Monday, August 16, 2021

Don't Fight Against the Waiting

Why me?



Have you ever wondered that question? Have you ever dared to ask God that question?



You may be in the middle of a hard season. You (or someone you love) may have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. You may have lost a loved one. You may be struggling to make ends meet. Your husband (like mine) may have walked out on you. You are sitting in your hard season and you are wondering, "why me?"










Believe me, I get it. I can completely understand your struggles. It sometimes gets, dare I say it, "comfortable" to just sit in the quiet and wonder about things.



Things Learned in the Waiting 




1. However, I am learning that I need to let go (John 3:30).


2. I need to remember that God is the One that is in control (Colossians 1:17).


3. I am learning that I do not need to envy others when I perceive that they are doing well on their paths (Psalm 37:7). This one really hit me hard as I didn't realize that I was envious of others. The Lord is showing me that these people, most likely are further along on their paths than I am. And this means they have faced their struggles, overcome them and are now receiving their blessings.


4. I am learning to be still and trust that the Lord will defend me as He fights my battles for me (Exodus 14:14). This is another hard one, for me. Be still is to wait, to let go of my control over things and trust in Him.


5. I am learning that it is important to include the Lord in on all of my decisions. Seek Him first. Submit my steps, paths and plans to Him (Proverbs 16:3). I have to admit that, in this area, I am a work in progress.



I know that God has me in a season of waiting.



Waiting to Breakthrough 




To me, I picture this as though I am a seed that has been planted.



I am in the cold, dark ground and I am waiting.



With time, patience and God's direction and love, I will slowly start to break free from that shell.



With a little more time, patience and love from God, I will eventually grow until I breakthrough the ground and reach heavenward.









Psalm 46:10 NIV 




He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”




Be still. Wait. Be patient.




Confession: I am not good at any of those things. How about you?



It is a process for me. I am learning to go before Him with all of my anxiety depression, panic attacks . I sit still before Him as I express concern over my chronic health issues , my marriage struggles . I place everything in His capable hands and try to wait patiently on Him.



I have to remind myself that I am not the one that is in control. God is. As I remember that, I start to feel better.




Prayer: 




Father, You are the creator of heaven and earth. You are the God who sees me (Gen. 16:13). Nothing is too hard for You (Jeremiah 32:17). Father, I confess that I am not good at being still, at waiting, or being patient. Please forgive me and help me in my efforts to do better. Thank You for always being with me. Thank You for caring about me and about the things that concern me (1 Peter 5:7). Thank You for allowing me the opportunity, the privilege to be able to come before You and be still and to know that You are God (Psalm 46:10a). In Jesus' name, Amen.




Your turn: 




Are you in a season of waiting? Do not fight against this time. Try to picture yourself as the seed :).
Do you allow yourself time to be still with the Lord?
Do you turn to Him with your needs. He is there waiting on you.
Remember that God is the One that is in control.





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Blessings,







Leigha  

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