Held in Abeyance (How to Know part 3)

Where are you right now? Geographically? Spatially? How 'bout spiritually, emotionally, mentally? Our imagination (read: faith) is not limited by physics, time or body. Or anything else for that matter. Anything, that is, except unbelief and doubt.

The latter can be good, necessary even. The former, well, the quantity of our unbelief tells just how long we'll be in abeyance while God slowly lets the pride inherent therein, slough off.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:" (Hosea 4:6)

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18)

No vision, eh? No knowledge? Who's fault is that? It's not God's, that's for sure. He's the one who invented the concepts.

God called Samuel when he was but a child. It says in 1 Samuel, third chapter, first verse: "And the word of the Lord was precious (valuable, scarce, rare) in those days; there was no open vision." No open vision. When we neglect to bask in the light of God's face and leave off the study of His word coupled with fellowship with Him, as author, things come to a halt. When one makes their way through the desert, the heat evaporates the water in their body and they slow. Way. Down. And their blood becomes thick as a means of moisture conservation. It's the natural order of things.

There are times in our lives where we encounter long periods of spiritual torpor. At least that's what we'd call it. Inactivity. There's always something going on though. You have to know where to look, start with up. Maybe we're waiting out the consequences of something that "seemed like a good idea at the time". Maybe we're recovering from the wounds of a failed relationship. Numbness takes time to come back around. But this is good news. Think about the gestation period of the pregnant mother. Any and all of these things take time. And in the rush of our modern society, when we are served instantly, and more than likely, without emotion, we forget that any thing worth obtaining is worth waiting for and holding out and pressing on. This is where the battle between doubt and unbelief, and faith comes in to focus.

As an aside, some species of lizards will grow their tail back should it become separated from their body for whatever reason. Starfish, too. It just takes time.

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." (John 6:29)

Did you catch that? Jesus said it was work. And work is the last thing I feel like doing. But what about when God gives you a vision, be it through your imagination (faith) or through the life of another, of some better thing? What if it's a breakthrough in your church? If you're dissatisfied where you are, but the thought of uprooting yourself from your home church is too much, then start the process where you are. Right there in the pew. Look around. So many faces. Eyes glazed, expressions inattentive. And the preaching's mediocre. Look up. Because you are God's "secret agent" (to borrow a phrase from a friend) in that situation. No sense in breaking off and starting your own church or making waves by leaving out of God's timing. The thing is, torpor is overcome by soaking in the sun. Lizards do it, as should we from time to time.

Keep moving. The heat rises from the pavement like prayers to Heaven. It's not a mirage, but you're not sure. It's an oasis, but it does you no good where it is. You keep moving toward it. Don't stop for anything.

Our prayers mean more than we know. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous [person] availeth much." (James 5:16) And if you're observant enough to notice a problem, then I hate to say it (actually, I don't) but you're the one that God's gonna look to, to see it remedied. What else were you doing? We're only held in abeyance for good reasons. The first thing to do is to jettison the notion that we're of no use where we are. God takes great care in engineering our circumstances with all the key players in place. One word, one touch from God is all it takes to restore relationships, silence gossip, strengthen faith and restore lost limbs.

So climb up on the rock and get sunbathing. Cold-bloodedness notwithstanding.

And if you're not sure whether you should be standing still or moving forward, check this: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

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