Waiting has never been my strong suit! As a little girl, I could barely contain the excitement at Christmas or a birthday and as an adult having full range and ability to get the things I want quickly has definitely not helped. There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now that have got me recently thinking about “waiting.” Why does it bother us so much as women? As Moms? We have this mentality to hurry hurry, get it all done, don’t wait, don’t delay. Is this ingrained in us somehow or learned behavior or is it that we simply take on too many responsibilities and feel there is simply no time to “wait” because there is too much to get done?
I ran across Lady Whipp’s work and wanted to share it with you as while I was reading it a sense of calm rushed over me after reading Isaiah 40:31 which says, They that wait on the Lord shall have renewed strength. They will mount up with wings of eagles; They will run and not be weary; They will walk and not faint. She really drives it home when she talks about learning to wait for God and to trust him in our lives. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
You can read more about Lady Whipp here at her blog.
They That Wait…. by Lady Whipp
I remember me and my husband Deric’s first apartment. It was this little 2 bedroom, one bath in a gated community. Our year had come up and we were itching to move since I was pregnant and we were definitely going to need more room. We had already given notice to the landlord but were having issues finding a place we felt fit our needs and budget. As time grew closer, I found myself getting more and more nervous, wondering where we would go and what we were going to do. Deric, on the other hand, was a bit calmer.
Just three weeks before we had to be out, we went to see a townhouse in a great community. It was exactly what we wanted as far as size and budget, the neighborhood was in a good location, and it was safe. We went ahead and put in the application and left with our fingers crossed. For the next three weeks I stressed way more than I needed to, I murmured and complained. I fussed at Deric for being so calm and not doing anything to make me feel better, which let’s be real….wasn’t a thing!
By the final week, I found myself going to look at another townhouse in a not so nice community that had a bad reputation and cost more than we wanted to spend. Feeling like nothing was being done, I decided to take things into my own hands and apply for that place which required almost twice the down payment as the nicer place and was $100 more per month for rent. I remember Deric saying over and over again, Just wait..give them time to respond. Maybe they’re still processing our paperwork. I would simply roll my eyes since that was the last thing I wanted to hear. I wanted things settled and taken care of and because I saw nothing happening, I was determined to get it done. By the end of the week Deric gave in to my ranting and we broke our bank to move into the not so nice neighborhood.
Three days into the move, we received a call from the other place offering us the townhouse in the safe, gated community with the more budget friendly payment. I sat on the couch with the look…you know the look. The one where you can’t really say a word because you know had you listened, you’d be happily packed and ready to move into the place you really wanted, but now you’ve blown your money on the crappy neighborhood and are now stuck. All I could do was look down and cry because I knew I messed up. As much as Deric tried to console me, I could see the disappointment on his face. It was an A for effort on his part.
I needed to learn to listen. Not just to Deric, but to the God IN Deric. He was trying to teach me that I had no reason to worry because even though I couldn’t see things working out in the natural, God was working behind the scenes. While I was ranting and raving, Deric was praying and believing God to work it out and that’s what made him calm.
The next year was full of one thing after another with that place. Everything that could have gone wrong did and when it was time to leave, I let Deric lead us right to the next place which really was an amazing place.
Today I checked in with a few sisters of mine as we normally do. I began to complain a little while asking for prayer about a few things we have going on. One of my sisters checked me real quick and let me tell you, I was so grateful she did.
Even though she knew how I was feeling, she made something real clear. In my own words she said, Stop complaining and start praying. Stop thinking there are things you cannot pray about and give it ALL to God. She went on to say that there are some things that God will allow simply to push you to pray and get before God. That there was a lesson in this and I needed to get on my knees and find it.
I couldn’t help but think about a prayer Deric spoke just the day before. He prayed about our situation and said, Lord, do it in Your timing and help us not to rush to the first thing we see. Grow us and strengthen us through this. Man….what a powerful thing to say!
There is something so powerful in learning to wait on God’s timing, yet it seems to be the hardest thing for us to do! The Word says in Isaiah 64:4, For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.
When we learn to fully trust in God, we can wait with great expectation that He is going to show up and show out on our behalf. He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL we could ever ask, think or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20) if we would just sit back and trust God to do it. We put so many limits on God and quite honestly, we simply don’t believe God is capable of taking care of our needs. How do I know that? Because actions speak louder than words. If we truly believed God to be our Provider, we wouldn’t try so hard to fix everything.
There’s a strength that’s built ONLY when you learn to wait. Isaiah 40:31 says, They that wait on the Lord shall have renewed strength. They will mount up with wings of eagles; They will run and not be weary; They will walk and not faint.
Believe me, I say WE because I deal with it daily myself. I’m constantly reminding myself that I can do nothing to fix a situation like God. All I can do by putting in my two cents is knock myself back a few steps while God’s trying to jump me forward. It’s only when we’re tired, faint and weary, that God can show Himself strong not only to us but to those around us.
Today, this is not only an encouragement to all of you, but to myself as well. WAIT ON GOD. Stop trying to do things on your own. You can’t fix everything or everyone. Let God do what He was meant to do. STOP COMPLAINING! Get into your closet and pray, gain strength, soak in wisdom, and learn to simply be silent and let God work. Things may not happen in the timing YOU want, but there is a purpose in the waiting. Lessons to be learned, gifts to be exercised and discernment to be sharpened.
Take care of your part while God works. Believe me, it’ll turn out a lot better than you could have ever imagined.
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Until next time, Be Blessed