The value of your silent seasons
Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering. (original)
As you’ve probably guessed, I’ve been on a break from sharing my thoughts on this blog recently. I've been going through a period of what I like to call, 'personal reconfiguration', which means there’s something new on the horizon for this inner circle.
Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. (original)
Unexpected reconfigurations can be really disorientating. But one thing has become clear: they are an opportunity. An opportunity to centre yourself again, coming back stronger and more well-balanced than before.
When you’re forced to reconfigure, you have no choice but to stop.
You throw your hands up as you’re reminded that you don’t have any of life's answers, and you wait. You wait for God to come through. You wait for the green lights and stop signs - new beginnings and bittersweet goodbyes to take place. Your soul has no choice but to stay silent. Sometimes it takes getting into a silent season before you level up. The silence makes room for you to hear God; through His Word, through prayer, through circumstances and through people. Especially in our lowest times.
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (original)
So that’s what’s happening right now.
And in this process, you dig further into where it all started, and for me, that means my journals. New notes are bubbling under the surface, which I believe will enrich the journey - yours as an individual and ours as a collective.
A silent season, however, doesn't mean inactivity. What it has been for me is a reminder that I am not in the driving seat, I simply follow the instructions of the one I call Lord.
So naturally, during this time The Gathering emerged - a new project which I’m curating.
Our mission is to stimulate conversations that will grow your faith, starting with our YouTube Q&A series. Feeding your curiosity is the difference between blindly believing and becoming more confident in your personal relationship with God. Our latest episode just came out, "Isn't Christianity just another form of self-help?" and I’d love to know what you think.
Stay tuned for what's next.