Are You Going at the Speed of God?
Have you ever felt like God has deserted you on your way to your destiny? We’ve all had seasons in our lives where we are full of vision for the future, heart bursting with passion to see our dream realised. And yet, it’s just not happening fast enough. We start to wonder, will it happen at all? In times like this, we are faced with a choice. Will we run forward in our own strength, or will we move at the speed of God?
When I was a child, there was nothing more exciting to me than going on a family trip. I loved watching my parents pack the suitcases into the back, organising them like a complicated jigsaw. I loved piling into the car and the feeling of finally being on our way. The problem was, we still had hours of driving before we reached our destination, and this was torture for my young self. With my limited understanding of time, I had eyes only for the moment of arrival, and so my journey held nothing but frustration.
On our way to the Promised Land
In the same way, we have a limited understanding of how God operates in time. This can lead us to ask the constant question “are we there yet?” which can lead to frustration and doubt. In Exodus, we see the Israelites facing this on their journey to the Promised Land. When Moses goes up the mountain for 40 days, they start to fear that he will never come down. Panicked, they take things into their own hands and build a golden calf. They didn’t trust God’s timing, but rather superimposed their idea of what God “should” be doing onto their present moment. They lost hope in His ability to fulfill His promise to them and decided to move forward in their own strength, with disastrous results.
Who are you going with?
With God, we are always on a journey leading to a destination, but the journey is a joy when we remember the real privilege is not so much where we are going, but who we are going with. If there is joy in this, then the trip begins as soon as we’re all piled into the car, together. The journey becomes the very adventure we dream of.
When we have caught sight of a vision for our lives, excitement is natural. When the vision becomes elevated above God in our hearts, we become motivated by fear to take things into our own hands when we don’t understand His timing.
Let’s trust the God of the journey who moves in ways beyond our understanding and with His own speed. Let’s believe that He will bring us into the right place at the right time, and enjoy every minute of discovery with Him. Let’s have the maturity to set aside frustration and instead lean into faith – As my good friend Nate Edwardson says, let’s learn to “move at the speed of God.”