Willing To Listen

Willing To Listen

Hey there, guys! Happy Sunday to all of you πŸ™‚ ❀ I was inspired to write this post because I would like to further share what has been on my heart lately. Just like I wrote about hereΒ (and here, too!), I have been having a good many thoughts on what my future holds, which includes where the Lord will lead me in the coming years of my life.

I used to see my future as being something that’s in my control. That is,Β I thought my future depended on how much I put into it.

Because I love being productive and knowing for certain I’m getting things done, it has bothered me for the longest time that that which lies ahead in my life is completely unknown to me, concealed in a dense fog.

I would think that to be within His will, I needed to have a good idea of what lay ahead.

If the Lord would only let me get a peek inside,Β I’d basically think to myself,Β then I’d know how to prepare, be ready, and enjoy it when it gets here.

It was hard for me to accept that His timing was not my own, because waiting on Him to work things out in my life seemed like a waste of time. Why would it be His will for me to sit and do nothing for days, weeks, even years while He worked behind the scenes?

These thoughts (and the solution He has given me) are what inspired the title of this post.

“He knows when we are willing to hear His answers.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

This quote absolutely blew me away.

He knows exactly when the moment has come to reveal to me the plans He has for me – not a moment sooner, nor a moment later.

I understand that waiting is hardly, if ever, easy. I have wanted countless things before it was my time to have them … however, with each and every situation where I felt impatient was helping me to learn that there is so much more to faith than simply waiting to make our move until God speaks.

Faith is about trusting Him while the clock is ticking away.

Faith is proof of the fact that we know His timing is completely perfect.

Faith shows that we know He has a great plan that is not hindered by calendar days.

Faith grows in these hard conditions, watered by His grace.

True faith is utterly convinced that He knows us so much better than we do.

When we trust in Him, He is absolutely faithful to manifest the plans He has for us in our lives. He will not forget about us … and He knows just when we are ready to hear about the things He has for us.

“However, as it is written, what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him-” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

— Maggie

38 thoughts on “Willing To Listen

  1. Wow, Maggie… this is an amazing post! You have incredible wisdom. Thank you for writing this. It seems that although we are at different stages in our lives, we are both in the same waiting room. πŸ™‚ And your thoughts have greatly encouraged me today. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. It blesses me so much that you enjoyed this, Lynn! It was my pleasure to share it πŸ™‚ Yes, that is most certainly true! I’m glad I could be an encouragement to you. ❀

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  2. This spoke volumes to me Maggie, thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been in such a rush lately, like “God, if you could just tell me the exact career I’ll be pursuing, I’ll take care of the rest!” In reality, the waiting will build wisdom and patience.. but boy do I want the answers sometimes πŸ˜… The lesson of listening and waiting brings us closer to Him with every step though, so I know for a fact it’s worth every minute. ❀

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    1. I am sooo happy He used this to help you! ❀ hahah yes!! I have been there, too, Jordan (: It's hard not knowing what lies ahead, but He does! Like you said, He'll be there every step of the way. Most definitely ❀

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      1. Indeed he did girl, keep up the good work! You have a way of getting to my heart with your words and Godly love when I most need it–and the start of a semester, facing the unknown of adulthood, is definitely a time when I need it! Amen girl, thank you for this again! πŸ™‚

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  3. This is a beautiful post! You’re such a talented writer, and you always have a way to say everything you want to say in the more clear and concise way possible.
    Sometimes I really want to know what’s going to happen, and I want to know right then. I want to know exactly where I’m going to be in twenty years – my job, my family, my friends, everything. I even ask my parents! But I think you’re absolutely right, and this post has been so eyeopening to me. God wants us to fully depend on Him, and we can only have true faith if we’re, as you put it, utterly convinced that He knows so mucn better than we do. He knows when to reveal His plan, and He knows which path is going to take us in the right direction.
    Hearing this and reading this has put me to peace – now I have some reassurance that God is in control, and even though I can’t see where I’m going from the backseat – God is the driver, and He knows exactly where I’m going.
    Lydia ❀

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    1. Awww thank you soo much, Lydia!! ❀ It makes me really happy to know you enjoy what I write πŸ™‚ Wanting to know what plans God has for our future is very tempting, but I know that when we trust in Him, He will show us what those plans are in His time! Yes, amen to that. He'll get us to where we need to be, according to His perfect plan. ❀ I'm so happy this brought you peace! God bless you, Lydia!

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  4. This was a great post Maggie. You’ve shared some powerful information here that so many of us needed to be reminded of. God gives us the answers to so many of our probelms at times but many times we just aren’t listening or aren’t ready to listen. The key lies in trusting Him and He would lead us to exactly where we need to be. Have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚

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  5. Amen! Amen!!! ❀ You spoke of such a simple truth, but it's a truth with an underlying depth of the soul. I love your honesty, Maggie because it is so relatable to my own heart. This has greatly encouraged me, thank you!

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