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Learning to be Slow in a Season of Unknowns

May 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM

In a world that is overrun with to-do lists and busy schedules, this season of pause we’ve stepped into globally can feel pretty foreign. However, this gigantic halt to life as we know it presents us all with a beautiful opportunity to press in and focus deeply on our time with God. In a world where time is fleeting, we’ve been given an extremely timely gift — the opportunity to slow down. 

As is such with any unforeseen change, restlessness in the middle of the unknown is common. You are not alone in your questions or in your anxiousness. In fact, these feelings only bring you even closer to the Lord. Even with your questions, God longs for you to be in His presence. His greatest desire is that His children would seek to be near Him. He wants nothing more than to relieve you of your anxiety and your fear, to answer your questions and to bring you the beautiful and sacred peace which only He is capable of. Lean into the season you’re in and allow God to put your soul at ease. Hold tight to the Lord — He is the safest place you’ll ever know. 

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” Exodus 14:14 (NIV). 

So what are some ways that you can slow down in this season? Here are 4 tips to help you embrace the slowness of this season and prepare you for all that God is going to do through you in the next! 

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Enjoy where you are

God has perfectly placed your feet where they are supposed to be. With every unknown that you face comes the joy of not always knowing what God is doing next. How boring would it be if we always knew or understood what God was doing? You will never see the fruit of the season you’re in if you are constantly at war with it. Lean into the change and choose to sit at the feet of the Lord. Choose to have a heart posture of gratitude — gratitude for what God is doing in you and through you in this crazy time in world history.

Perhaps this time to slow down where you are is exactly what your heart needs: a time to reset and receive fresh revelation from God. There is no better time to practice simply dwelling in the presence of the Lord than now. 

Form new habits

This time to slow down provides you with a great opportunity to create new and improved habits for when you return to the mission field! With less things to do in a day, you can focus on what matters the most: time with God. You’re in a season where you get to be so absorbed in your time with the Lord, so make the most of it! Let God fill your cup so that you can pour into the cups of others all around the world. 

Set aside a specific time period in the day you’re going to have your quiet time with God. When you first wake up, before you go to sleep, whenever works best for you! Listen to worship music that sets your heart on fire, tune in to podcasts that grow your faith, journal what life looks like right now and what God’s teaching you, and spend time speaking to God and listening to his voice. Create habits in the slowness of this season to grow you for the next! 

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Live a life of worship

Worship is such a powerful weapon in any season. Our worship brings us close to the heart of the Father and sets our eyes on heaven. With a heart postured in worship and in gratitude towards God, everything we do becomes a form of worship. 

Worship God in your everyday life, in both the mundane and the exciting. Worship isn’t just singing or prayer — it’s also the simple and beautiful act of how we choose to live our everyday life and who we live it for. Worship God in how you do your work, how you respond to the people in your bubble, how you love your community, and even how you do the dishes. Worship is a posture of our hearts and there is no better time to practice then now. Let go of the hurry to get things done and settle into the presence of the Lord daily. Use this time to walk in simple and honest worship during the everyday tasks of your life right now. 

Rest in the unchanging nature of God

In the many unknowns of this season, let the unchanging and perfect nature of God be your deepest comfort and greatest place of rest. When we remember who God is, we remember who we are. Him, a Father who is perfectly faithful and wonderfully righteous, and us, sons and daughters of the Most High King. In an ever changing world, He is constant. He has not stopped being a God of goodness and kindness just because life looks different than before. Anchor yourself to the One who never changes, the firmest foundation you will ever find.

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Allow God to break every chain of anxiety, fear, and every lie the enemy loves to attack you with. Know that He has already won the battle. He has already broken the chains. He is so much bigger than the circumstances you are currently walking through and He works all things for good

Use this time to reflect on the words and promises God has spoken over you before. Let it be a reminder to you that He is forever faithful. He hasn’t finished working and the circumstances of the world cannot stop His purpose or plans for your life. Declare His promises and His truth over your life because He wants to use you — and He will!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NIV). 
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 (NIV). 

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