1. The current scene
  2. The scene change
  3. 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 in this moment. It is this very second, 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, three 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 either.

The scene change is that unpleasant “in-between” where everything goes black and silent before the upcoming scene. This change is done in darkness and secret, so the audience is amazed and mesmerized by the outcome. These are the times in life when you feel “in the dark.” You sense God’s movement, you hear shuffling feet, and yet you see nothing—the setting, characters, and circumstances are all unknown. This is where I am.

So often, we try to shine a flashlight on the stage, desperate for clues as to what is happening up there. But imagine if the audience watched 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 and sets being transformed. Endings would be ruined, and plots spoiled. The scene change must be done in secret. Otherwise, the story would be ruined.

“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?

How tiring would it be to continually try to strain our neck to see beyond the darkness or guess what’s happening behind the curtain?

This isn’t God’s design for how we are to live.

The good news is that we don’t have to feel left in the dark. 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 now, I would like to encourage you (and myself) that God knows what He’s 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. Trust. Breathe. Remember that He has the light switch and knows the perfect time to flick it on. When He does, I promise you it will be better than anything you could imagine.

“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

 

14 Comments

  1. Jessica Beltran

    I am in that place where I am in the dark of what God is doing behind the scenes of my life! I love surprises! Here’s to trusting God’s plan not my own! Thank you for this encouraging words and for all your blog post! This community of people here have help lift my eyes back on our Fathers face! Blessings!

  2. Yesss! This is exactly where I’m at right now! You spoke volumes to the very disturbing situation that I’m in and it’s been hard to see what God is doing despite the pain and the frustration that I’m dealing with. Thank you so much for your transparency and for using the stage, as I’m an actor, and to dissect how God tends to move and work in our lives. It helped me see my situation in a whole new light!

  3. What a revelation.. encouraging.. thank u Lord for using Brooke.. now i get it 🤗😊

  4. Brooke, thank you so much for sharing these words of wisdom so simply and yet eloquently. I am in the season of waiting and transition and this is what I needed to hear.

  5. This was so amazing and just what I needed to hear! So profound!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is amazing! Thank you so much. I am currently in that season where i find myself anxious half the time. I needed to hear this! Amen

    • Brooke Herzog

      It really is all about that perspective change! Praying for ya – so blessed to know this spoke to you!

  7. Julianna Bevere

    This encourages me Brooke! What a cool way to look at the bigger story that God want to display in your life. Your amazing.

  8. Addison Bevere

    Brooke, this is amazing and incredibly profound. Love how you’re encourage us to embrace the inherent tension of God’s masterful storytelling. Keep digging deep!!

  9. Amber Thomas

    Wow! What a fantastic analogy! I couldn’t help but laugh at the image of myself running around with a little flashlight. And then I was laughing with joy (and relief) at finally beginning to better understand and trust God’s process. Thank you for sharing this wisdom and encouragement!

    • Brooke Herzog

      I laughed too when God showed me how ridiculous I can be when trying to guess His plans!! I’m glad this helped simplify Gods process within “the wait” for you! Thank you for sharing (:

  10. Teresa Hwangbo

    I am in tears. This is exactly where I’m at right now and I was getting anxious of the wait in the dark. Thank you for this encouragement, Brooke!

    • Brooke Herzog

      Wow! Praise God (: thank you for sharing – and please let us know how we can be praying for you in the process!

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