Have you ever experienced something that felt bigger than you?  Something that propelled you and moved you into a place you did not create for yourself?  Some would call that feeling momentum, especially if the movement is positive.  This momentum is even sweeter when you have spent months (years, maybe) pushing against the current, most days struggling to keep pace.

And then it happens…that indescribable moment when you realize you aren’t flailing in the waves.  You realize the tide has relaxed.  Your muscles may still be tensed up from fighting, from giving it all you have.

The tide has turned.  The season has changed.  Your breakthrough has come.

When the reality settles in, I look back at everything that took place before this life-changing day.  With newfound objectivity, I realize that my pushing, striving, and pressing did not yield any immediate results.  God is responsible for this moment, not me.  All that effort I exerted, it didn’t get me to this place.  It did, however, keep my head above water.  It kept my senses attuned to the need for deliverance.  And it made me appreciate two of the most beautiful truths I’ve ever learned about the Christian walk:

1. Any efforts I make along this faith journey must be a response to God’s grace in my life, and not a down payment for something He will give me in the future.

2.  God’s time is God’s time:  When it’s the right time, the breakthrough will come.

Isaiah 60: 1; 4-5; 21-22 (ESV)

1Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

21 Your people shall all be righteous;
they shall possess the land forever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands,
that I might be glorified.
22 The least one shall become a clan,
and the smallest one a mighty nation;
I am the Lord;
in its time I will hasten it.

I am excited.  I am full of expectancy.  I am in awe of God’s grace.  I am grateful beyond words to be part of this faith community—The Sanctuary.

Lisa Reddy is the Associate Pastor at The Sanctuary