- The current scene
- The scene change
- 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