I literally looked up at the sky and asked, “How much longer?” This was the view from our backyard mid-afternoon.
This is what the skies looked liked today — pretty much the entire day. The weather forecast had predicted that we would likely have some showers. Even with all the windows wide open and the drapes pulled back, there was still that impending sensation that rain was definitely on the radar.
And then the sun went down. Still no rain. *sigh*
I have to admit that there have been times when I felt that GOD was taking His time on a matter that He had promised me would come to fruition. And the funny thing about that is when I think about it, time belongs to Him — He owns it because He created it. So really, do I have room to complain about something that I don’t possess nor have control over?
The other part is that when He says something is going to happen, it most certainly will. GOD is the definition of faithful.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV
My limited human understanding of time and my emotional fluctuations just don’t always make for the best recipe when it comes to waiting on GOD to fulfill His Promises when I don’t see movement or progress in that direction. That’s the crazy that us do-ers and performers live with. We want to see things in motion. Somehow, we equate movement with progress and progress with accomplishment. What I fail to see is that He is working things out behind the scenes and has already dealt with my ‘present issues’ in the future — I simply have to trust Him for all of that.
If I really take the time to consider all that I’ve lived through, it’s a miracle that I’m here writing this to you. There have been some awful and dark places where I didn’t think I would live to see the light of day. The struggles of trying to get out of bed to face the next day — I can recall them with great accuracy and details.
But GOD …
He walked with me in each valley and through each mountain. Yes, through everything — not around or over; and that’s when I knew that there was something on the other side worthwhile. The determination in me would not allow me to let up and as long as I didn’t let go, I could keep going — no matter how much I thought I didn’t have the strength. And I’m here to tell you, that while it was hard, really hard, I pressed on — I learned to lean in. I didn’t push, I pressed. Pushing would’ve been my human self trying to make things happen. Pressing was persistence in believing that GOD had the ability to make it happen the right way and without error.
With every request that I bring to my Heavenly Father, I know He answers them — always in my best interest, which includes the timing of the answer. That’s the blessing of being called His Daughter.
It’s taking me a lifetime to be flexible and adaptable. Anyone else? But I suppose it’s in those moments of being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d I’m being transformed from the inside out and becoming pliable and moldable for life’s unexpected situations. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to come alongside someone else and help them wait.
Are you waiting with bated breath for an answer to prayer, Friend? Go ahead and share in the comments if you’re comfortable and we’ll agree with you for it.
“Lord, it’s not easy to let go of the things we are anxious to see fulfilled. Your Word calls us to remember that that You are the answer to not only the request, but the anxiety and worry as well. We cast these things at Your feet, GOD, because we know that You don’t want us to carry it around. Your Word says where two or more are gathered, You are there in their midst. So we know you hear these cries for help. Thank You for loving on us in the midst of our imperfect waiting. Thank You for bending down to hear our prayers. We praise You for Your perfect Will in all matters. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary