. The reason is that if the enemy (AKA – the devil) can get you focused solely on your problems and your situation, you will not be of any use to God and His Kingdom.
So, I want to share with you a simple truth about being stuck – You aren’t stuck. If you are having to be still in the same situation it is simply because God is using this moment to equip you for the next season of ministry that He has for you.
One of the greatest examples of this is found in Acts chapter one. Prior to this Jesus had been crucified and the disciples were forced to go on the lamb, because they thought that they would be next. Jesus is then raised from the dead, spends a little more time with his disciples and finally ascends into heaven. Right before he ascends into heaven he says this to His disciples in Acts 1:4-5, “And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Did you catch that? Jesus told his disciples to wait. They were essentially stuck in the very city where Jesus had been crucified not too long ago and they were told to wait. However, their waiting had a purpose. They were to wait to receive the Holy Spirit. When they received the Holy Spirit, they would be able to preach, heal and share the Gospel like never before. All they had to do was wait.
Do you feel stuck today? If so, know that there is reason God has you waiting. A reason that will help you do ministry in the next season of your life. So, enjoy the wait. The best is yet to come.