In the Bible, there are many verses that encourage us to let our faith rest in the Lord. It promises that when we give our all to Him – every dream, anxiety, plan, and fear – He will provide for us in accordance with His will. His love is so beautiful! Through His Word, He tells us that He will give us His peace, and let us rest in the shadow of His wings when our faith rests in Him and Him alone.
But what happens when we want something so desperately that we run ahead of Him, leading ourselves away from His plans for our lives? When we look back at those times in our lives, do we see a good decision, or an unfortunate mistake?
There is so much peace to be found in waiting on Him. ❤
Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful week. 🙂 ❤ I have an absolutely amazing post to share with all of you today! Christ, Crafts & Cuisine and I have teamed up to bring our readers a collaboration on trusting in the Lord’s timing! Because we have different styles of writing, which I think is so cool, she has shared some of her beautiful poetry on this subject, and I have written a devotional. You can go check out her post here, which I highly recommend that you go read! ❤ Once you have, let’s get right into my post. x
Trusting in His Timing
Recently on my blog, I shared a post talking about being happy in the waiting. It’s about exhibiting patience during times of trials and delays and, as the title suggests, finding joy in those chapters of our lives. But have you ever experienced a time where you’re easily able to give solid advice to someone else, then proceed to excruciatingly struggle to take it to heart yourself? I’m not sure why that happens, but I am a sad victim of it. I wrote that post, and then when the next season of waiting presented itself, I didn’t know where to turn.
Maybe I should turn back to that post.
I recently found out that I am not at a good point in my life to be finding a place to work. For various reasons (but especially that of my family’s situation), it truly won’t work out for me to be off working part-time, or even finding a position for the holidays. This made me so sad because I’ve been looking into jobs and applying at various restaurant and store locations for the past nearly two years. When it was continually apparent that this was not part of the Lord’s plan for my life, it kept agitating me and making me sad. Sometimes, I felt like it was something I was doing wrong (i.e. not knowing which place to pursue work at), but that wasn’t the root of the problem. When something isn’t meant for me, it is impossible, regardless of how I go about it, to attain that thing.
I am still, at this moment, feeling poorly about not having a job. It’s the reason why I was inspired to choose this topic to cover for this collaboration. ❤ However, jobs (or lack thereof, lol) isn’t the only thing I want to discuss.
I would love to go deeper in this post by covering ways to focus on the good. These times in our lives require great patience that most of us don’t easily possess or attain. Below, I have listed some ways to strengthen your patience – ways that can help us stay centered on resting in Him and let our patience be found in the peace that He provides for us. ❤ I hope that you enjoy!
Ways to Strengthen Your Patience
during times of waiting. xx
— Focus on the positive aspects. It is often easier said than done, but if you put effort and determination into it, this really would help. For example, if I’m optimistic about my situation of not being able to get a job yet (instead of just being sad about it), I can see that this will give me more time to spend with my family, as well as be with the Lord, write blog posts, travel, and pursue my other interests! Not to mention, by waiting on this, I’m following His plans for my life, which is a beautiful thing to be doing. Even though it’s hard to put down something I want so badly, it is so much more wonderful to know that it’s what He desires. ❤
In what ways can you positively think about your situation?
— Be willing to see the situation from a different perspective. From where I am, it definitely looks like the proper time to get a job. I’d enjoy working, and I’d definitely appreciate having the extra cash (haha), and that new life experience just sounds amazing. However, I know that the Lord has a beautiful plan. He knows that my family needs me right now, and He understands exactly how I’m feeling about it, too. I tend to think that He takes or adds to my life without understanding what I’m going through emotionally, which is not at all true. If you feel the same way sometimes, let me be the one to tell you that He knows exactly how we feel, and it’s His desire to bring us peace – if only we will trust in Him!
Can you look at your situation from another angle?
— Trust in His infinite knowledge and wisdom. This goes along with what I already mentioned above, but I’d like to add another point to it: from where we are (currently experiencing the hardship), it’s hard to look at it from the future. Impossible, in fact. lol What I mean to say is that it’s difficult to see the situation in regards to how it will affect and change our lives in the future. We don’t know what would happen if we were able to pursue the thing we’re having to wait on, when in fact the reason you’re waiting is either because you’re not ready, or the circumstances aren’t exactly right, or the Lord desires for you to learn to trust in Him. There are various reasons why you might be waiting, but those are just a few. Just know that He is truly worthy of our trust; He doesn’t put us through any hardship without there being beauty in it.
Remember how this time of waiting is impacting your future.
— Use this time to grow closer to Him. It may be hard to do at times, especially if we’re feeling stressed or increasingly impatient, but allowing Him to work in our hearts and draw us nearer to His is truly the most beautiful thing I have ever and will ever experience. ❤
Allow Him to draw you close, for He cares for you.
I truly hope that this post could inspire and encourage you! If you’re going through a situation like I am – waiting on the Lord’s timing on something, even when you desire to have it now – please know that you are not alone. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us … in His perfect timing!!!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! Make sure you go visit Christ, Crafts & Cuisine 🙂 ❤
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