When I was a little girl, my grandfather brought home the most adorable puppy; black fur with light brown eyebrows and that puppy energy. Every time I visited, I asked if he’d given the puppy a name. After having the dog for weeks, he told me he’d finally named the dog: “Yet”. I asked why he named the dog “Yet,” certainly not a typical pet name. He replied, “everyone keeps asking me if I’ve named him yet, so I named him Yet.”
Maybe I also need a life that answers to the call of “Yet.”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “yet” is defined as: up to now, so far, continuously up to the present, in the future, still to come.
When God says wait, I become impatient. I want to reach the next destination – and quickly. I don’t often see the links between my past steps and where I’m going. I don’t live continuously up to the present, trusting that each step is taking me to what is still to come. I struggle to trust God and his plans for what is still to come in my life.
Perhaps, though, if I answered to the call of “yet,” I’d walk forward in hope. I’d be better able to trust in God. I’d know that my “not yet” is leading to God’s “better yet”.
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Do you have a life that answers to the call of “yet”?
When God Says Wait – 3 Reasons to Trust in God
1) Yet is the awareness that all your steps in the past and present build to your future.
When you tune your life into God’s lead, you begin to see the threads that connect your past to your present. You see how God has been able to use even your wrong turns and disobedience to guide you to where you are. Every step will be made useful, every experience will shape who you are to become.
All your steps will yet make sense…
2) Yet is the acknowledgment you are still becoming and there is work still to be done in this season.
When you feel stuck and unable to move forward, maybe you need to acknowledge there is still work to be done here. More healing, more learning, more experience, more dreaming. God may have a reason for keeping you where you are, so figure out why you’re in this place and make the most of it.
There is work yet to be done…
3) Yet is the promise of more to come in the future.
If you haven’t yet arrived, then there must be more to come. Take hope that you are still becoming, still stepping into your call, still finding your way. The best is yet to come. As you continue to journey closer to God, finding your faith, developing that closer relationship with Jesus, learning to fully trust in God, you will find more strength, peace, love, forgiveness, hope, joy, and purpose than you ever knew.
Your life’s purpose is yet to be fully realized…
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)
Trust in God’s “yet still” to lead you to “better yet”
Don’t let “not yet” discourage you! Instead, take heart in the “yet.”
Trust in God’s “yet still,” to take all of who you have been and transform it into who you will become. If you’re in the “not yet,” maybe you’re still in the transformation. Submit to “yet” and be the clay in the potter’s hands. Trust that “not yet” will lead you to “better yet.”
Trusting God – 4 Weeks to Find Peace & Strength in the Storm
Learning to trust God with your life is no easy feat. Yet, it may be the best thing you can do for your life. If you’re struggling to trust God in the storms of your life, not sure God can really help with your troubles or don’t know where to even begin, I invite you to join the Trusting God study.
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This post is part of the “Imagine God’s Possible” series. For more information or to read other posts in the series, click here: Dream the Impossible… Imagine God’s Possible
We live in the now and not yet, don’t we Kathryn. I LOVE the Message version of that verse. It’s so cheering. How wonderful to know that we always have hope. The best is yet to come.
I’ve always loved that verse, but the wording in that Message version just gave it new life to me – describes the discernment journey so well. The best IS yet to come!
Mary Geisen says
I am finding that I love the word “yet” because of all the possibilities that are still out there. As you know I believe that more is yet to come and many times I believe it will be my best yet because I am allowing God to fully lead the way. Exciting, scary and just what I need as I learn to follow God with my whole being. Great post and I’m so glad for your words along the way. Blessings!
yes – exciting and scary all mixed together are what the future feels like for me – but mostly exciting to think about the possibilities of what God can do with my life if I’ll just say ‘yes’ to wherever He’s leading me. Can’t wait to read this next chapter.
Well interesting yet has been awhile sometimes when we ask we are not told or not allowed to figure the why out jusy to obey. I have been just asking what is next sometimes i am told sometimes i cant hear anything.
It’s hard to just blindly obey, isn’t it? I often wish God would just give me a roadmap of where He’s taking me, with detailed directions and a clear destination. But, that’s not His way… I thought the verse from 1 Corinthians 13:12 described this journey so well – somedays, we’re peering through the fog (sometimes so dense we can’t see anything), yet every now and then, the sun shines through and illuminates a next step. There’s such hope in that verse that we’ll eventually move into the light and see the path more clearly and see how all the steps we’ve taken have led us to where we are.
Good post! I’ve always felt like my life is in that “yet” stage. Thank you for your encouragement! Visiting from #coffeeforyourheart.
I’m living in that “yet” stage, too – maybe we’re always in a “yet” stage, between who we are and who we’ll become next. God’s always at work growing us, so maybe we’re not meant to ever feel completely settled and ‘arrived’.
Abby Breuklander says
Love love and love!! I can’t tell you how much I needed this today!!
I’m so glad this one connected for you and encouraged you!
Love this perspective. Thanks Kathryn!
Ginger Harrington says
This is my first time to link with you. I love your blog. It looks great and your series look intriguing. Yet has a world of possibilities, doesn’t it? It points us forward and leaves the door open for God to come in. Lovely post today. I’ll enjoy sharing this:)
Thanks, Ginger! Discerning ‘what’s next’ is both a world of exciting possibilities and a land of scary ‘what if’s’. Looking forward to spending the summer finding encouragement for the journey. Glad you stopped by!