I couldn’t have children right away. Now, I’m glad for the timing of it all. But in the wait, it seemed like it might never happen. Sometimes we don’t get what we want when we want it, or expect it. God’s timing is perfect. He knows what He’s doing and can see things we can’t.
For at least 8 years I’ve known God was calling me away from my Nursing career to do other things. I knew His calling for me involved ministry but wasn’t sure exactly how it would look. For at least 5 years God has made it clear I would be communicating His truth, whether through speaking or writing. Through His Word, words of people, dreams in the night that I knew were from Him, He confirmed this calling but didn’t give a blueprint or timetable.
Eight years… five years… These things didn’t happen right away. There was a lot of waiting for God, and still is, and always will be. Truth is, I never want to get ahead of God. The most fulfilling way to live is right alongside Him, day by day. HIs Word says,
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31
I don’t know about you, but I want to:
renew my strength…
mount up with wings…to soar…
run without growing weary…
walk without becoming faint…
I think there must be something to this “waiting on the Lord” thing.
What is it you’re waiting for…a job, the man (or woman) of your dreams, the fulfillment of your calling, to have children, special friends, or physical or emotional healing (for you or someone you love)? Are you starting to question God or your ability to hear Him? Are you growing tired in the wait?
I get anxious like everyone else, but here are a few things about waiting God has taught me through the years…
-We may not be ready, and God knows this. God has time to prepare us in the wait. The journey TO the destination may be the point altogether. It takes time and process to get us where we need to be…spiritually, emotionally, physically, and so on.
-It may not be about us. Maybe there are other people God wants to prepare and pull into this journey with us. Perhaps He’s still readying them and getting them in place.
-Waiting breaks us of our need for things to satisfy or our need for instant gratification. We appreciate it all the more when we finally get it, if we’ve waited.
-IT’s an opportunity to draw nearer to God. Pray and praise Him in the wait.
-Don’t despise the days of small beginnings. Whether with little or with much, God wants us to find our joy in Him, doing all that we do (mundane or not) for Him and His glory. If we’re content with the Lord, it won’t matter if we minister to one, or to a room full. If we’re content with Him, we won’t have to find that perfect man (which doesn’t exist this side of heaven) or have children to finally be fulfilled. I’m certain He wants us to get that lesson before He moves us forward. HE is all we need. Time with Him is more important than what/who we’re waiting for or where we’re headed.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” ~Psalm 37:4
-Man’s rejection may be God’s protection. If timing is off or we try to control, we may find ourselves face to face with rejection and hurt. Looking back over the times I’ve been rejected, I know now God was protecting me, my calling, and His plans. He wanted the timing to be His. He wanted His fingerprints all over it, so in the end He would receive all the glory.
-Miracles happen when we learn to let God. We’re not the miracle makers, God is. We have to learn to relinquish control to Him if we want to see the miracle. God may ask us to let go of certain things, maybe even things we love, in exchange for greater. Once we learn to unclench our fists to those things we’re hanging onto so tightly (maybe things that are tied to our identity), God can then fill our hands with greater things. We have to learn to trust Him. He wants us to rest in Him, to cease striving, to stop controlling and forcing. Let go and let Him…
“Be still and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10
One thing’s for sure, if God promised it, He is true to His promises. We can’t undo His promises. He is faithful.
If He said it, we can count on it!