The Waiting Room

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for The Lord.” Psalm 31:24

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been in this room wondering why God would be so slow in giving us what He has promised. What I’m learning lately is like 2 Peter 3:9 says, He’s not slow but patient and careful in working out His redemptive purpose in the BEST way. The Lord has been teaching me how important and just how beautiful His timing is. He never works without a purpose and His purpose is always for good.

I can’t help but think about how patient and resilient Abraham was during his and Sarah’s twenty-five years of waiting. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. Their only hope was God’s promise. “No unbelief made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised” Romans 4:20-21. Oh, how I admire Abraham’s faith.

I’ve always known that faith is believing without feeling or seeing but I’ve been in this season of desperately needing to feel contentment in the waiting and the goodness of His timing. I can’t keep track of how many times the enemy comes in and consumes my thoughts with what I think I’m not good enough for, what I think will never happen, and all of the lies that go with it all causing me to discredit myself before anyone else can. I’ve been so intentional about hearing Jesus’ voice lately - recognizing it, looking for it, repeating it, and holding onto it oh so tightly.

The thing is, what’s ours is ours and trusting that God has it all figured out for us and that His timing is perfect is a peace I want to daily rest in. There’s been so many nights of laying my desires and burdens at His feet, because even though He knows the desires of our hearts, He still wants to hear them. He has been whispering to me that this season is not a curse, instead He is forging something into my Spirit that I will later need and where I am now is necessary to get me where He wants me. I just need to keep coming back to Him and knowing He is good and has my best interest in mind. And that is enough for me because no matter how long the wait, it is always worth it and way better than I could have planned myself. I’m so thankful that He is gracious and gently reminds me why we are in the season we are in. I’m grateful that He isn’t moved by my doubt or fear, my insecurity or my tendency to think my plan would totally work better. I’m grateful that I have a peace that surpasses all understanding living through me. How relieving it is to know that The Lord who has the best plan mapped out for us is leading our steps.

“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” Joshua 23:14. The good news is that He is able to do what He has promised and those promises WILL come to pass - He has never failed us and He won't start now, but timing is everything. It is with purpose and careful consideration from the One who has it all under control. So, let’s dance in the valleys because with trials comes perseverance and strength and depth.

Today, I sit in this waiting room with a renewed spirit of hope and joy that we serve a God who has it all figured out for us and will bring it to fruition in His perfect timing. For as long as we have breath in our lungs, He is not done working.

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