Let’s get real for a second. Sometimes in life there are weird, frustrating seasons where your God-given gifts and talents seem to be just collecting dust. Like they’re placed on a shelf with no expiration date in sight making it feel like your purpose has been put on hold.

I know I’m not alone in this feeling. Maybe you’re a fellow musician who’s not making music, a writer who’s not writing, or a leader who’s not leading. It’s hard to see our friends thriving in their callings while we’re stuck in this in-between season.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes about the body of Christ and how each member has a unique role to play. But, what about when we feel like our purpose has been put on pause? It doesn’t make us any less part of the body of Christ. If anything, I think it makes us a more relatable part of the body.

In this season, we may not be using our gifts in the way we’re used to, or the way we imagined, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still a vital part of the body. We may be in a season of rest, preparation, or transition, but God is still working in and through us.

This season of pause isn’t a waste. It’s not a pause in our purpose, but a pivot. It’s an opportunity to find new ways to use our gifts, even if it’s not the way we expected.

For me, that means using my creativity in everyday moments. I may not be writing a novel, but I’m writing letters to my loved ones. I may not be painting masterpieces, but I’m creating a beautiful home and childhood for my little girl. And can I tell you, that allowing God to breathe into these other facets of creativity in my life is just as rewarding and fulfilling.

I’m also learning to serve others in new ways. I may not be leading a team, but I’m leading my family. I may not be singing on a stage, but I’m singing lullabies to my daughter and praises to my Creator daily.

This season can be quiet. But in that quiet, I’m hearing God’s voice more clearly. I’m discovering new ways He wants to use me, even if it’s not in the way I thought.

So, if you’re in this in-between season with me, know you are not alone. Our purpose hasn’t been put on pause; it’s just being redirected. Look for the everyday moments, opportunities to serve, ways to worship, and the quiet whispers of God’s voice. And let’s trust that He’s still working in and through us, even when we can’t see it. Yet.

By: MJ Cisneros

Communications Manager

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