Have you ever felt restless and tired of waiting?
And no matter how hard you try to be patient, just can't sit still?
You can't focus on anything but what you have been waiting for to happen?
That's how I have felt lately.
There are so many things on my heart and mind. Things that I have been waiting to come to pass for a long time. I don't know about you, but I really don't like waiting.
I want things to happen right now! Pronto! ASAP! Yesterday!
I am sure if you have experienced as I have; things don't always take place when you want them to.
Though I don't like it at the time it usually turns out to be a good thing.
God has a way of stretching us beyond our physical and mental limits to do what we thought we could never do.
He grows us and teaches us through the process of waiting on his perfect timing. As we wait and are tested to our limits, we only grow stronger in our faith and trust.
I like to compare this process to working out or running. When you think you can't go any further or lift any more weight, you find that extra ounce of strength to push yourself a little bit more.This is where the muscle is built, this is how you get toned and in better shape than you were yesterday. You are able to run farther and lift more than you did before, as you have persevered and become stronger.
I have to confess I have not felt like waiting another day. I have waited long enough. I have prayed for these things on my heart, not for days or months... but for years. I have been patient and content for long enough. I have struggled, fought and persevered. Don't you think God should answer my prayers by now?
The truth is that I can't see what God can.
I don't know what is best, he does.
I am limited, he is not.
Most importantly, even though I don't always understand...I trust him. I know that he loves me and always, always has a much better plan than I do.
I had to add in this quote from Timothy Keller's book Jesus the King, that I have been reading. I will probably be quoting it in every post because it is just so good. The chapter I have been reading is aptly called, "Waiting". It was obviously so timely for me!
"Timing is relative. And everybody has a sense of 'this is the right time but not this.' God's sense of timing will always confound ours, no matter what culture we are from. His grace rarely operates according to our schedule." - Timothy Keller (Jesus the King)
Looking back at my life I am so thankful for those prayers that God didn't answer when I wanted him to, and for those times when I didn't think I could wait another second, but found out I could.
God truly is not limited by time and does not depend on our sense of time. He is working in us beyond the boundaries of time and will ultimately do things his way and in his time.
Maybe you have been waiting and praying for unsaved loved ones to come to the Lord, family or friends to be healed, relationships to be restored, financial hardships to be resolved, or desires and dreams to be fulfilled.
Whatever you are waiting for, know that God hears you, he sees your situation but is waiting for his perfect timing to reveal his answer.
In my daily Bible reading I came across this verse in Psalms. It so encouraged me that I quickly went and made it into a printable so that you could be encouraged as well. I know each day that I wait, I am going to need to be reminded of these powerful words.
Be strong my friends.
Let your heart take courage.
As we wait for the Lord!
Have you been waiting on something a long time? Are you getting tired of waiting?
Do you feel like your prayers are going unanswered?
Have you seen how God's timing is always on time?
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