Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing. I told him to ask me the next week. I had just started a big project that was costing me more time and money than I had expected. I was overwhelmed with the slow progress. And it seemed at times we were going backwards more than forwards. But, the end result might end up being much better than I could have hoped for. It was just too early to know.
He then replied that I was in the “Draw Back” phase. “It’s like a bow and arrow. Anytime God wants to send you forward, He first has to draw you back”. Wow, I had never thought of it that way. But how many times had I started something new and positive in my life, only to face difficulties and challenges and wonder whether it was even worth it to continue?
When I have not been to the gym in a while, and I go to lift weights, I can lift a decent amount on my first trip. Over the next few days, my muscles become very sore. The next time I go to work out, I cannot lift the same amount that I did the first time. I am lifting much less AND it hurts! Remind me again why I am doing this? After a few weeks, the soreness is gone and I am able to not only lift the original amount but much more. That is the “Draw Back” effect.
When you feel called to start something new and are met with disappointment and failure, don’t stop. You’re just in the “Draw Back” effect. If you continue on, you will be launched into the new things you were called to do.
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