Chained by a Season of Stillness
Every mom has heard it; maybe during a long car ride or perhaps in the middle of the summer. What is it? Two dreaded words, “I’m bored!”
Growing up, my mother had a very creative way of handling this. She’d give me a chore to do. It wasn’t fun, but it did put an end to my boredom. You’d think I would have caught on to her scheme, but the truth was… I would rather be busy than bored.
I wish I could say I’ve grown past the need to be doing something all the time, but I haven’t. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a hard time sitting still. I love to be busy, I love a new project, and I love change. The only difference in me today is that when I’m faced with a season of stillness I don’t cry out to my mom anymore, instead I cry out to God, “I’m bored!”
At my age I should enjoy seasons of stillness, but the truth is I find them stifling. I’d much rather be chasing my dreams and discovering the next assignment God has for me.
So, what do you do when you find yourself bored with your circumstances, chained by God to a season of stillness?
Did my Mom have the right idea? Is it possible that God would confine us to seasons of stillness hoping we’ll look up and say, “I’m Bored.” Could He be waiting to show us something in our current circumstances that would not only occupy our time, but also fulfill us?
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5
The longer I walk the Christian journey the more I realize that God has a plan, and it’s not mine. Sometimes He hems me in and constrains me for a season and sometimes He blows open doors of change that I didn’t even think possible. My job is to be content in whichever season He has me, and to constantly listen for His direction in that season.
How about you? Have you ever found yourself hemmed in and bored? Have your best efforts to move on to the next thing been stifled by God and you feel chained to a season of stillness? Like me, have you looked at these seasons with disdain instead of seeing them as an opportunity?
Below are 3 things I have learned while chained to seasons of stillness:
- Waiting periods develop us for our next season. Moses needed forty years on the back side of the desert, Joseph needed time in prison and David needed time in a cave.
- He’s looking for the right attitude, not the right action. In times of desperation we often think if we just make the right move everything will work out. God says if you have the right attitude, things will be right regardless of your circumstances.
- Sometimes He just wants us to be still and know that He is God. Enough said!
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