Some of the most difficult and confusing days to live as individuals are the ones where we believe that we’ve finished living out our purpose; that the best we have to offer has already been given, or that we haven’t even been allowed the chance to do so, but our lives have already been cut short. Typically, people who fit into this category include: those living with a terminal illness, those who’ve had their dreams or desired career prematurely cut short through a painful and catastrophic event, the old and retired…the list could go on. In this new place, you may feel useless and wander into a state of despair and depression, even pondering on why God has kept you alive past the days where you “mattered” to the world.
Let me say this: whether you believe it or not, your best days are ahead of you if you let God lead you on this new path. There’s a season for everything under the sun. There’s a season for your glory days and to build, and there’s a season to step back, step down, and leave in the faithful hands of God all the work that you’ve accomplished so far, whether great or seemingly small. Perhaps, one of the gifts that God wants to give you is the rare privilege of watching from a distance what you’ve planted take root and grow to a height greater than what you imagined possible. You get to watch from a unique perspective the miracle that God birthed through you effect positive change in the world and bless others, and also offer wisdom to as many who need it! You get to watch your miracle (could be your children, business, invention/innovation, foundation etc.) bring forth other miracles and other good things that will inspire love, hope and faith in God’s Kingdom and beyond. This is a glimpse that not everyone enjoys on this side of heaven, but you’ve been chosen to.
This is also the time to be still before God. Now that the noisy days are over (or paused for a time), God wants to grow you and invite you into a deeper relationship with Him in the quiet days to come. It is interesting to witness in the midst of quiet the power of God’s love and grace work in us to degrees we never thought possible. While you may feel powerless because your new circumstance limits you in many ways and offers you little to no options, in this new place, you are set free to a greater dimension where you will learn to hear God more clearly, trust Him more deeply, and become more attuned to His Spirit as you make the intentional decision to draw closer to Him. The worst thing you can do is to ruin this period of quiet with impatience, while wishing to become actively “important” again. You’ve been invited to serve God behind closed doors and more humbly than you’re used to, and while it may be mostly silent and in secret (because it could be as simple as a praying/meditative life), it is just as powerful as any other kind of service.
Remember, also, that God’s ultimate aim on this side of heaven is to work on His children until we resemble Jesus wholly, a work He finishes when He finally brings us home; some of the greatest works that God accomplishes in us is done in the period of quiet, where He builds our character and confidence in Him and in Him alone. You are first of all, a child of God—that is your identity. Everything that you do and all that you become on earth within His will is drawn from that center. Your purpose, which helps build the kingdom of God and mature the Church, the body of Christ, essentially leads each and every one of His children to become more like Jesus. This includes your glory days as well as your quiet ones; so stepping down from the former into the latter still leaves you within the frame of God’s plan. It’s not about us. It’s about Jesus.
In this moment of stillness, allow God build your character and teach you humility, meekness, and honor to degrees that you never believed possible, so that you can enjoy a rare sweetness of relationship with God and go to higher places with Him: taste depths of understanding so deep that they will teach you to pray and commune with God in ways that will not only enrich your soul, but will bless others too; receive revelations of God so beautiful to behold that will make you long for the day you will meet Him face to face as you realize the nothingness of this world. This, in truth, is the reason for being—to know and love your God, and serve Him wholeheartedly and absolutely without distraction. In this moment of quiet, accept new found hope, peace, joy, comfort, and a deeper faith in your God. To be granted temporary quiet before we meet Him face to face truly speaks of days that produce the best in us! All you have to do is let go of the past and open your heart to what God has in store for you in the present, and then, you will indeed see that your best days are truly ahead of you. God bless!
About The Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.
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