I know it’s really hard to wait on answers from the Lord. Lately, I have been praying for a provision of heart for the ones that I love when they feel like God has delayed the answer to their prayers. When a few doors slammed shut two years ago, I was devastated. I could see how each job could be the perfect fit. What I once considered devastation, I now see as kindness. Who we partner with matters. Delays are often a plot twist that leads to a much better story.
I have yet to make a stellar decision when I was desperate. Like, ever.
Waiting and being stuck are two different things. Nothing about waiting is passive. We are actively seeking God and his plan for us. Waiting involves trust, hope, and faith to look beyond what we are facing and even feeling to believe that something better is on the way.
Your answer is on the way.
Your provision is on the way.
Your “no” might really hurt, but it could also spare you from tons of heartache later.
God waits because he is gracious and kind to us.
You will be blessed if you wait on God.
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.” (Is 30:18)
This place of waiting wasn’t meant to destroy us, it is meant to surround us like a shield. It’s a gift to us because if we run ahead of where we think God is leading us, often we end up lost and devastated. We are people who aren’t really good at waiting, we want quick prayers and fast results and often the outcome is a crumbling character when we don’t get want we want really fast. I want to rush things while my all-knowing God knows that I desperately need to hit the pause button.
If He is the God who directs our paths, He is also the God who directs our waiting. We have to decide if we will be found waiting patiently with our eyes fixed on Christ or wrestling with our need to be in control and micro-manage every detail of our life.
When all we want is an open door, I find God there with the door sealed shut. I have found that He is not on the other side of the door. He is right there with me unlocking things within me so that when the door swings wide open I will walk in peace knowing that I am following him, not chasing after my own agenda.
If you have found yourself weary from waiting rest in this simple fact: God has plans for you that will blow your mind. Resist the urge to kick down the doors of opportunity with your three-inch heels and let the love of God cushion you for the waiting.
I don’t know what is on the other side of that door waiting for you, but I know it’s going to be good.
“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (Is 64:4)
Much love to you as you wait,