Meditate on This: Philippians 1:6
This morning I woke and did my usual a.m. ritual...thank God for another day, grab my phone, and check my analytics for social media and my website. I know, seems neurotic lol. I haven't been as excited to see the reports because I've been in a transitional period for the last month or so. Although I am putting out more content and feeling quite inspired and productive, I can't ignore the fact that my viewership has declined. You see, initially my "likes" and "shares" all came from family and friends who were excited about my new online presence as a blogger. The hype of newness has expired and I have not yet reached the larger audience for which I was intended.
I can't lie, at first it was discouraging and somewhat infuriating. Any creative can testify that purging and emoting for the world to see is no easy task. Putting my experience on display is really tough... and it becomes all the more complicated when I feel as though no one is there to share the sentiments... few comments, and what feels like no growth.
I'd like to share with you a conversation I had with my husband yesterday. We sat and talked about the nature of personal and brand development as we often do. I hadn't told him about how I was growing weary in staying consistent with posting, blogging, and further developing my social media. We were just chatting, catching up, and sharing. He began telling me about an article he had just read about the Chinese bamboo seed, how it grows and its natural process. This seed sits in the ground for 5 years, then over a 6-week period will grow 90 feet. And the philosophical question was posed... 'How long does it take for the bamboo to grow, 5 years or 6 weeks?' Without realizing it, he ministered to me right where I was.
For 5 years, a bamboo farmer must till the soil, water and nourish it WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF LIFE. 5 years! Could you imagine? Walking to what appears to be an empty plot of land and caring for it daily to maintain growth that you cannot see? Maybe this isn't your story, gardening or writing a blog may not be your thing. Perhaps its singing, dancing, or some creative art. Perhaps you have a ministerial or professional gift. Whatever it may be, each of us has a passion we desire to share with family, community, or the world at large. Have you ever been there? Felt as if your effort (no matter how intense, focused, or driven) was not enough to render the results you desired in the time frame you expected? If you're not careful feelings of frustration, self-doubt, and isolation can prevent you from staying the course.
A scripture keeps coming to me and I encourage you to meditate on this...Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 KJV) Whatever it is that you have your hopes set on (which appears stagnant), is in fact being processed to render you a bountiful harvest. Just like the Chinese bamboo, in due season you will see the results of your good work. The manifestation of your purposed place in Him will be performed, no matter what it looks like now. We can be confident that our seed will grow even when we cannot measure progress. The fullness of your profession, home life, ministry, and gift may not yet appear what it shall be (1 John 3:2).
But be sure of this, the time you have spent in waiting will not compare to what is to come. The Lord seeks to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). Stay the course. Keep consistent; do not tarry or waver. His promises are yea and amen.