When the pandemic began, I called it the sanctified pause. A period where you have to be still (yet filled with all kinds of emotions); you may not understand what is happening in your life but you just know that God is in control.
Sanctified pause is also a season of divine revelation. I have learned that preceding a sanctified pause are divine instructions. When God wants to do something mega, He gives instructions but if we are not careful, we miss them.
- Elijah had to embrace a sanctified pause when he hid in the Cherith Brook.
- Ezekiel had to embrace a sanctified pause in Ezekiel 4. He had to carry out some tasks from the Lord; he was told to lie on his left side for 390 days and on his right side for 40 days tied up to indicate the sin of the people.
Question: Have you ever carried out an assignment that the Lord impressed upon your heart (yet you didn’t fully know why you had to do it but you did it anyway)? Maybe after months or years, you finally realized why you could not rest until you did it. Think about it.
Embrace the sanctified pause. Adversity births revelation. God can reveal next steps for your career in the quiet times or calm adversity. He can show you the reason for the delay you have faced for many years and how to overcome it. There is nothing God cannot do.
Sit still, find refuge under His wings and “no disaster will come near your tent” (Psalm 91:10). Don’t join any grumbling bandwagon. God who came through for you in the past will come through for you again. Praise God continually because it is only those who are alive that can praise Him.
No matter what [even when you don’t understand], remember that God is in control. The Word says, “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall” (Proverbs 16:33 NLT). It’s not by our power, might but by the Spirit of God. Carry on!