I reflect a lot. I spend a lot of my days in meditation thinking about the present moment and lingering on what’s to come from what has happened. And in the past year I’ve noticed a stark change in my environment that was probably there before my awareness of it. I’ve been on a journey of one. Just me. This was a big realization for me, because I’ve always been an independent spirit. I’ve always done things on my own since I was a child. But this was very different. It felt, it feels TBH, like I was isolated from everyone else. And I went to God about this, praying over this, because for the first time in my life I felt like I was by myself. I had God, but it was just us. And as I looked around I wasn’t feeling lonely, but naturally I felt disconnected. The more I prayed, the more God answered. And this past Sunday at church He sent a message to explain it all to me.  

Maybe you’ve been having similar feelings and I want to share with you the message I heard on Sunday. God is intentionally isolating us so that we can incubate and be prepared for what’s to come. We are not alone but in incubation so that God can elevate our lives for His glory. That really hit home for me, because as I looked around I couldn’t find a soul around. It was just me and Jesus. Believe me I know this is the greatest thing that could ever happen to anyone. But the humanness in me wanted to be distracted by the world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed for God to take me into His dwelling place. Just us two. And here I was, yet I was still seeking the world. Why? Because social norms demanded that I purport myself a certain way, with certain people. That I should have this quota of friends and events attended. But God heard my prayers and He is all knowing.  

Just as God knew what would happen to Joseph once he revealed his God dream to his brothers. God knows what going on with us. He is ordaining all of our steps. Many times we don’t like the setting we’re currently in, but we have to trust that God’s in control of the environment. We may not like the scene today, but have faith the story is being written by the Creator, the Author of all things.  

Today I am in incubation, an indefinite and transient period. This time is a personal invitation from Christ to know Him more, to know His love, faith, and unchanging promises. God loves us so much that He’s set us apart to just be with Him in private before the world can know us. What you do with Him in this period, no one else might know, but it’s all for what He has to come. Just as a David fought a bear and lion before he met Goliath, so too are we overcoming obstacles in private that will prepare us for the giants in public.  

Joseph was in prison for over 2 years before his time came. He had his dream at 17 and it didn’t come to fruition for over a decade. In that time God continued to develop him. He never once gave up on his gift of interpreting dreams. I’m sure there were tough days and many things along that way that looked like setbacks, but he pushed through. Joseph kept on developing his gift when no one was noticing or giving him credit.  Listen, I’m preaching to myself here, I know today looks impossible, the dream looks impossible, you’re having doubts, and you’re feeling alone. But I press onto you that you’re not alone and it’s not impossible. Get on your knees and pray, sis. Pray. God has you in incubation and your time is coming. You and I are going through a transformation. God is teaching and revealing to us His character and ours. Right now we’re like a caterpillar in a cocoon, but the day is coming. Our metamorphosis is happening. And before we know it we will emerge like a radiant butterfly. Ready to fly and soar to heights unimagined. 

So sis, you are in a season of incubation, keep trusting, hoping, and praying, in due time you’ll be flying high. As His Word states, "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Amen. 

P.S You can listen to the sermon I heard on the Vous Church podcast titled, God Dream: Incubation Through Isolation. 

Yours Always and Faithfully,