Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

Personal Transformation

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

Eric DunavantMay 13, 2020

I have a trainer that programs workouts for me every day, and the workout that he programmed for me yesterday was a long 10,000-meter row.

I was on a rower going nowhere for about 45 minutes.

Doing this is aggravating.

During this quarantine, they’ve had the local bike trail shut down.

Last month, I got on my bicycle with a training stand and rode for an hour on my front porch.

Back in February, during training for my half marathons, I had a training day I ran 15 miles on a treadmill because it had been raining outside.

If you’ve ever had to spend an hour or two training up your body, and physically not go anywhere, you understand what I’m saying.

Many times, this is hard on our brains.

I’ve found that our bodies and our minds believe that if I’m training for something, then I need to go somewhere.

If I’m training and I’m building myself up, then please let me achieve something and find a finish line.

As I was reflecting on this, I remembered one of my favorite scriptures.

Ephesians 6:13 talks about this.

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you’ve done everything, stand.”

This is a thought-provoking scripture because this says, “When the day of evil comes,” you go put on your full armor, get ready for battle.

Get ready for the race.

Train yourself and be ready for the adversity that’s coming.

Sometimes our calling is to be completely ready for the event and then let God work and let God do His thing.

God is showing us that sometimes what we’re doing is getting ready for something, and God wants us to show up and wait.

God wants us to be there, but it’s His job to act.

Can we be patient with God?

I ran the 15 miles on the treadmill, imagine if I’d shown up to the race and God was like, “Nope, don’t run the race. Stand there.”

As we begin the season of shifting into this new normal, I think a lot of us are ready for things to come faster than they’re probably going to happen.

What are you mentally prepared to begin and God is saying,

“Not yet. It’s time to wait. It’s time to stand and wait. I’m going to take care of this. But for right now, your season and your calling is simply to stand.”

As we’re in the season of having to stand, what do you need to be patient on and wait?

There will come a time when you need to act, but it may not be today.

About the Author

Eric DunavantEric is the president of Paradiem, a man devoted to God and the advancement of His Kingdom.

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