Wait and See: Learning to bear fruit in every season

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I recently read a certain book that was on my “to read” list since last July. (Yes, I know that is along time) I received the copy of Wendy Pope’s, “Wait and See” at her session during SheSpeaks 2016. I almost didn’t even sign up for that session, because I had convinced myself that I was not in a waiting season and therefore I did not need to attend. Finally I did go because I figured that I would maybe need to hear that the speaker had to say (and there wasn’t another session that peaked my interest).

At the end of her session, Wendy gave us all advanced reader copies of her book, Wait and See”. When I got the book, immediately the caught my eye because there are butterflies on the cover (I have huge connection to butterflies, if you would like read more about the personal attachment to butterflies and how my coaching ministry got its name, visit this link.)

You know how you get a nagging feeling to do something but just don’t do it because you make a billion excuses? That is how it was before I finally I sat down to read this book. I felt so much resistance and after finishing the book, and now with a completely new mindset I understand why I resisted reading this book.

Wendy was funny and engaging as a speaker, and I felt much of the same spirit in her book. She used several different stories to illustrate the same message (purpose of the pause) which helped connect to a variety of readers going through different ways of waiting.

She talked about being so sure she heard God say “You will be a speaker” that she went our and tried everything she could to make it happen, only to fall short. After that experience she became an intern for Proverbs 31 ministry, where in her eyes, she was placing her dream on hold, but God was placing the dream in her.

I relate to her story because I had an experience where God showed me that His plan for me was to become a Christian Life Coach, and I did everything in my strength and excitement, starting my own business, marketing myself and trying to gain clients. I fell short in my own strength and stopped trying to find clients, but instead I found that I have other opportunities outside of my message and brand to encourage others to pursue His message and become His brand. (THIS POST explains more about that)

So that is what I am doing right now, as she suggests, “do the next thing until God says you are ready to move forward.” This means that I am engaging and serving right where I am. Where I am in my church, and where I am in my community. God has blessed me with leadership opportunities in several areas, and knowing the road to growth is not a straight, and smooth line, but one with many bumps and twists and turns helps me to keep going.

I seem to be riding a wave of certainty and doubt. Wendy speaks to several obstacles we face as we continue on through a wait, a wait that can sometimes be longer than we’ve anticipated. Some of the obstacles she addresses are: doubt, uncertainty, confusion, discouragement and despair.

Perhaps the single most effective thing she is able to do is show you (the reader) how shifting the object of your wait will make it worth the wait.

She steps through David’s journey of being called to something and also in his seasons of waiting. Following his story in the bible with this specific focus reveals more about what are responses in our wait should be. The Lord spoke something specific to me this past summer. He whispered to me, “What I want to give you, you aren’t ready for.”

WOW, talk about something so overwhelmingly exciting and disheartening at the same time! God was telling me that I needed to start to prepare for what He had planned. When I read “Wait and See” a few months after that, everything clicked into place of how to prepare. My heart shifted more towards Him and away from my object of wait. What I want more than anything is a intimate relationship with Him, and as Psalm 34 says:

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

The other verse that has taken root in my heart is Jeremiah 17:8

They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

This means that no matter what season of life you are in you can bear fruit in every season.

Friends, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and see for yourself how focusing on the person of your faith instead of the object of your wait can create space for God to move! (I do not receive any compensation for this review, all opinions are my own and come from my own personal testimony after reading this book)

Blessings sweet friends,

Stephanie

 

 

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