Here lately I have heard many women express that they are not sure what to do next and they struggle with this nagging question, “what should I be doing?” As a result, they often seek out more to-dos to keep busy and keep their minds occupied. Then there’s the other end of the spectrum, those who feel like they’ve taken on way too many tasks to the point of exhaustion and they long for an opportunity to rest. Whichever spot you’re in, hopefully you can be encouraged to be content and embrace where you are or, if needed, to throw off some load in anticipation for God’s best for you.
Woman of God, God has plans for you – beautiful plans He envisioned for you the day He was knitting you together in your mother’s womb. You may be at a place where He has already placed vision on your heart of His plans for you or you may be at a place where you are waiting to hear from Him for the first time. Wherever you’re at, God has plans for you and as you submit to Him, trust Him and commit your works to Him, He will direct you and He will establish your plans (see Proverbs 3:5-6 and Proverbs 16:3).
When you are in a season of waiting, do not take on extra just to fill your time. Embrace the times you do not have your schedule filled, these opportunities for rest and rejuvenation, as this may be in preparation for God’s next assignment for you. At any given point God is always lining up things behind the scenes, beyond what we can see in front of us. If you take on more and more tasks just to fill your time, what happens when He presents the opportunity He has been lining up behind the scenes that whole time? When that opportunity actually presents, will you even be able to accept the assignment or will your schedule be too full? You may have so much on your plate that you are not able to step into this plan God had been lining up for you.
It is okay to rest, it is okay to say no, it is okay to wait. If you have absolutely no commitments, that is okay so long as you are ready to be obedient to whatever God leads you to do at any given moment.
I’ve went through times where I felt completely under challenged in my day to day life. I was exploring all sorts of possibilities to be more challenged and that’s when God placed all this on my heart that I am sharing with you today. He reminded me that He has plans for me and He told me that I can’t see what all He is lining up behind the scenes. He made me realize that it was a good thing that I wasn’t loaded with tasks because I would be completely ready and able to step into any assignment He calls me to.
I encourage you to assess where you’re at and what you’re doing. If you’ve taken on things just to keep your mind occupied I encourage you to remove that load so you can be freed up and ready for God’s assignments for you. With that being said, for any commitments you’ve made, pray about how God would have you proceed. It may be that He has already prepared someone else to step in and it’s going to fall into place more quickly than expected. Sometimes, though, it may take time for you to transition out of commitments.
Right now I can say that there are days where I don’t have very much going on and its fabulous! So often, following these times with nothing going on, there are times He give me an assignment and I am able to clearly hear His voice and be fully dedicated to His assignment, walking it out in the strength and power and direction He provides. If I were to take on all sorts of activities and commitments just to keep my mind occupied, when He gives me an assignment I would be burdened, scattered and anxious, clouding out His voice and His direction. I don’t want that for sure! I want to be available at any moment to do whatever God leads me to do!!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
But those who wait on 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. (Isaiah 40:31)
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:13-14)