By: Donna Pisani
I would awaken to her tiny, sweet face staring at me, close enough that I could feel her panicked breath on my cheek. Then, like a record on repeat, I would hear that same little voice begin to spill out the terrors of the night, the things she imagined in the dark corners of her room.
Of course I knew there were no one-eyed, hairy monsters lurking under her bed. But because it was three o’clock in the morning and I was in the midst of sheer exhaustion from a very full life—four kids and a church to pastor—I would grab her tiny body, wrap my reassuring mama arms around her, and pull her into bed with me. Both of us were quickly engulfed in the warmth of blankets and pillows, as I tenderly prayed and quieted her fears until she dropped off to sleep.
This continued for weeks, until one night I realized all I was doing for this little one was soothing her fears, rather than showing her how to break this nightly routine of terror. All I had to do was remind her that she had a light switch in her room; that as tiny as she was, she had the power to switch the light on all by herself to expose the fear and silence her roaring imagination.
What about you?
How often does fear, the disappointment of an unmet expectation, or an out of control imagination scream at you, making you forget you have the power to turn on the light and expose it? Perhaps you’ve felt stuck in life and the longer you wait, the more the “Not Yet Zone” begins to define you. But what you may have forgotten is that God has an extraordinary plan for your life. Every single one of His promises has the power to silence any fear or disappointment.
It’s time to stop soothing your fear and turn on the light.
And what turns the light on is the truth that God has entrusted you with choice and leadership. Making the choice to flip the switch is leadership and the first step to seeing all that God made possible in you.
In fact the choice you’ve been entrusted with determines whether you stay a victim of your circumstance or become the leader of change He’s knows you to be.
Just knowing what you rise above you have authority over is everything.
You’re entrusted my friend with the hard places, the stretch, the Not Yet Zone, that place you’re in right now.
God hasn’t entrusted you with potential and purpose in spite of your past failures and current imperfections, but because of. Intricately woven into your story so your past doesn’t become someone else’s future.
Time to stop sitting in the dark doing autopsies on your fears and failures.
Time to flick the switch…the One who loves you the most is cheering you on and so am I.
For with God nothing is impossible
Excerpt from “The Power of Not Yet-Living a Life of Endless Possibilities by Donna Pisani