An Invitation to STAY By: Buffi Crump

Have you ever been somewhere you didn’t feel comfortable staying? Maybe it’s a season you just can’t wait to be over, a relationship that seems beyond repair, a job you don’t love anymore, or this current predicament we find ourselves in with COVID-19. It could be the season of motherhood with little ones, toddlers with tantrums, or hormonal preteens and “know it all” teenagers that has you in a place of loneliness, anxiety, and insecurities.
 
I have found myself in seasons where I just didn’t want to stay and it felt like too much to bear. But Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
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Ladies, wherever you find yourself,  whether it’s in these previously seasons mentioned or somewhere else you’d rather not be…may I invite you to stay? Don’t give up!
 
I know it’s not easy to come face to face with the reality of our current circumstances. It may feel overwhelming, downright impossible, lonely, even dark, but I’m reminded of a verse in Exodus 20:21, “As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.
 
Did you catch that? God was in the dark cloud. We often times run away from, avoid and cringe at the thought of entering a dark season, much less staying there. Now I’m not saying we should stay camped out there forever, but what I want to challenge us with today is entering in with the intention of staying, until God is finished with us.
 
I know it’s hard to stay in any one situation too long. I remember as a little girl I couldn’t wait to be a teenager so I could drive. Then I couldn’t wait to graduate so I could move out and have some independence. As a young woman, I couldn’t wait to get married, then have kids, then sleep through the night again… Nowadays, my thought is when will these kids grow up? We’re always looking to the next circumstance or season to be better than the last. 
 
At times, we can be at a standstill where it doesn’t feel like things are changing or moving fast enough, and perhaps God seems silent. I’d encourage you to go back to the last time you did hear God and see if you obeyed what he said. Oftentimes God will keep us right where we are until we’ve learned a lesson – the lesson may be as simple as being content with where we are. Other times it may be something we need to heed, to start or even stop. 
 
I’ve been challenged in my own life when seasons or circumstances are not ideal; I need to press in and stay until God is done.  I invite you to STAY, even if it’s in the difficult and dark areas of life so that you can learn, honor and bring glory to God.
 
I’m reminded of a song that’s resonated very personally lately called “Keep Me in the Moment”, by Jeremy Camp. These few lines have really challenged me:
 
Singing oh Lord, keep me in the moment
Help me live with my eyes wide open
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me
Singing oh Lord, show me what matters
Throw away what I’m chasing after
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me (what you have for me)
Keep me in the moment
Oh, keep me in the moment
Keep me in the moment
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me (oh)
When I wake up in the morning
Lord, search my heart
Don’t let me stray
I just wanna stay where you are
 
Check out the full song here: