Not too long ago, I wrote about Divine Restlessness – that feeling of knowing that something is about to change, but it hasn’t changed yet. A literal restlessness that makes you yearn to move in a new direction.
You may realize that you are experiencing this divine restlessness, but then what?
What do you do when you know that there is a change coming, but you don’t know when?
It’s like riding in a car with a little kid. This week, my niece was driving my kids and I to her house from the airport after arriving in Louisiana, and my three-year old son Brennan kept asking, “Are we there yet? Is this your house, Chels?”
He has no concept of time or direction…no recognition of what her house looks like…everything was unfamiliar, and he was ready to get out of the car.
She told him, “We have to go through a tunnel to get to my house.”
As soon as we saw the sky again from the other side of the tunnel, he asked her, “Now where is your house?” Even though we had about 5 more minutes in the car, he expected it to be right there.
Those times of divine restlessness can be so tough. So uncomfortable. So tiring.
Often, we feel like we are ready for God to reveal the next step to us. We feel like we’ve waited patiently and long enough. We feel like we need to know right now.
I know that is the case for me, at least.
I know that in those moments I am ready to jump into the next thing that seems right to me. The next ministry or job opportunity. Or, sometimes it’s my husband Lee who will be doing the jumping – and as the minister’s wife, I’m ready to shove him into it.
But just because there is an open door, it doesn’t mean I need to walk through it.
In 2 Corinthians 2:12-13, Paul wrote about his experience in Troas. He said a great opportunity had opened up to him. But he felt in his spirit that he wasn’t released to stay there:
When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia. But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
Our reasons for staying and going will be different.
And as difficult as it may be, God can use us to minister to those around us no matter where we are in the process.
There is a purpose in waiting. There is something that God wants you to accomplish in the time between discovering your divine restlessness and the time when He will reveal the next step to you.
Have you experienced seasons of divine restlessness before? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below.