I love analogies and parables. I see why almost 1/3 of Jesus’s teachings were parables. They are relatable and they are powerful.
“This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” – Matthew 13:13 | ESV
I believe that there are times when He still reveals things to us in parable form. For me, this God-Breathed analogy has helped me to see, hear and understand His will in my life with more clarity than ever before and I hope it will do the same for you.
I call it, “The Scene Change”.
Life can be broken down into 3 categories:
- The current Scene
- Scene changes
- The upcoming Scene
The current scene is the scene you’re living right now. In this scene, you are surrounded by certain people and in a distinct environment that you can perceive right now: It is this very second, and this very breath. You know the characters, the setting, and the circumstance. There’s no guessing…there is simply living. This isn’t where I am right now.
The upcoming scene is the future you are hoping for: It is tomorrow, next week, 3 months from now, next year, etc. This scene, involves the places and people you do not know yet because it is the life you can only imagine for now. This isn’t where I am now either.
This is where I am: The scene change. This is that unpleasant “in-between” where everything goes black and silent before the upcoming scene. This change is done in darkness and in secret so that the audience is more amazed and mesmerized by the outcome. These are the times in life when you feel “in limbo” or between the last season of your life and the next. You sense God’s movement, you hear shuffling feet, and yet you see nothing…the setting, characters, and circumstances are all unknown.
So often, we try to shine a flashlight on the stage, desperate for clues as to what is happening up there in the dark. But imagine if the audience was watching the stagehands run things on and off the stage. All the secrets and illusions of the production would be revealed. The audience would see characters walk off and on, sets being transformed, ruining the endings, or spoiling the plot. This scene change is done in darkness for a reason and so is this season of your life.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 | ESV
God is such an awesome storyteller. Why would He pull back the curtain or flash on the lights while things were still being set in place?! It would take away from His glory and wonder to reveal things too soon. Isn’t it so much more magnificent when the pieces have come into place and THEN we see His design in our story?
Imagine sitting in the audience watching while the scene is changing and the lights turn on halfway through. There would be someone running across the stage with a lamp, or a building being turned around to reveal a bedroom. Not only would it look like chaos, (which would stress me the heck out), it would also take away the magic…It would ruin the surprise, the wonder, and the glory.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” – Psalm 115:1 | ESV
Sometimes we can see shadows of what is to come…
Sometimes we can see that there is a person standing on stage right (even though you have no idea who) or we can see that the previous building has been moved off and a new set is being brought on stage.
Yet, all of these are merely shadows of what you will see when the lights hit the stage. The best part is that, most of the time; it’s nothing like you were guessing.
How tiring would it be to constantly try to strain our neck to see beyond the darkness, or continually try to guess what is happening behind the curtain?
This isn’t God’s design for how we are to live.
The good news is that we are not always living in a scene change. However, you will absolutely know when you are because everything seems to be silent and shadowed in anticipation. This isn’t a season of dread or fear, but one of deeper faith and expectancy for what is to come when those lights turn on!
If you are in one of those seasons right now, I would just like to encourage you (and myself) that He knows what He is doing. If something hasn’t been revealed yet, it’s because it’s not meant to be. If you feel like you’re just sitting in the audience of God’s will for your life, don’t try to figure out everything that is moving around on stage. Stop. Breathe. Remember that He has the light switch, and He knows the perfect time to flick it on. When He does, I promise you it will be better than anything your flashlight could try and see.
The upcoming scene WILL come, I promise you and It will be prosperous, hopeful, and full of His goodness.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 | NIV