Having faith when you feel like you’re going in circles.
“Just Keep Swimming”- a saying made popular by the movie Finding Nemo that has extreme importance in our everyday lives and our walk with Jesus. Do you ever feel like you’re getting stuck in a routine, or you try and try to close a deal but just can’t make something shake, or like all your efforts to achieve something fall through? Sometimes we may feel as if our lives are spinning and not getting anywhere. It’s easy to lose our passion and get discouraged. What do we do when we feel this way? Just keep swimming! Stick to the routine you are in. When God says the time is right, He will provide a breakthrough for you. I recently was listening to a sermon by Joel Olsteen on TV; it really spoke to me. He said to have faith in the routine. Have faith in God. Be faithful when nothing new is happening. You’re working hard but not getting the credit, have faith in the routine; keep working hard. Keep doing the same thing you have been doing. You must trust God and stay passionate when you feel like you’re going in circles. Why? Because your character and spiritual muscles are developing. You are being prepared for where God is taking you. This is your training time. Routine may not be exciting, but it is necessary. You need to be your best every day and on every ordinary day. David was anointed to be King as a young man, then God sent him back to the shepherd fields. He had a King’s anointing, yet was taking care of sheep day in and day out. David was faithful in the routine; if he had not passed this test, he would not have become King. 13 years later, King David suddenly took the throne. Passing the test in ordinary days leads to extraordinary days. Being faithful in the routine is what prepares you for promotion.
WHEN YOU ARE FAITHFUL IN THE ROUTINE GOD WILL MAKE THINGS HAPPEN that you couldn’t make happen. God is closely watching you. He sees your hard work. He acknowledges your hard work. That fire ignited in your soul that you call your passion, your life calling, God implanted that in you and God will see to it that you get to it. Your time is coming; suddenly, unexpectedly. Ordinary days will be turned to extraordinary days. God has explosive blessings for you and He will get you to where you are supposed to be. For example, the story of Jericho in the Bible was a test. When Joshua was leading the Israelites towards the promised land, they came to the city of Jericho but couldn’t get past the walls. God told Joshua to have them march around the city in circles. They literally were walking in circles for days around Jericho. They didn’t know why but they had faith in God and on the 7th day, suddenly amidst walking in circles and blowing their trumpets, the walls collapsed. A great miracle. God will collapse walls for you too, you just have to trust in Him. Trust God when you are going in circles. Do the right thing when it just seems ordinary. Why aren’t you making any progress? It is a TEST. God is testing you and preparing you. Keep being faithful where you are and those walls will come down and doors will open. I know a woman who worked as a janitor in a hospital and is now running the hospital. She is the head of the hospital, the doctors take orders from her!! No bad break can stop what God has ordained for you. No person can discourage you. Disappointment and betrayals are apart of God’s plan to push us into our purpose. When things feel like they’re spinning out of control, they are spinning IN control. Sometimes buildings need to be torn down to make a new and better building. God is renovating you. He won’t allow the spinning unless it ultimately leads to your advantage. Trust Him in your spinning. God says “Never will I leave you or forsake you” Hebrews 13:5 God says “Do not be afraid for I am with you” Isiah 41:10 God says “Do not worry”. Mark 6:25-34. So why do we worry, why do we get anxiety, self doubt, why do we become afraid? God always has our backs, He wants us to TRUST in Him. Trust Him in your spinning, trust Him when you don’t feel encouraged. The right people are going to find you. Promotion is going to track you down. When you are faithful in the ordinary, God will make you extraordinary. God saves the best for last so just keep swimming, eventually you will reach your God ordained destination.