I love the internet. I truly do. I have seen lives changed, communities rally around causes, women encouraged, friendships built, and God’s kingdom glorified. I look at online community & real life community from a unique perspective that allows me to see an ampersand between those two pieces of my life—not a divide.
But sometimes little pieces of this wonderful internet world creep into my real life in a way that makes me a little tired. The internet is always on. Twitter never sleeps. New content is constantly being created and shared, and it can be wonderful and glorious and act as a light to those who need it.
I forget, though, that the rest of life takes a little bit longer to develop. Bloggers who write beautiful books don’t become New York Times best sellers after their first blog post. They invested time—mostly unseen—to develop their passion and refine their story. Speakers who lead Bible studies to thousands didn’t begin in arenas. They said “yes” to small beginnings and learned to improve with each experience.
Yet, I like to compare my beginnings to their hard-earned “now” and wonder when it might be my turn.
Did you know it took David ten years to become king after he killed Goliath? Though he had been anointed as king several years earlier and had defeated the giant—an event that brought him immediate recognition, the promise God made wasn’t fulfilled for another ten years.
Ten years of trusting God.
Ten years of trials and tests, failures and achievements.
Ten long years, gathering around himself a band of outcasts who would become his “mighty men of valor,” leading because that was—quite simply—what God made him to do.
And then, in God’s perfect timing, David became king. The promise was fulfilled exactly when God knew David was ready—flaws and all—to step into this new season of his life.
I feel like there are some “giants” in my life that I’ve defeated recently, and some promises I’m waiting on God to fulfill. I’m learning to lean into this time of waiting on God, not because I enjoy it, but because I need it. It’s time to invite some mighty women of valor into my life who will stand with me when God says “now.” It’s a season to be refined and trust that I will do what God has created me to do, when God knows I’m ready, because God is faithful to keep His promises.
“…no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus…” Colossians 3:17, The Voice
In those moments, when savoring my walk with God conflicts with my instant-gratification expectations, I’ll try to slow down. To do everything I can to honor God, build up those around me, develop the gifts God has given me, and wait expectantly—not impatiently.
Slaying the giant is only the beginning.