I woke up recently with an old song playing in my head, “I’ve got a brand new pair of roller skates, you’ve got a brand new key.” Weird. Where did that come from? Sometimes it’s just cerebral randomness. Sometimes it’s God talking. He loves to be creative like that. 

 I recognized the Voice and knew what it was about. For the past three years I’ve felt like I’ve been at a stand still. No momentum with dreams, desires, direction, and no end in sight. Certain activities, involvements—good things, God things—just stopped.  I’ve always been active helping others. I love to give, serve. I had even felt the Lord speak to my heart to “run” (pull out the stops) just before the brakes hit. I was excited. I was ready. I was prepared to launch ahead, with speed! Then the track vanished and a brick wall appeared.  I was confused, and I didn’t handle the change as well as I should have. Thank God for grace.

God, however, let me know it was Him. During that time I had days of faith and days of whining – you know the routine: “Are we there yet?” Then we rounded the corner entering 2011 and I heard Him say, “It’s time to move forward. You’ve rested long enough.” What? Now I’m comfortable. Rest is good! ….fickle humans.

 I’ve always believed in God’s timing, but I’ve never seen such a demarcation of seasons as I have with this one. When God said rest, that’s exactly what I did….whether I liked it or not. I could knock, kick, pray, make declarations, fast, whatever, but when He closed the door, it was shut. Period. Like Job said, “He’s walled up my way so that I cannot pass!” Father knows what He’s doing in my life, even when I don’t.

 Now the other side of that coin is when He says, “Go!” All the sudden (and I do mean all the sudden), I go! Momentum picks up, doors open, relationships take a fresh turn. He’s given me new wheels, but He has the key. 

 There truly is a time for everything, and whatever time we’re in we can be confident that our times are in His hands, and His plans for us are fabulous! He knows what He’s doing, even when we don’t. We just have to trust His love.

 J Nicole

Being Fathered for a Divine Purpose