While cleaning out some old writing files the other day, I came across a post I thought was so great that it must have been written by someone else. There was no notation on it attributing it to anyone so I assumed I copied it from internet, forgetting to include the author info. Imagine my surprise when I did a keyword search of my writer friend’s files (covering years of her posts) and discovered not only did I write it, but she published it on her own website.
It really is a good read and a great lesson in trusting God with your life and with His perfect timing. Originally written in 2008, I share it now with you.
How I began to dread hearing that.
Every seven minutes, for 2.5 hours, while laying on an oh so hard table for two MRI’s in one day, I would first hear, “It’s your break,” meaning I could move, all too quickly followed by, “Don’t move now!”
You know the drill. You’re perfectly fine until those words are uttered. Then, all of a sudden, your nose itches, your leg twitches, or in the unlikely event you actually begin to fall asleep, your head does that big jerk thing—how in the world are you supposed to follow the instructions about not moving!
I actually thought I had it licked after the first hour and ten minutes. I’d made it through; I knew what to expect. Or did I?
The second time around everything was magnified.
The intervals seemed to come less often while the break time itself sped by. I didn’t dare sleep and I was about all prayed out, which is what I had done to pass the time during MRI #1.
Don’t move now! Don’t move now! DON’T MOVE NOW!
I realized it wasn’t the technician talking to me this time; it was God. And He wanted to talk to me about the times in my life when He’s also told me, “Don’t move now.”
God began reminding me of the times when I wondered why doors of opportunity weren’t opening for me. Turns out He was saying, “Don’t move now.”
God may urge us to stay put for many reasons—for our protection, because the timing of a new venture isn’t quite right, because there are still things to accomplish in our current situation, to give us rest, and so on.
And while we can indeed become restless, or bored, or itch for something new, if God is telling us, “Don’t move now,” then we need to tune our ears to hear and then obey.
The children of Israel learned this.
When they were running for their lives from Pharaoh and the rest of the Egyptians, God would clearly show them when and where to move. “By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take (Nehemiah 9:12, NIV).
I’m betting the “move” part was fairly easy to do since they were being chased. It’s often times the “waiting” that’s so difficult. But the Bible even talks about this in Philippians 4:12 (NIV) when Paul says: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.”
So next time you hear in your spirit the words, “Don’t move now,” take heart, dear one. God may be telling you to rest in Him. Know that He’s got a purpose, trust that He’s leading you, and continue doing what you’re currently doing until He tells you when it’s time to move on.
Pray With Me
Father, you are God and you are good. You are completely trustworthy and I can rest in You. Though I get anxious at times and find it hard to be still, I know You’ve got my life in Your Hands. So please help me to not move ahead of You. To be patient. To lean into You during the times you are telling me to be still. And to joyfully appreciate your continued protection and direction in my life.