“You’re not forgotten, you’re hidden” – Theresa Daniels
I recently had the opportunity to sit with a dear friend of mine who, along with her husband, pastor a growing ministry in my hometown. As we spent time catching up on times gone by, our discussion expectantly turned to ministry. We dug into the aspects of ups and downs in navigating through what we know God has called us to do in ministry, when at a pivotal point in the conversation she said to me, “You’re not forgotten, you’re hidden”.
Needless to say, her declaration struck something deep within me. Speaking from my own experience, there have been times throughout the years as we’ve “labored in the vineyard” of ministry that I have questioned whether we were really doing what God has called us to do. Were we really in the perfect will of God? Sometimes when you’re doing what you know you are supposed to be doing it is possible to become discouraged, doubtful, and unsure. This usually occurs when what we expected to happen in the time we expected it to happen, doesn’t happen.
Isn’t it wonderful how Father Dear sends someone to reassure us that even in the midst of seemingly negative outcomes and even a little side-tracking as we journey into His purposes that we are right where He wants us to be?
This reminds me of the journey of Joseph the Dreamer in the book of Genesis. This account of Joseph’s journey is a literal depiction of how God will hide those He has anointed and ordained to make dynamic impact for His Kingdom; sometimes in the most unlikely places. Joseph’s story at its beginning in Genesis chapter 37 shows only the end result of his journey but nothing about the pit, the prison or even the palace experiences God would employ to produce the outcome He intended all along.
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand. (Genesis 39:2-3)
I imagine there were times when Joseph questioned the authenticity of the dreams God had given him, but as we dig deeper into the account of his journey, we will see that God affirmed and reaffirmed him all along the way. Even in captivity, the favor of God was with him. However, Joseph was only one among many whom God kept hidden until a time when their unveiling would render the greatest victory. I like to call them Sleeper Agents. Sleeper Agents are anointed, groomed, and fortified in seemingly obscure places until The Lord is ready to release them for His purposes.
Take some time and catch up on the accounts of other Sleeper Agents whom God used in extraordinary ways:
- Moses – Hidden in the back side of the desert (Exodus 3)
- David – Hidden in the fields with sheep (1 Samuel 16)
- Jesus – Hidden through His birth from a virgin (Luke 2)
Finally, dear one… YOU. Yes! You could very well be the next to be unveiled and revealed in this poignant season in the Kingdom of God. You are God’s greatest investment and your time to emerge from obscurity is imminent. Use your final moments in hiding to build your spiritual fortitude so that you will be steadfast, unmovable, and unshakable as God’s agent of glory.
Let’s Pray: Great and Wonderful Father, thank You for reminding us of Your unfailing faithfulness to us. We are grateful for every glimpse of hope and victory along the way as we traverse our road to destiny fulfilled. Help us to consistently trust Your heart concerning us and teach us that even in the hidden place we are not forgotten and most assuredly not alone. In the name of Your Dear Son, Jesus. Amen.
AFFIRMATION: “I AM not forgotten. I AM hidden for the master’s use at His appointed time”.