Holding Patterns

Make Your ways known to me, LORD; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long. – Psalm 25:4-5

If you have ever flown in an airplane then you have most-likely been stuck in a holding pattern. You know, when your plane seemingly flies around in circles and doesn’t go anywhere? Well, have you ever found yourself in a “holding pattern” with your feet on the ground? Maybe it’s your career, your ministry, or even your marriage that seems “stuck.” It might even be your walk with God. Like mine was (after returning from Africa in 2011), you may be waiting for your next ministry opportunity.
Psalm 24:4-5 is just the prayer for a person who feels aimless, purposeless, or just motionless. God is certainly in our activity, but He is also in our inertia. Sometimes we need to be still, right? God’s ways and purposes don’t always demand movement. They can also require inaction, rest, and meditation.
If you ever find yourself in a “holding pattern,” then it is a good idea to listen. The Lord is causing you to know His ways, to teach you His paths, and to guide you in His truth … after all, He is our Creator and Savior and He is always taking us “somewhere.”

All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it. – Thomas à Kempis

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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