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I don’t know about you but I HATE waiting. But here lately I find that God is telling me to wait. To give Him time to work out His plans in my life. Waiting has never ever been something I’m very good at. In fact I’m probably one of the most impatient people you will ever meet.
But here’s something that I’m realizing. Waiting on God isn’t like sitting in a stuffy waiting room twiddling our thumbs. Waiting on God is active. The waiting is where we grow closer to Him. Yielding our desires to Him…Calling out to God and talking to Him about anything and everything no matter how small…
As I was thinking about all of this recently I was reminded of another one of my favorite inspirational movies “Fireproof”. In the movie, Caleb and Catherine Holt are planning on getting a divorce. Caleb’s Dad tells him to wait 40 days before filing for divorce and sends him a copy of “The Love Dare”. Caleb starts the book rather reluctantly, doing just the bare minimum. But as time goes on he finds that he really does begin to care for and love his wife again. He learns to not only pray for his wife and marriage but to serve her. He begins to treat her with more kindness, sweep floors, wash dishes and he even ends up making a pretty big change to prove that he is serious about his marriage and is willing to make it work if she is. I won’t say more because I don’t want to ruin it for you…
But here’s the thing that’s encouraging to me. Caleb didn’t just pray and his heart was changed. He worked on it to. He served his wife happily; he treated people with kindness, conquered sin in his life, and prayed fervently for his marriage.
When we wait on God we aren’t just supposed to sit there praying and twiddling our thumbs doubting that God will ever come though. Because you know what He always has and He always will (if you need a refresher in God’s faithfulness consider reading the book of Exodus or Hebrews 11).
None of our days are void of things to do or people to help. Yes, you may not be doing what it is that you want to do or be where you want to be. But you are RIGHT WHERE GOD WANTS YOU TO BE! He has a plan and a purpose for you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. Please, do not waste the time that God has given you to wait. Use it to learn all you can about God and His love and faithfulness. Build lasting relationships, call that friend you haven’t talked to in months or even years, write a letter to an elderly neighbor. Learn to enjoy the life that you have been given right now.
Let God fight for you and be silent watching Him expectantly (Exodus 14:14).
Trust Him and do good. Feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in Him. Commit your way to Him. Trust Him (Psalm 37:3-5)
Rest in Him. Wait patiently for Him. Don’t fret because of him who prospers (Psalm 37:7a).
After all, “Those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, The shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).
Until next time,