Life lately has felt like a really really fast roller-coaster and a long road. Let me explain by first sharing these verses from Psalm 40: 1-5, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.’ I’m realizing that so much of life requires patient, quiet waiting. Yet I stink at the ‘wait’ part and the ‘patient’ part. The hard part for me is being patient. It’s kind of like recovery and my health; I wanted to recover right away. I wanted to get my period back right away, but it took at least 2-3 years of intentionally being gentler and kinder to my body and wiser about my exercise.
Yet it all took me learning to be patient. And I had to learn that I couldn’t just ‘make myself’ be patient. The Lord Jesus worked on me. The Holy Spirit produced that fruit of the Spirit in me, because I couldn’t do it by myself. I couldn’t just be a patient person. Yet every circumstance, every moment was another way of teaching me patience.
Patience has been an incredible road. It’s been amazing. It’s been amazing to SLOOWWW down and actually patiently wait on the Lord and stop to see what God has already done and what He is doing right now in this moment.
Learning to be patient has taught me that while I’m waiting God is still and always working.
You may look at the state of the world and be discouraged.
But don’t be, because God is working. God is changing people’s hearts. He is taking sinners out of darkness into the light. It may not appear ‘instantaneous’ to us, but to God He isn’t limited by time. He is from everlasting to everlasting!
It kind of reminds me of this old gospel song. While I’m Waiting, God is Working – Legacy 5
‘While I’m waiting,
God is working,
He is working overtime,
When I’m hiding in the bushes,
He is on the firing line,
When I think the battles over,
When’s my backs against the wall,
While I’m waiting,
God is working,
He is working through it all.
There are many common circumstances on the road of life,
I’ve had some sorrow, some trouble, and strife,
On my own I can’t find the way to the Father’s will,
That’s why I’ve learned to stand still.’
I’m not saying that I just sit around and do nothing, but there are desires I have. I’ll share some of those desires here.
I would love to know my calling, what the Lord wants me to do.
I would love to get married if God wills and have children!
Those are just two of the things that have been on my mind lately, but the beauty is that my life story is unfolding in His timing. It’s teaching me to hope and believe in God’s promises. It’s taught me to step back in awe and just look at the glorious things God has done and how AWESOME God is.
Daniel 5:2-3, ‘I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.’
This waiting has taught me to search and thank God for seeing His grace in every day, to look beyond the news, and see how Jesus Christ has won and changed so many people’s lives, and how Jesus Christ is my hope, He is my Lord, and He is the BEST Friend that one could ever have.
Waiting is good. I’m learning to wait. It’s not an easy thing, but in the meanwhile, I’m learning to enjoy:
Movie Nights and Talking About the Good/Bad Things in the Movies With My Sisters
Low Key Bible Times
Times of Worship and Prayer with my Family and Church Family
Talking about All God’s Wondrous Works with My Family
Eating Ice Cream or Fro Yo With Friends and Hearing About How God Has Worked in Their Lives
Savoring Fresh Morning Country Air and Running Along With Dogs
Taking Mid Afternoon Naps and Laying In Hammocks Outside
All of those things have taught me that season of waiting will always be part of the Christian’s life on this earth, but I can find the sweetness in waiting on God’s perfect timing, waiting, knowing that God ALWAYS works out things for good to those redeemed children of God like myself, and it’s ALL because of His grace.
It’s all because of Jesus. I can continually hope in Him, because I know He never fails. I will definitely fail, but He doesn’t.
Ok, how about you:
Do you struggle to wait for things?
Are there ways you have seen God work as you are in seasons of waiting?