The other day my loctician told me about her recent visit to a Valentine’s Day skating party with her 13-year-old daughter. She also brought her 20-month-old son and just casually asked if skates were available for him as well. Surprisingly, they were and even more surprisingly, he skated with them! Of course they were the type that fit over the shoes and he and his mom stayed in the slower area of the rink with the beginners, but he was dominating his first time on the rink!
She continued to tell me how he was just trying to keep up with the “big kids” (aka 4-5 yr-olds) and he would even fall when they fell, thinking that this was a part of skating.
This made me think how we are often limited by our first and most apparent examples. When it comes to life, we tend to think that things have to be done the way we have seen them done. Thankfully, inventors and other out-of-the-box thinkers are not this way. If they only moved on what they had seen done before, we would be in a pretty primitive state of being.
You’ve probably heard people say, “Well that’s the way it’s always been done, and we haven’t had any problems yet.” This is fine, except for when it’s time to improve. Cassette players, dial-up internet, and black and white televisions were just “fine” as well, until CD players, broadband and color TV’s were invented, (and I’m probably still behind in technology).
If you read my last blog, “The Focus Factor,” you know that I am job seeking. Often times I console myself with the statement, “Well you know they say the average time to find a job is about six months.” I believe we can get so caught up in averages that we limit what God can do. The Bible says that God can do exceedingly, abundantly above what we can ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). We are looking at average, but God wants us to look at His Word. Now I do understand that there is an appointed time and due season for everything, so we can’t rule that out. I also know that we can dub things that are supposed to be viewed as guidelines as rules.
Take my last job, for example. It took me about four weeks from search to hire. I stood at my stove one snowy morning, talking to God about my need for a job. A prior conversation I had with a friend came to mind in which she told me where she worked. I applied online that day and received a response requesting me to move forward the same week. In about a month, I was hired. No resume, no job boards, nothing. Just a prayer, a thought and an action. I’m sure that I am not the only one to find a job like that so quickly.
That story reminds me of a wonderful promise from the Bible:
“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once–and everywhere you look, blessings!” (Amos 9:13-14, Message Bible)
In one of her podcasts, Terri Savelle Foy, a cheerleader of dreams and motivator of hope, believes that God is accelerating things.
“What normally takes six months God can do in an instant,” she says.
What is it that you would love to see accelerated in your life? Have you been looking at all the “beginner skaters” instead of what God says in His Word? Be encouraged that God has a specific plan to manifest His promise to you, and it won’t necessarily happen the way you’ve seen it done in the past.
Thank you for reading. I hope to hear from you soon.