Have you ever thought to yourself that it's just really hard to wait? I have a million times. I know people right now that are waiting for the right mate, the right job or just the storm to pass. I remember my dad saying after my brother died that it would hurt for a while and then it would be more faint. If you've lost a loved one you know the immense ache you feel and over time it does lessen. You never forget them but it's not as intense as the day they died or even a year later. Time does heal some wounds.
Death is one thing and waiting on God to provide is another. Those moments anticipating when, where and how can be intense. You might even find yourself thinking you have control over the situation. Definitely, don't go in that direction. We need to be proactive always but it isn't our hard work, our fortitude or even our stubbornness that will get the job done. God alone must open a door, bring a mate to us or change the course of a wayward person. We don't have that kind of power. However, we were given a power many of us choose not to use. We were given the opportunity to send prayers to heaven, not just for ourselves but for the world.
As I was sitting listening to Beth Moore in September, I heard prayers out loud going to heaven. It sounded like a symphony and I thought how pleased God must be to hear all these women crying out to him. There were almost 9000 women in that stadium that day. Now quadruple that and what would you hear? Beth didn't get to that point over night. She spent hours researching, writing and spending time on her knees and when I say on her knees, that's exactly where she goes. And now after much prayer, she is going to launch a television show. Did that happen in an instant? No. It happened over time through many tears I'm sure. It happened by walking with Jesus, not for herself, but for others and it happened in God's timing, not hers. Now I'm sure she did some things to get to this moment but God provided the door and the timing.
I know it's hard to wait for the right spouse or the right job, especially when your heart hurts and you need a new avenue. I know it's hard to be alone night after night wondering when that special person is going to complete your life. Those moments are real. Yet, in my heart of hearts, I also know that the Lord of our souls loves us and is going before us. He is preparing our rooms in heaven and He is watching us on earth. I hate waiting just as much as all of you do. I want things to happen right now. Waiting allows me enough time to prepare my heart, my mind and my soul. Waiting builds faith, perseverance and love. Waiting means I have time to learn what God has in store and just like the Israelites, waiting prepares me to fight the next battle.
If I have to wait for my reward, then let me wait patiently, without grumbling and with a whole bunch of prayer. Let me look toward my maker with awe and see that my little life is not as important as His plan. I am just one of His children and I wait just like you and if I'm waiting to do great things then I'm totally okay with waiting. My mom used to say, "The best things come to those that wait." I know she was right because every blessing in my life has come by waiting on the Lord. He has always been my rock and when I'm full of myself, I know it's time to get full of Him.
May today find you well my sisters as the days get darker earlier. Remember to look up and remember all that He has done for you!
Romans 8:19 NIV
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
Psalm 27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait ...
|Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. ... Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! ...
We wait on the Lord, not because it's easy but because it's not. We look for You ABBA as we watch the days turn to night and the years pass like the crow of the rooster. We look forward to Your coming and to the time when waiting means Your glory. Help us to look, watch and wait not for our own interests but for yours. We are not patient by nature but we want to have Your patience. Bless those that wait upon the Lord and watch for Your hand on all things great and small. Also, please bless Beth Moore as she reaches out to thousands of women across the US with this new television endeavor. Her heart is Yours and we all need to live like that! We are watching world wide waiting for you to do miracles on earth and as You establish your glory not just in heaven but on earth. We praise the name of Jesus! AMEN