Isn’t it surprising the number of times that we hold on, hold back, and fight against taking a step only to find that when we move forward despite our perceived obstacle, it all works out?
Surprising, because we often repeat the same process. Granted, a degree of deliberation and careful consideration is healthy and to be had, especially when making huge decisions, but if the stepping out has anything to do with fear, worry or doubt – kill it and move forward.
When you move, more will come
One of the most profound things about God’s Kingdom to me is its rest. In Luke 13:18-20 we read:
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.” (NIV)
In both examples, we see the miracle of growth without effort. Rest. I don’t mean to say we don’t have a role to play; we do, but it is not our actions that cause the actual growth.
We can’t make a seed grow
Growth occurs after we act, but is not caused by it. We dig the hole. We put the seed in the ground, and we water it. That’s all we do. We don’t make the seed grow. If we could we would determine how much it grew. A farmer would never say, “It was a bad year” or “It was good year”. He would ensure he always reaped a hundredfold. But he doesn’t. He can’t. That power lies outside of our jurisdiction. We can do things to increase the possibility of it happening and to increase the potential of its success but we cannot actually make a seed grow.
I like the King James Version of verse 19 because it illustrates this rest effectively when it says: ‘It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden…”
The man didn’t even plant the seed. He tossed it into the garden and it still grew.
Whatever God has for you will happen for you. Mark His word. This is faith. And in rest there is trust, release and giving up to God’s far greater insight and providence than we could ever hope to imagine.
Once I said to God, “I don’t understand,” to which He replied, “You aren’t meant to. Didn’t I tell you not to lean on your own understanding?”
Duh! (Sorry, that’s my bit.)
The route is rest
Our search for wanting to know it all, for wanting all in place before we move, is not compatible with a Kingdom-focused faith. Go with the little you have. It is sufficient. When you move more will come – the more you need to make the next step and the steps thereafter.
The route is rest, as missionary pioneer J Hudson discovered at a time when he was working and worrying so frantically that his health was about to break. Around that time, he received a letter from a fellow missionary in China called John McCarthy.
In his letter, John spoke of the abiding Christ speaks about in John 15. This abiding has joy, not tension; rest, not striving.
Later, Hudson wrote to his sister: “But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith but by resting in the Faithful One!”
We sometimes give ourselves more credit for growth than is due. My point to us as Christian women in business is to run with what God has given us.
Dig, plant, water and then rest my dear. God will give you the increase.