Why a season of boredom may not be a bad thing:
1.) It teaches us we are not as important as we like to think we are. Don’t misunderstand me. Always keeps an appropriate perspective of how God views you. To God you are VERY important. He sent His Son to die for you. He chose you, and He delights in you. As far as the world goes, though, in the scheme of things, boredom will teach you humility real quick. If the hustle and bustle are taken away, and you’re life is put into an inactive corner for a time, you realize importance in the world’s hierarchy is only relative to position. Take a lowly position, be the doer of the daily things for a while, and you realize a humble pill may have been what you needed all along. Nothing is actually about you. Not even your life.
2.) You will learn that one of Satan’s greatest lies is that if you spend most of your days fulfilling a minute purpose then you must be of small purpose or purposeless altogether. This has been a huge struggle for me. I’ll be honest. When God tells me in His Word that He has plans for me, I expect them to be extraordinary plans–and by this I mean MY misguided definition of extraordinary (in case you think I see God’s plan for me as anything less). I’m envious of people whose whole life is dedicated to their extraordinary God-purpose: Missionaries embarking on the unknown, speakers who can stir hearts and teach clear truths, those evangelistic people who can walk up to anyone and share the Gospel–the list might never end. So how come God says He has plans for me, and then plops me in the middle of a season where I pass my days doing little of nothing that matters to anyone? Because for some reason this season matters to God.
I firmly believe it’s the unbearable times that He uses to shape us into the purpose-driven person He wants us to be. If I can trust God that I have purpose during the time that Satan would have me believe I have no purpose at all, then imagine what mountains I can climb with that trust after this valley is done?!
3.) When it seems God has given you nothing to do–Pray. Feel like you live Ground Hog Day or something? Pray. And I don’t just mean for direction out of your STUCK status (although pray for that, too); I mean pray about EVERYTHING. These last couple of weeks I’ve been realizing that if you feel like you’re in a place where you can’t do much, then PRAY MUCH! About everything. Your own hopes and fears. Other people’s hopes and fears. Pray about what God is teaching you in the boredom. Pray for those missionaries, those speakers, those sharers who aren’t as shy as you. Pray. Pray. Pray. That way even when you can’t explain to yourself anything else God wants you doing, you can say: “But I’m praying.” For myself, so many people have crossed my path lately about whom I think: “That’s why God’s put me where He has me. To pray for that person right there.”
4.) This goes along with praying. When it seems God has given you nothing to do–Listen. First to God. Be in His Word EVERY DAY. Swim in it. Drown in it. You can’t know what God wants for your life if you’re not listening to Him. Second, listen to the people around you. You can’t know how to pray if you don’t have your finger on the pulse of the needs around you. For myself, God has put me in a season of boredom surrounded by people who are going through HARD things. I can’t help but think He has put me here to be the ear and the heart they need as they cry and feel broken and do their own searching. God asks us to be compassionate. Sometimes the greatest compassion you can give to anyone is simply to listen. This world is full of sharers, but not many people truly listen. Maybe God put me somewhere where I can’t do much but listen and pray, to do exactly that: Listen and pray.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Maybe we have to stop looking for what WE can do for God (as if we’re so important, we add something to God’s greatness), and start looking for what He’s ALREADY DOING through us. Maybe that’s where the greatest opportunity lies!
“And we urge you, brother, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 14-17