Well friends, I am happy to report that we are finally recovering from the puke-pocalypse that tore through the Stull Household. And, let me tell ya… this one was no joke. It definitely wasn’t a typical 24-hour bug. This one lasted closer to 72 hours, and we still have some of the remaining side affects hanging around — geesh! Anyways, I’m channeling positive energy and hoping we can get everyone back to normal before we roll out of here to Disney on Friday.
But, it was when we were in the thick of the puke-pocalypse that something hit me square in the face. I’ll set the scene…
Last weekend I had every intention of sitting down to plan out my week, — no, like I was really going to do it this time because I had to start thinking about our Disney trip — but it was obvious God had other plans. Last Friday evening after we got home from a couples shower, Houston, woke up after an hour or two of sleeping and started getting sick. It was well after midnight and 2 loads of soiled sheets before my husband or I were able to get to sleep.
Of course, you know how the story goes with these types of things… We all fell like dominoes, and it ran through the entire household and lasted all week this past week, with us not fully feeling back to normal until Thursday or Friday. In fact, Andrew had to miss 2 days of work to help with the chaos.
Yet again, here I was with the best of intentions on getting things organized and trying to get caught up on something that fills my cup, and I was forced in another direction. Now, not to sound like a sob story, but this has literally been happening to me since August, It’s been one thing after the next pulling me away from pursuing my blogging and social media career further. Sickness. Personal commitments. Technical difficulties. You name it. I feel like it’s happened to me. My heart, the passion and the drive are there, but it’s like the universe is against me. But, after this past bout with germs and getting set back even further, it hit me.
It’s not my time yet. God is telling me to wait. He’s pulling me away from what I think I need, and redirecting me to what I actually need to be focusing on. And, as I was scrolling Instagram one night this past week before passing out from pure exhaustion, I saw this quote:
This resonated with me so much that I actually created a reel to share it with others who may be feeling this pull from God as well. Since August, I’ve been fighting the urge to take breaks when I knew I needed them, recharge, take a step back, and this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There are times in life where we so desperately want something for ourselves, but the timing just isn’t right. For what reason? We don’t know… Or at least, we don’t know the reason now, but we will in the future. We just have to trust that He knows what He’s doing (because he does), believe that things will work out as they should, and wait.
We have to wait. And, boy, is it so hard to wait. But, after coming to this realization, there were a few questions I asked myself as I tried to listen to what God was telling me to do, and I think they may help you as well:
- Is God telling me to stop and move on? Or, is he just asking me to take a step back temporarily?
- What/Who are the most important things to me in my life?
- Do I have too much on my plate? Do I need to do a better job of saying no? Are there other things I need to withdraw from first?
- What does my daily schedule look like? Do I need to reprioritize my tasks? Should I get up earlier? Am I getting enough sleep? Overall, do I have a good balance?
- Are my other relationships (those with family, friends, my husband…etc.) suffering? Am I being as present as I would like to be?
- What are my goals: for my family, myself, my job?
- Is my faith at the forefront of each of those goals? Am I truly placing my trust in God to help me with each? Or, am I trying to control the situation and take matters into my own hands?
After I took some time to answer all of these questions, everything became a bit clearer for me. It really helped me to put things into perspective, and I was able to realize 3 crucial things about my current season of waiting: (1) God’s not telling me I need to stop or give up. He’s asking me to take a step back, likely because I’ve become a prisoner to the world of comparison to others online. (2) I’m not prioritizing well, and I need to find a better balance in all areas of my life. (3) I’m not putting all my trust in God when it comes to helping me pursue my dreams/goals and guiding me on my journey.
Closure: If you find yourself in a season of waiting as well, know this: you’re not alone, it’s not easy, and one day it will be your turn too. Timing is everything. God’s timing is everything. We just have to trust and believe this with all of our heart and always put our faith first as we take on all of life’s journeys.
Verses to Remember This Week…
Isaiah 40:31: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Lamentations 3:25: “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”
Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 27:14: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Romans 12:12: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
james 1:12 : “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
**If you need more, check out Open Bible’s 100 verses on “Waiting on God.”
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