Have you ever felt unseen?
Have you ever wondered if you’re invisible to everyone else?
Have you ever felt like you were hiding in plain sight?
David was anointed king of Israel at a very young age. Yet, after he was anointed he didn’t ascend the throne… he went back out to tending sheep. He didn’t live a glamorous life in the spotlight. He spent his days in the fields caring and protecting stupid sheep. He then had a moment of popularity when he defeated Goliath. Yet, he still wasn’t king. He became known to the king he was meant to replace and befriended his son. Years went by and still no throne for David. Now, he is fleeing for his life from the current king. The future king anointed by God is on the run in the desert hiding in caves. *see 1 Samuel 22-24 for a backstory on these events*
Not exactly what you would envision as the life of a future king. We tend to think once we are anointed and discover our calling life just falls into place.
That’s not exactly how it works. Granted, for some that may be the case. But for others, there are years of going back to the mundane, fleeing for your life, and hiding from those intending to harm you.
You might think, “okay but God has told you what you’re supposed to do so just go do it”. Well, that might not be the way He is intending it to happen.
Maybe you’ve got to figure out how to do the lowest status positions before you’re given the glory of a kingdom.
Maybe you’re hiding away in the present so you can take control and lead in the future.
Maybe you’ve got to remain hidden until the proper time in order to stay alive. If you go out guns blazing right now, you might get killed before you’re able to fulfill your purpose.
Your feeling of hiddenness is saving you.
You’re not being hidden out of neglect, rather protection. God’s hand is still on you, but instead of pushing you forward, it’s covering you.
Maybe it logically seems as if the opportunity to burst out of hiding is approaching, but make sure it’s not your flesh trying to rush the process. You might have the opportunity to slay the enemy who is chasing you, but maybe it’s just a test to see how much you trust God’s timing and faithfulness.
Learn to appreciate the hiding place.
Learn while you’re in the hiding place.
Grow from every opportunity you’re given in the hiding place.
One day, you will be crowned and the culmination of all the years will be fulfilled. But take the time to figure out the purpose of the current season. The hiding place is not a wasted place. Each season has a purpose, so don’t waste it. It’s tough to wait and sit by when you’ve heard from God, but don’t start acting of your own accord.
Trust the process.
Trust the One who called you.