Encampment

Encampment:
(n) settled or lodged in a camp

“17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.”    – Numbers 9:17-18

Or in other words I’m “waiting” …

Waiting isn’t something new to me. It’s not a new concept or a revelation that I’ve just had. God has had me wait for multiple things in my life. So the question is not DO I wait but how WELL do I wait. I’m a doer by nature and strong willed which can be an amazing, yet lethal combination. Strong-willed doers don’t wait well for others to do. They just do it themselves! So months ago when God gave us an amazing vision and we developed our 3-year business plan for The Nest, I have been waiting like a race horse behind the gate ready to execute it.
But what I know about God and encampment gives me a tremendous amount of peace as I wait. I believe God has me encamped for 3 reasons.

1. I need rest. I didn’t realize how tired I was until I stopped. The nature of a doer is to keep going until you’re done. I’m getting it done, but there is frankly less to do. I’m learning a lot about slowing down my life. Stopping to smell the roses, if you will, and enjoy the simpler things. I’m weary, I’m tired and in His infinite wisdom, He knew I needed rest. I need rest now because when it’s time to move, I will need to be ready!

2. He’s preparing us. There are so many details to be sorted out. This period of encampment has been a gift of time to our leadership team and staff to wrestle with them. We are spending hours discussing and researching policies and procedures and developing our own for The Nest. God has provided us with some amazing mentors that are helping us further to define our organization. We are attending trainings and networking events, trying to learn all that we can so that when it’s time we will be as ready as we can be.

3. The timing isn’t perfect. This one has taken me YEARS to learn and accept. I believe with all of my heart that right this second, God is working on others’ hearts and minds on our behalf. There are so many moving parts to this epidemic. So many pieces to this puzzle. I’ve learned the hard way, that if I try and push His timing, the road will be difficult and LONG but if I wait…if I wait on HIS timing, the outcome will be way better than I could have imagined, the journey will be easier and we will be able to do it with a tremendous amount of JOY.

So I wait. Wait for the funds to come in so that we can buy the farm we need to put our plan into action and begin the REAL work God has called us to. I wait with peace, knowing that ultimately He’s got this. Knowing that this is His will and not just my own. I surrender, I acquiesce to an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving Father and I continue to wait…well.