by Pastor Mark Jordan
I ran across this picture the other day while perusing Facebook. One of my friends shared it, and it really struck me.
Do you feel stuck? Maybe in a place or a state of mind? “Stuck” is a word I used as a toddler before really learning how to speak. I would tell my parents I was “stuck” when I didn’t know what to do or say. I see similar things happen with Mia as she learns to express herself. Being stuck is so frustrating, and based on what else is going on in life, it can lend itself to all kinds of outbursts from meltdowns to supernova-like explosions.
Feeling stuck isn’t limited to the toddler. Not one bit. It happens anytime we don’t know what to do, where to go, or what to say. Feeling stuck means we feel inadequate or incapable of dealing with the demands of life. When you feel stuck, you need the long-range view of faith to help you know that even though you might feel stuck right now, you might actually be right where you need to be.
Philippians 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Like the caterpillar that is melting down inside its cocoon, that step must happen before the beautiful butterfly can emerge. It’s easy to get lost in a single moment, but life is a very long series of single moments that weave together to show the totality of God’s masterpiece.
The picture above can serve as a reminder to give yourself time if you feel stuck. Take it a step further, though, and know that it is a reminder to give God time, too. He knows your beginning, your end, and everything in between. Trust Him to not just see you through to the day of Jesus Christ, but to perfect you as He does.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being present in every moment in my life. Though I might feel stuck today, I know you are moving me forward not just to completion, but perfection. Help me to live confidently in the assurance that you make all things new in Christ Jesus, and to give You the time to see me through to that glorious day. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.