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Stuck (When Life Takes A Pause)

Getting stuck on an airplane with 100 annoying people can be a drag. Getting stuck in our life’s story can be even more dismal.

In my journey, I’m a professional at getting stuck. In fact, my life has been a story of moving forward…pause…a few steps forward…pause…a few steps back…pause…and so on, and so on…

Once I was flying from Denver to Baltimore when a blizzard-like snow storm hit Colorado right when my flight was scheduled to leave. All the passengers had boarded, but we got stuck in the worst snowstorm in ages, just like the one in Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer!!! Torrential! Alright, it wasn’t that bad, but let me tell you, a guy from Charlotte isn’t used to that amount of snow! Four hours later, after de-icing the plane, we left for Baltimore. FOUR HOURS LATER. That is the same amount of time it takes to get from Denver to Baltimore. The destination took double the amount of time than I originally planned, leaving me stuck with a bunch of grouchy passengers (myself included) on a cramped airplane.

Life can often feel like I’m back there, stuck on that airplane next to an obnoxious passenger. Yet, instead of a snow storm, I’m stuck in doubt, fear, questions, and uncertainty. Should I keep writing? Will anyone care if I give it up? What should I do for a day job? Should I have continued pursuing my acting career, despite how it was ruining our finances? Did I pick the wrong major in college? Should I have written a book a long time ago? Should I be…Could I be…What if…? These are all questions that have plagued me for years.

I know, most of you can’t relate. I’m probably speaking to myself on this one…Or am I? Isn’t this something that we all have been through at some point in our lives? Uncertainty about the investments we’re making, doubt over the relationships we lost (or made), questions over missed opportunities, and regrets about dreams we gave up too soon?

But here’s something to think about: what if we’re not stuck at all? Even in the moments we feel stuck, what if God has us in that place for a reason? What if healing, growth, and new visions can be found during the quiet hour of life?

“I am sure God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.” – C.S. Lewis

My resume may not be impressive, but I’m an expert at feeling stuck. If I may, let me ask you: wouldn’t it be nice to dream again? Wouldn’t it be incredible to rest in God’s arms while the storm is raging? Wouldn’t it be blissful to be at peace with your current circumstances, knowing that tomorrow will bring a new adventure?

Whether you feel stuck in a job you dislike, your financial growth appears set on pause, or your dreams are far from reality isn’t the real question at hand.

The real question we should be asking is this: what is God doing in this season of waiting? Is He asking for our hearts? Does He want our attention? Is there a new dream we’re missing in the busyness of life?

What do you think? Do you feel like you’re stuck for no good reason, or could this be God speaking into your soul?