Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. John 8:12 NKJV
When you enter an elevator, you usually don’t consider it not operating as it should. That is until you find yourself stuck on a stubborn elevator that refuses to move. No matter how many buttons are pushed, the elevator is paralyzed in between floors 5 and 6. You are forced to wait for the building engineer, or other good Samaritan, to come release you from being suspended in mid air. This is exactly where I found myself several months ago. I was stuck in an elevator with three other people. Of course our first response was to sound the emergency alarm to alert someone that we were in distress. As we waited anxiously in the dark elevator for someone to come save us, I noticed that a red light started flashing. Directly under the light was a sign that read, “When the light flashes, help is on the way.” Seeing that red light continuously blink gave us all a glimpse of hope as we stood waiting to be freed from the stagnant elevator.
Once we were released and I had an opportunity to reflect on the day’s events, I had an “aha” revelation! That light is Jesus! Our problems tend to have us feeling like we are stuck, going nowhere. We are excessively pushing buttons trying to get things to shift and nothing is happening. Careers are stagnant, finances aren’t fluid, and movement to better seems impossible. Fortunately, there is a light flashing in each of our lives and it means that help is on the way! That light is Jesus! He is on His way to rescue you out of your period of non-movement. Similar to the elevator engineer who freed us, Jesus has the essentials tools for reactivating motion in your life.
A flashing light may indicate that Jesus is on His way to save you but what it does not indicate is when you will be released. As I stood on that elevator with those three other individuals, we had no choice but to converse with each other until the engineer fixed our folly. As a result of that mishap, I forged a relationship with a co-worker that may have otherwise never existed. Now we often joke that our elevator meeting was divinely inspired. When we are stuck on the elevators of our lives, there are some things that must come out of our motionless seasons. Yes, our Savior is on the way to get us out, but have we learned the lesson that He intended? Have we formed new relationships or eliminated useless ones? Are we more prepared? Do we have the tenacity, determination, discipline and focus to sustain the new level when our situation finally shifts? As you wait for your help, get everything that He intends for you to gain. Remember the longer it takes you to get the lesson, the longer you will have to remain suspended in mid air, between your past and your next.
I am so blessed to know that whenever I am in distress or in a season of my life where I feel like I am not going anywhere, You are always ready to deliver me! I pray that You grant me the patience to wait for You to release me. While I am waiting, please help me to receive the lesson and skills that I am supposed to learn in my stuck elevator period. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you realize that help is on the way! Your stagnancy is only for a season. Relax and get the lessons that He is trying to teach while you wait for your release. I EMPOWER you to see the Light flashing because Jesus is on His way!
Can you recall a time when you just felt STUCK? How did you remain patient and hopeful while you waited for God to move you?
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. She is the owner of Pizzazzed Plus, a custom sweets boutique. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.