Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb.
I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems like the summit is just around the corner, your pack mule comes to a screeching halt, bringing you to slam into its hindquarters.
Then a friend pops up to ask, “When will the book be done?”
I figure a pint of molasses creeping uphill on a sweltering July day could outrun my manuscript. Piece of cake upside down.
I’ve had to forgive myself for being in slooooow motion.
For six weeks, I’ve been struggling with shoulder pain, muscle weakness, waves of exhaustion, headaches, and vertigo. A blood draw revealed adrenal and thyroid deficiencies. So I began a treatment of supplements and a rigorous regimen of, well, rest.
“Tick-tock, tick-tock,” the clock seemed to chide, mocking me.
At my physical therapist’s office last week, I teared up, trying hard to stuff the signs of stress. I have been tiptoeing around the subject of completing my book, with one delay after another. (Katie said I looked like I was gritting my teeth more than grinning.)
When she brought up the stress of writing a book, she hit a nerve.
I asked, “What is the gestation period for an elephant?”
Katie replied, “About 18 months.”
“18 months? That’s it! I’m like an elephant who’s been pregnant for-ever!”
“Don’t look now,” Katie said. “But there’s an elephant in the womb.”
I tilted my head back and roared with laughter.
I thought of the prophetic words that have been spoken. Expanding our business. Seeing doors flying open. Becoming a member of God’s healing community—activating signs, miracles, and wonders. Releasing God’s grace ’round the earth. And writing new songs. But it’s all in slow motion, and with recent physical setbacks it’s hard to stay in faith.
Here are some questions to noodle on when you and I wait for prophecies to be fulfilled:
- How can I best steward my prophecies?
- When I’m weary and stressed, am I worshiping more to get back to center?
- Who can I reach out to and ask for prayer?
- How can I release painful emotions (fear, doubt, sorrow, pain) in a healthy way? Instead of brushing the “crumbs” of negativity beneath a carpet, how can I give them a voice without camping out on them? (I started a picture journal and draw images of pain points and wishes.)
- What if I haven’t blown it, but rather God’s timing is just right? God’s timing, like His will, is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Friend, how do you stay encouraged in the wait?