When You’re Incapable Of Being Passive…

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…
A time to plant and a time to harvest…
A time to embrace and a time to turn away…
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,5,7)

There’s a time for everything, but sometimes it’s hard to know. What is it time for now? What is God saying? How is he leading?

I remember a time several years ago when I was facing a decision where there seemed to be no clear answer. For months I had pondered the pros and cons, I had prayed, I had sought advice from others… and I was still uncertain.

Eventually I had a conversation I’ll never forget with a wiser, older Christian. She listened as I explained my dilemma, and my reasons for and against taking action, as I expressed the confusion which only seemed to deepen the more I tried to find a way forward. And then she summed it all up in one simple sentence:

“I think you’re incapable of being passive.”

As soon as she said it, I knew she was right. When the worries about the practicalities or other people’s opinions were removed, what remained was a sense of God’s calling that I couldn’t ignore. I was still uncertain – worried that I was mistaken, that I had misheard God – but I had prayed and pondered for long enough.

It was time for action.

Nehemiah experienced a similar stirring and the call of God to take action. It didn’t mean it was simple or straightforward, but God used his faithful obedience. I’m delighted to be sharing at Gracefully Truthful about Nehemiah’s story, as well as a more recent “incapable of being passive” experience of my own.

I’d love it if you’d join me there!


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11 thoughts on “When You’re Incapable Of Being Passive…

  1. Thank God He takes us where we are, who we are, and can use us to impact His kingdom. When we’ve heard His whisper, His call, no one can stop what He’s begun! The sky, literally, is the limit!

    Bless you, Lesley.

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  2. I love Nehemiah’s story, Lesley. Thank you for reminding me of it and encouraging me today to keep taking the next step even in the midst of trials, discouragement, and fear. I hope and pray this pause will even better equip you in what He has called you to! And I hope it won’t be much longer! Love and blessings of strength for each pause!

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    1. Nehemiah has always been a favourite of mine! I’m glad his story encouraged you to keep taking the next step. I think when we are following God there will always be challenges and opposition but he will give us the strength to keep going. Thank you for your prayers. Love and blessings to you too!

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  3. This was so encouraging to read, Lesley. God always finishes what He starts, doesn’t He? Trusting with you that God will continue to develop this ministry He has called you to, despite Covid and when Covid is (hopefully) a distant memory. P.S. I love what your friend said about you—that’s a wonderful compliment, I think.

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    1. Thanks, Lois! Yes, it is always encouraging to remember that God finishes what he starts and that when he calls us to something he helps us get through the challenges.

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  4. Love your realization that God’s voice is the one to follow even if WE are uncertain. I’m learning to lean and listen when I hear His whisper. May we all become more active…being passive is easier! Jenn

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