A prophetic word was spoken over my life in January 2017 at a friend’s home by someone I’d just met….
“Your business and your comings and goings and your ministry: He says that he sees every idle thing that has been done that you wanted to achieve. But He says that it is well done, it has been well done my good and faithful servant. That He wants you to know how much that he appreciates your fervor, your strength, your intelligence, your knowledge of God. He wants you to know that He has set you aside for such a time as this. But He also wants to tell you that there are things ahead of you, that you have no idea of the preparation that has been made for you.
The things that you’re doing now are very important; but, He says, it’s just been a preparation for the things that are ahead. And the Lord says not to be concerned, just one day at a time, one step at a time. And that as the door is opened that you will walk through it and it will be a surprise and it will be pleasant, and you will say, ‘Oh, my goodness, just look at what the Lord has done!’ And He said, I will sit up there and rejoice because I know that you, too, will do what I tell you to do. And, He says, just keep that steadfastness in your heart. And God says He will walk every step with you, says the Lord.”
Almost sounds like I’ll get to go to heaven soon, doesn’t it?
As I reflect back on this prophetic word from three years ago, I recall how unexpected and kind the words sounded when they were presented to me in a spontaneous way and how humbled I felt. The word “idle”, however, puzzled me. It is not a word I hear or allow myself to be often.
“not working or active; unemployed; not spent or filled with activity; to pass time doing nothing; to move, loiter, or saunter aimlessly; to cause one to be idle.” (from dictionary.com)
Idleness has been difficult for me. I was not ADD or ADHD as a child. I did not have difficulty focusing on or completing tasks. But I have generally found it preferable, it seems, to be engaged in something productive…. It doesn’t necessarily have to be immediately applicable to some action in which I am currently engaged. It can be a “pondering” that gives me movement on some long term project or thought-provoking reflection. I just find it very difficult to simply shift into “idle”. My now-deceased mother-in-law, Marilyn Byrd, pinned me with a reputation shortly after I married her son, “You have only two speeds – full speed and quit.” I had never thought about it, but it was something she could see.. She didn’t say it mean-spiritedly or angrily, just matter-of-factly. I have thought about that from time to time and wondered where that came from and why?
There is always more and better that God has prepared for us. There are always reasons to look to the future with joy….
For we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Thank you, Lord, for sweet words spoken, even when they seem odd and veiled. ……”He says that he sees every idle thing that has been done that you wanted to achieve.” I look forward to you telling me someday what that “every idle thing” is that is done!