Tag Archives: waiting

Love Believes | Five Years Later

On November 30, 2009, I received some devastating news. The kind of thing that knocks you off your feet and causes a lot of strong people to completely crumble.

There have been many difficult days, some torturous. Some where I honestly didn’t know if I’d make it through.

I’ve felt immense pain and heartache every single day.

I’ve watched those I love dearly hurt deeply, and felt worries and challenges I never imagined.

Yet God has sustained, provided and seen us through it all, one day at a time.

But don’t mistake strong faith and confidence in God for easy. It’s not. It’s also not supposed to be.

Tom Petty was right, the waiting is the hardest part. At least for me. I’m naturally impatient, maybe we all are to some extent.

We want answers and easy fixes RIGHT NOW. And it’s easy to be discouraged when we don’t get them.

But God grows us through trials and difficult circumstances.

And it only seems like nothing’s happening.

God is always at work on the other side of the mountain.

I don’t regret, for even a minute, making the decision to not give up in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances. And I have found joy in perseverance, even on the worst days. (Romans 5:3-4).

Again, I’m not pretending it’s easy. If you want to give up, good. That means you’re normal.

What I’m saying is, just don’t.

Nobody’s walking around with massive stockpiles of faith, reserves they can just dip into on demand. That’s not how God works.

He says to renew our minds daily.

Even Jesus had to make time to be alone with God at the beginning and end of every day.

God really does give us the manna our soul needs today.

I’m convinced that the greatest place to be in life is totally dependent on God.

He’s got this.

And so do we, if we trust and obey and if, as Galatians 6:9 says, we do not quit.

Isaiah 40:31 promises strength for those who wait on God. And Psalm 40:1 reminds us that even the king had to wait.

I love what David Mathis says about waiting:

“When you feel the first resistance, let it be a reminder to go Godward. Recalibrate the focus of your faith. Move the weight of your trust off self, where it keeps gravitating back, and consciously reorient on God. Whether it’s simply spare moments or seemingly endless days, waiting is no waste in God’s economy. It is in the delays and the pauses, and in becoming aware of our lack of patience, that he works to save us from self-reliance and revitalize our faith and hope in him.”

I trust in God’s perfect timing and His ability, and desire, to do the impossible and to truly heal.

Don’t you dare tell me that my God can’t. He specializes in fixing what’s broken, breathing life into that which was dead and doing the impossible.

So, yeah, I believe God can. And I believe God will.

And although there isn’t a pretty little bow on this story yet, I can look you in the eye and tell you that I believe more today than ever. (Hebrews 11:1) The fact that I can say that is a testament to God’s grace and love. Nothing else…

For all those who’ve prayed, believed, encouraged or lent support throughout this time–emotionally, logistically, provisionally and/or spiritually–all I can say is, thanks. Especially you late night pep talkers. I am grateful beyond words.

Keep praying. Keep believing…

20141203-164643.jpg

20141203-003053.jpg

Quick Thought: Time To Move On

Sometimes, it’s entirely appropriate to encourage someone to move past something difficult, to get over it or move forward. But sometimes, when we say move on, we really mean give up.

Never give up on something you’re believing God for in your life, no matter who tells you to! No matter how many people say it, or how many times they say it!

A good friend of mine shared this on Facebook this week:

waiting

There’s another guy who’s story is told in the Bible, who not only waited, but worked. Hard. For a LONG TIME. His name is Jacob.

So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
– Genesis 29:20

Jacob agreed to work for seven years for Rachel’s father to earn her hand in marriage. Despite being lied to, deceived and treated completely unfairly, he worked an ADDITIONAL seven years to finally be able to marry her.

I’m sure Jacob’s friends and family told him to cut his losses and move on. From a human perspective that might have made all the sense in the world. But Jacob waited out of love.

Another friend shared this quote today, and I love it:

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
– Elbert Hubbard

Whatever the circumstances of the season of waiting you’re in at the moment, I encourage you to hold on! Don’t break down, just before your break through! (More on that in an upcoming post…)

Quick Thought: Waiting…

Waiting for what God’s put on your heart isn’t easy, but giving up can be even harder.

Think Abraham. Promised a son. Promised a nation, in fact. After many years he gets impatient. The enemy gets into his head.

He stops trusting God and uses what we’d probably call reasonable human logic to solve the problem. He starts thinking for God. Rationalizing.

He gets lost in the pain and desperation of his circumstances.

Waiting, from our vantage point, often seems as if nothing’s happening. But God is always working in the situation and in us!

We either believe that or we don’t. We either trust him or we don’t.

God’s timing isn’t just good, it’s perfect. Our knowledge is limited. Our perspective is often that of a blind man with an elephants tail in his hand trying to describe the animal he’s holding.

God has the entire picture in his view.

We wait and trust for our Isaac or we end up with an Ishmael.

See Proverbs 3:5-6

Whining or Worship?

“Whining is the opposite of Worship. Complaining opposite of praising. Worship is giving God glory for who He is and what He has done. Whining ignores what He has done.
Numbers 14:11, ‘How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?’ They were whining while they were wandering.
We were slaves to sin – but God rescued us- He Delivered us – He saved us. What is there to whine about?
Some of you are in a period of wandering, of waiting. The question is how will you live – Will you whine and complain or will you worship?” ~ Kyle Idleman

Man, that’s good stuff!