Updated: Jul 24, 2019
Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is precise: a shield to all those that wait in him.
Do you ever find yourself waiting for an upcoming event, special occasion (birthday, Vaca, promotion, etc), or a fulfillment of a prayer? We can get so consumed with that event that we stop living and being productive in the NOW.
I have found this exact thing happening to me in this long 3 1/2 year wilderness process of waiting for total healing and restoration in my body, voice, and mind. Let me tell you, it has been the hardest testing of my faith in 50 plus years. I have prayed and stood on God's word since I was 15 years old and God always showed Himself to be evident in my life through the Holy Spirit who leads me through wisdom, direction, favor and His loving arms of compassion and comfort. But, this battle was totally different in every way.
I started this battle confessing what the Word of God says about me in power and authority of the God of the universe. I could almost hear God backing me up and saying " Yes girl" that's the way to do it. Then as the years started to drag on, my faith and proclamation of God's word concerning my situation started to have less volume and enthusiasm behind my words. The chronic pain started to get the best of me, no voice to talk to my loved ones for more than a couple of minutes, yet sing and minister like I used to. I pressed on though, I never relented on my worship and pursuing God for healing and answers. I had a checklist of all the things I thought I needed to talk to God about, I would show Him all the things that I did that lined up with His word.... my checklist (formula), but still no manifestations of what I was praying for. It was at the beginning of year 3 that I started to mourn the person I was, and that’s what a doctor said I should do to stay afloat in mind and heart. I felt like everyone else is living their life but, I'm just on the bleachers watching my life go by and being unfulfilled, unhappy and just waiting for my 'suddenly' miracle to appear.
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. -
You can find many bible stories of those that clung to God's promises even in the midst horrible and painful circumstances that took decades for them to see their promise come to fruition. Men such as Abraham, Noah, David, Jacob, and Joseph. God allowed them to endure such tragedy, sadness, pain and crushing tests and trials so that they could be that cloud of witnesses that show us that we too WILL overcome as we continue in perseverance and endurance.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Why God? Have you ever asked God that question? I know we all have at one time in our life, yes you. The 'Why' is usually not the answer to all your questions. It would sometimes be good to know if there is something God needs to show you in the natural realm that you can change and get an easy fix, what a blessing that would be. We all would want God to be so quick to make changes that don't really involve us walking out a promise through a journey of faith.
Can I get an amen?????
There’s a difference between simply waiting and waiting patiently.
As I continue in my journey I keep God's precious promises in front of my eyes daily. It is my daily bread, nourishing my spirit and soul and worth more to me than food itself.
We think God will bless us mysteriously and miraculously when really it could be much easier if we just take the time to be present in our now!
Ok, but what if it takes a really long time for him to respond?
Wait. Be patient. Endure hardships.
God isn’t our bellhop, Sometimes He wants us to wait. He wants us to practice our faith by trusting in Him to provide what it is that we have asked for. Your Faith is a muscle that gets stronger the longer we work it out.
He wants us to be patient too, Faith and patience are your power twins.
Hebrews 6:12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
God wants to tailor what he has for us to meet our needs and much more but we have to be patient
No matter what you’re waiting for, remember that life is about so much more than waiting—it’s about remembering to live the best way you can right NOW!
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.
If you are in those silent years and experiencing what I shared about please let me know so I can pray for you.
Patiently waiting on God,