The other day, a couple hours after I wrote A Breakthrough is COMING, I was watching my four year old and two year old play hide-and-seek together. I noticed how well my four year old had become at finding hiding places, and the hilarious and obvious spots my two year old chose to hide. But something caught my attention as I watched them over and over again.
My four year old is great at hiding now, but he has lost his patience for waiting to be found. After too long, he jumps out and proclaims, "Here I am." However, my two year old in his not so great hiding spots of tree hugging, or climbing on top of a laundry basket, or laying on a dining room chair, has so much patience while waiting to be found. I think because he chooses such terrible places to hide, it works in his favor. Our eyes search for places we think someone would hide, not places we think no one would hide.
My two year old can wait forever to be found, and because he has patience and is obedient to the game rules he wins every time. I wrote about this the other day, and I will say it again. Sometimes leading a church can be more about obedience to Christ, and patience to wait on the Lord in each season we walk through. Like my two year old, we don't have to be that great at what we are doing, but if we trust in Jesus and be faithful where we are, God will meet us there.
So many of us get overcome by our expectations we have over the years of leading churches, of what the church should look like, and where we want it to be. We dream about how many will coming, or what the finances will look like. But, God in His still small whisper is probably desiring us to embrace the season we are in, trust Him, and be faithful where we are. Stop worrying about when the breakthrough is coming, and love and enjoy the season God has us in today.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor