Saturday, May 7, 2011

While I'm Waiting (I'm just liking song titles here lately.)

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him..." Psalm 37:7a

Here lately, it has really struck me how impatient we (most Christians) are with God. It's not sensible, ladies. We want very often to get onto the next part of life, whatever it may be. For example, a single woman longs to finally get married, a young mom just wants her baby to get old enough to sleep through the night regularly, a seminary student wants to get done with classes and get to the stuff "that really matters"...etc. WAIT! God has joys, blessings, and lessons for us to learn in every season He places us.

Once, my husband and I found ourselves in a very tiring, trying situation. We knew ways we could get ourselves out of it, but any time we began to do those things, the Lord would stop my husband. He wasn't through teaching us where we were just yet. After a couple of years, God threw us a life preserver and moved us on to the next phase of life. We felt a deep appreciation, breathed the fresh air God was giving us, and felt perfect contentment in a way we wouldn't have if we hadn't walked through the burdensome time. In hindsight, we could see the blessings and had learned the lessons well that God had taught us in the hard time. It wouldn't have been possible without trial.

"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:30-31

So be sensible. Look at what God's got in store for you right now where He has placed you. Single ladies, spend time with God like you wouldn't have with your energies spread around to a husband and children. Young moms, enjoy your babies. They grow quickly - yes, you've heard it before but look, the baby who needs you now at all hours, won't need you so much in a few years and you will be sad about it. Seminary student, hunker down. Never again will you find yourself so surrounded with people like yourself. If you're the wife of a student, let your husband bring some professors home for dinner; soak in all they will teach you. Wait, wait, wait...

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