Very often we feel stuck in our faith journey and don’t know how to get unstuck and start walking again. We have not thought it would take so long and would be so difficult. We struggle with a problem or a situation for a long time, and we still don’t have a solution. It seems we are going in circles, and we don’t see the progress we want so much.
We struggle with regrets and disappointment about how things have developed in a certain area. And we have difficulties to see our path ahead. We feel stuck, discouraged and unable to make the next step. Worse yet, we feel reluctant to come to God again with the same issue, especially when we have prayed many times about it. So how can we get unstuck and start walking again?
Step 1 to get unstuck – remember to connect
The first tiny but crucial step to get unstuck is to remember and connect again with God in prayer. God does not need information from us; He is not after facts, because He knows it all, better than we do. What He is after is connection and communication with us. He invites us in constant communion with Him, in doing life together with Him. He is always available, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46)
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We need to resist our tendencies to withdraw and remember to connect, again and again. Not just presenting facts to God, but pouring out our hearts, telling Him again about our longings, hopes, desires, expectations, and goals, surrendering them all again and again. We need to cry out our frustrations and disappointments and let the Holy Spirit comfort and refresh us.
We need to remember that we need God the most – more than the solution, and the progress we crave.
Step 2 – what do you want God to do for you?
Let’s go deeper and take the next step to get unstuck. Take a minute and ponder: what do you want God to do for you? Share with Him freely your longings, desires, and hopes. Be assured that without any doubt God wants to give you, to provide for you and to take care of you. He wants you to succeed in the fulfillment of your God-given visions, goals, and purposes. Tell Him and get ready to hear and accept His answer.
God asks this question every day. His heart longs to minister to us, to do things for us and unto us. Remember, God is the ultimate Giver. He is not the one withholding things. He wants to satisfy us with the best.
Jesus has asked on several occasions this very personal question: “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Mark 10:35-52) Sometimes the answer is obvious, sometimes not and sometimes we need to know that our desires come with a price as Jesus explains to James and John. (Mark 10:38) This question is not so easy to answer because it makes us re-examine our heart desires and priorities.
WHAT DO YOU WANT GOD TO DO FOR YOU?
What only God can do for us
God wants to do things for us only He can do. These are things impossible for us and far outside our limited range of abilities. God wants to be our Rescuer, Restorer, Redeemer, Healer, Comforter, Teacher and most of all the One Who loves us all the time.
We feel so often down, frustrated and overwhelmed mainly because we want to have it all figured out. We want predictability, a detailed plan with clear steps on the way. Why? Because we have this need to control, to be safe and secure, to be independent. We don’t want to walk in the fog and to move in zigzag. Detour, roadblocks, slow down? No, thanks! We don’t need these.
But God! He wants that we hang around with Him every step of the journey, that we press deeper into Him, that we figure it out together, that we pursue Him on the way.
Step 3 to get unstuck – remember God‘s promises for guidance and help
And last but not least, remember that God has promised us guidance and help on the way. He assures us that He will show us the path of life and that He will guide us safely and successfully on unknown paths, bringing light and making them even. He will help us to overcome all obstacles and roadblocks on the way so we can rejoice and boast in Him! So take heart and be encouraged!
Ultimately, it is not about the solutions to our problems, not about the visions and dreams we have – it is about Him. The journey of life, all assignments, desires and visions are primarily paths towards Him, designed and destined to mature and grow us, to lead us closer to the greatest treasure.
In which area are you currently struggling to get unstuck and move on? Where do you need to connect with God again? You are welcome to share and comment.