In HIS Presence


Read: Haggai 1:1-14 

Meditation verse: 

The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of  Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the  spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house  of the Lord of hosts, their God.” (Haggai 1:14). 

The feelings of restlessness that show up at midlife can turn out to be a blessing.  For true transformation to take place; you must get to an impasse’. An ‘impasse’  is a “deep feeling of being stuck. You may feel deflated, caged in, restless or  bored. It is a point you get to, and you say to yourself: “something just has to  give way”. An impasse typically occurs during major transitions in life such as the  death of a loved one, financial setbacks or the yawning of an empty nest (when  the children all leave home) which normally occurs at midlife. 

Though a scary place to be in, especially if you are uncomfortable with change,  an impasse is necessary. It’s the best place to define a new vision for your life. It  can become a springboard to real change. For every change to a ‘better me’ that  has taken place in my life, I have had to get to a point of impasse. From dealing  with the excess weight to overcoming the fear that prevented me from moving  forward. Every single battle I have fought in my life, I have had to fight first in  my mind, and it started with ’feelings of restlessness’.  

However, for the restlessness to lead to real change, you must recognize,  interpret, and accept it as an opportunity for a new beginning. There is a blessing  in feeling restless, especially in midlife when the tendency is to slow down. At  midlife, you are a bundle of experiences, abilities, wisdom, skills, and talents that  can be a huge blessing to someone out there. Inside you is a pool of ideas,  dreams and visions that still needs to be birthed. There is still a book to be  written, a business to begin, a project to initiate, a relationship to develop, a  dream to launch, an initiative that would benefit the world. There’s still so much  you are carrying inside of you. But without the restlessness and stirring, you  remain at ease, and everything remains dormant. The tugging may be the Holy  Spirit stirring your heart towards what God wants you to birth at this season of  your life. 


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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