Who in their childhood has ever owned one of those little toy cars where you have to pull it backwards on itself to cause it to propel forward? My brother had many of those little cars and whenever he played with them, I would join in. My kids also had them. I remember my son in particular playing with them for ages. He would sit at the end of the hallway and pull one of those little cars back as far as it would go until there was no more movement in its mechanics and then, with great expectation, let it go. The thrill of seeing that car take off at full speed to the end of the hallway made my son want to make the effort to get up, go get that car, run back to the end of the hallway again, put all his effort into pulling that car back on its wheels as far as it would go, just to see it speed to towards the other end of the corridor once again. His hope was to always see that little toy car go further than the time before, and whenever it did, my husband and I would cheer along with him.

Momentum is defined as progress that increases in speed, the force that keeps an object moving. Once you push it, it keeps going under its own momentum. (Cambridge Dictionary) Momentum doesn’t just happen. Momentum occurs when there has been a period of pull back to cause tension before it is released. It is not negative tension, but stretching tension. 

You will find as you journey through life, there will be times of tension. It will feel like you are being pulled back instead of moving forward. It is during those times you will get frustrated with yourself and with God. You will question God saying; ‘Why is this happening Lord? I am doing everything you are asking me to do. Why is it so hard all of a sudden?’ When these times come, the question is not, ‘Why is this happening Lord,’ but rather, ‘What are you teaching me or telling me right now Lord, that is going to be beneficial in propelling me further ahead?’  

Often during those tension times, God is trying to get your attention. Just like those little cars are meant to be pulled back and are held in position for a moment in time in order for them to be ready to give their best performance when released, God pulls you back so He can prepare you for what is coming up next. Don’t despise the tension. It is in that place where you will dig deep wells with God. Listen to His voice and open your heart to receive His rhema word for your next step. Take time to praise Him for who He is not what He can do for you. You don’t want to miss this Holy tension time. This is the place God will reveal a little more of Himself to you which you had not discovered before. It will be pure gold. When God sees that you are fully immersed in what He has pulled you back for, He is going to release you to use the gems He has spoken into your spirit to take you further than you thought you would ever go. 

Q: Have you found yourself in the tension zone yet? If so, don’t resist it but allow God to speak to you. Write down what He is saying to you. 

Q: If you are not in this tension zone yet but have experienced it in the past, how did you respond to it? 

Q: What have you learnt through today’s devotion about tension and momentum?


But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired. Isaiah 40:31 (ERV)

This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your Word brings me hope. Psalm 130:5 (TPT)

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Published by Deborah Hilton

I am passionate about seeing people connected with their purpose. To rise up and not be afraid to take that first step because you can trust God in your journey. As you read the journey I took in my book called Just Say Yes, you will find that you too can have confidence to walk your own. Deb x

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