The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. // Exodus 14:14
Alright on the real: this pioneer is having trouble resting.
Can I get an amen?
Resting is hard. Really hard. The Lord has been teaching me so much about rest this summer, & I know He’s calling me towards it…But if you know me at all, you can probably guess that I’m resisting it. I’m stubborn and I don’t like sitting for long. Once I get running I don’t like to stop.
One of my greatest projects this summer has been selling our new Seeds of Truth planners. It’s kept me super busy to say the least, as I’ve challenged my company to step out in the local community to reach customers close to home. We’ve had some fun & I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people along the way! (shoutout to Lady, my new favorite standard poodle.) I can’t leave out, though, that it hasn’t been easy. Selling boxes upon boxes of inventory is quite a feat & it’s honestly taken a lot out of me. I’m a go-getter by heart, so I wanted to track down every opportunity to moooooove some inventory, so I did.
The other night I was so excited to have a booth at a “First Thursday” art festival. I was pumped to reach a large local crowd & share my work with them for the first time. We got there early & set up our tent—high fives all around because those things are tricky to set up! Soon, our adorable booth was almost ready for shoppers. Sounds like a dream, right?
Then out of nowhere, a giant gust of wind lifted our weighted down tent right off the ground! That wind was STRONG, lemme tell ya. Art went flying—prints blew down the street. We were running through the wind like crazy people trying to tame a projectile tent and chase down lost artwork. What a sight—not to mention the ominous rain clouds that loomed too close for comfort. Don’t let the picture below fool you–Bham weather changes FAST! Long story short, we packed up and headed home before the festival started. We were windblown & wet. Feelings of failure started to make my heart sink.
But this day didn’t end as a sob story. Taking a step back, I can see His fingerprints all over that day. The gust of wind that carried away my tent let go something inside of me that’s been burdening my spirit & preventing me from truly experiencing God’s calling to the fullest. Like the projectile tent, I am free. I am washed by the water—not even those dark clouds & rain drops can’t rain on my parade. Every unexpected turn is a gift (sometimes in disguise); a blessing drawing me closer to the Lord. Even when things get messy or don’t go according to my plan, I won’t give up or be discouraged.
Instead, I rest in God, knowing His ways are greater. He’s been beckoning my heart to rest in His presence, & it’s taken a windstorm & flyaway tent for me to finally L E T G O. A storm had been building inside of me & it let loose that day as my tent jetted toward heaven. In every storm, Exodus 14:14 whispers truth to my soul… God will fight for me, I need only to be still.
Stop striving. Stop seeking approval. Stop. Be still. Rest.
These are the whispers God speaks to my soul.
Deep breaths, friends. I’m learning right here with you. As a business owner, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of believing I must accomplish certain goals in order to be successful—whether its meeting sales goals, growing to reach more customers, or constantly curating new content & inventory. As a college gal, I buy into even more reasons to strive in order to seek approval from others. Comparison is rampantly fierce. These burdens are real & I dare to say I’m not alone in these trails. But get this—No matter what our circumstances may be, no matter what lies the world makes us think are true, we can never be marked by them.
In this pioneer season, the Lord has been patiently teaching me to drop my burdens at His feet, rest in His presence, & forge on in freedom that comes from Him alone. The best part is, I’m still learning! My journey is pioneering into a new frontier of faith—one that doesn’t strive, compare, or value accomplishments as my worth or salvation. I have no idea right now where I’m going or what my future holds, but the Lord’s ways are sovereign & He’s guiding me step by step. We don’t have to take these steps alone. Will you join this journey with me?
I’ll let you in on another little nugget too—I just started reading Rebkeah Lyon’s You are Free book, and it’s a game changer. Let’s read it together! I’ll be sharing some of my little revelations from reading soon.