The past few weeks have been eventful. Firstly, I took some much needed time to visit my sister in another city, which made me realize how badly I need a holiday. Secondly, I have been working on my business registration and it has been a learning process for me. Let me just say that I am glad I took this step even though it felt overwhelming in the beginning. Finally, I have been working on sharing my book with the world. I did some testing with a few family and friends and I'm finally ready to launch and share with everyone. Hopefully, I will write about these in the coming weeks.
It's been a little over three years since I left paid employment and decided to seek God to pursue the path He has for me. A few weeks ago, I was starting to feel that progress was slow, even though I have had a lot happen to and for me in the past few years. In hindsight, it feels more like I have been in training and transition. During this time, a story from the Bible kept hovering over my mind until one day, I decided to sit with it and find out what God was saying to me. It was the story of the Israelites, when they finally left Egypt after many years as slaves. This is what God said to me through this story:
17It so happened that after Pharaoh released the people, God didn’t lead them by the road through the land of the Philistines, which was the shortest route, for God thought, “If the people encounter war, they’ll change their minds and go back to Egypt.”
18So God led the people on the wilderness road, looping around to the Red Sea. The Israelites left Egypt in military formation. (Exodus 13:17-18 The Message Bible)
When I read this, I realized that God was telling me to trust Him. And to trust the process.
The past three years have felt like a wilderness experience for me. But God has used it to work on my skills, build my confidence, get clarity, make mistakes and learn from them and also to work on my mindset.
God working on my mind was huge for me last year. I will talk about it in another post.
There is a lot that God has planned for us, but with the wrong mindset, we will not be able to access those things or even know what He wants for us. He stated it clearly in His word:
2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
I can definitely say that I am a new person because God worked on my mind (and is still working on my mind). My response to the process now is way better than what it would have been in the past. And to me, that's progress!!
Are you in a waiting season, wilderness period, or feeling like you are being delayed? Go back to God and ask Him to give you new eyes and a new perspective. Submit yourself to Him and His process -- be open and honest and ask Him for help; and make sure you do all that He asks you to do -- And watch the amazing things God will start to do with your life!