Hi there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ This is going to be a very open and honest post, one that I hope will be able to inspire you on this beautiful weekend. There have been many times throughout my walk with the Lord when I would have deeply appreciated reading something like this while waiting on His timing for something I desired – because it is often not easy. The thoughts and prayers that go through our heads while holding on to faith often lose strength the longer we wait, which is why encouragement along the way is an essential. May you be just as inspired by reading this as I was blessed by writing it. ❤ Let’s both grab a cup of coffee (or your preferred choice of beverage) and sit down for a chat!
There are few things that have occurred in my life thus far that have challenged my patience more than when I am waiting on the Lord. His timing truly is not mine, because while we frequently wish for the things we desire to be fulfilled and completed as quickly as possible, the Lord sees the beauty of our situations behind the scenes. He knows that because we haven’t gotten that new job, new vehicle, new friend, or whatever else we may be searching for quite yet, everything is working out beyond our sight.
Even when we’re sitting there, feeling like we’re wasting time away when we really should be attaining our hopes and dreams, please know that He is at work if it is your heart’s desire. There are a few possibilities as to how He may be helping in your life at the moment:
- He’s perfectly organizing every event and detail.
- He’s leading you toward seeing His point of view.
- He’s preparing YOU.
In fact, all three of these possibilities might be relevant to your life right now!
If we were to attain everything we’d ever dreamed of in a single moment, we could die happy – right?
But what is life without the anticipation of beautiful things?
We’d never know excitement without the waiting!
If each and every thing we wanted was all ours right now, there would be nothing left to hope for. We’d never get to experience how it feels to finally have something that brings us great joy. Only then are we able to clearly see what a blessing it is when it comes! We’re unable to take it for granted because we dreamed of it for so long. Comparing how life was without it to how happy we are with it is extremely inspiring.
When I was younger, I used to think, If I could just have [whatever I wanted at the moment] right now, I would be happy. I rarely stopped to think that maybe the Lord was saving me from something that would have broken me. He could have been protecting me from my own self-destruction! Then there are other things that I didn’t get until later in life, because it was then His plan for me to have it. Much of the time, I see the perfect reasons why the blessing showed up when it did, but other times, I have been left to wonder. Still, I trust in His infinite knowledge. 🙂
So, let me go back to the three points I made about waiting on the Lord. The first one has to do with His behind-the-scenes work. Without His perfect organization skills, we would not be in the blessing-filled situations we’re in now!
We hardly ever see how He is preparing things for us, but I absolutely believe that He is at work.
My second point has to do with our mindset, and how that changes us while we wait. Sometimes, after a long time of waiting, how we view what we desire changes – for better or worse. We may realize that it was a very good thing that we didn’t get that blessing until this moment … or we may see that there’s a reason why we don’t have it and won’t ever have it.
I have found myself in situations where it took me months (even years!) to realize that something would never work out because the Lord was rescuing me, over and over again, from something disastrous. After going through things like that, I have been reminded again and again that He is truly my Savior. ❤
Finally, my third point is that He prepares us for what we desire. For example, I can’t wait to have my first job – but I’m not quite (or at all) ready for that to be part of my life at the moment. In this instance, I can see why I’m waiting: I’m caring for my family for now as my mom continues to recover from Isabella’s birth, which doesn’t leave time for me to be away from home. If I were to continue pursuing work at the moment, I’d be completely out of line with what the Lord has for me!
Impatience and the temptation to move forward plagues our thoughts during these times. When the Lord is challenging us to put all of our trust in Him, it’s easy to want to keep taking steps in what we think is the right direction instead of doing what we perceive as sitting still. But please, let me assure you, kind friend – this time of waiting is not being wasted.
The Lord is preparing everything He has for you, one small step at a time.
When I begin thinking too much about what I’d like to do someday, I return my focus to the present. By being happy here, I know I will flourish in the future!
“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24
Thank you so much for joining me for this coffee chat! I’m thinking about making this a weekly series, because I really enjoyed it. ❤ Let me know in the comments below:
What are YOU waiting on the Lord for?