Hurry Up and Wait

womanatwindowI’m a planner.

I like to know what I’m doing tomorrow, next week, next month, next YEAR!!!  There’s some sort of satisfaction I get in having a plan…knowing the future.  So, when the future is unknown, I feel super unsettled and just downright CRAZY.  Know what else a planner doesn’t like to do?  Wait. 

Did you know that God places desires in our hearts?  Desires for our future?  Desires to be a teacher, nurse or mommy?  Desires to help others, desires to minister, desires to raise our children to love Him?  What happens when we believe with all our heart that God placed a desire in us, we know our purpose, but it’s just not happening?  What happens when God tells you to WAIT?  WAIT. 

I’ve been praying about a particular thing lately and heard those exact words from God.  Wait.  Clearly spoken, clearly heard.  Wait. 

BUT GOD!!!  What about Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”    What about that?!?

Wait. 

Personally, I struggle with this waiting game!  So, what do I do?  I make plans.  Plans to make this dream, this desire happen on my own.  God is just taking too LONG!!!  I get desperate, unhappy, unsettled.  I get uncomfortable with the life I’m living in this very moment, which is a really GOOD life, because God WANTS me to have my dream, right?!?  He told me it would happen, right?!?

Wait. 

When reading my devotional this morning I came across the story of Zachariah and Elizabeth.  Elizabeth was barren, meaning she couldn’t have children.  Zachariah and Elizabeth had prayed, cried out to God for a child.  This was one of the deepest desires of their hearts.  Zechariah and Elizabeth were old.  I’m not sure how old, but well past the age of being able to have children.  I’m sure they had gray hair, deep wrinkles and had all but given up on their dream of having a child.  Can you imagine the years and years of praying for a child?  We aren’t talking about a few months, but many many YEARS.  Do you think God didn’t hear their prayers?  Of course he did!  What were Zachariah and Eliabeth having to do?  Wait. 

IN HIS TIME, God answered their prayers.  They had a son named John.  God answered the desires of their hearts.  Supernaturally.

We’ve got to trust this timing thing, because God loves to hear His children ask Him for the desires of our heart!  He loves for us to trust Him to fulfill those desires.   It is His will that we know the absolute joy of having received what He has promised.  If He gave us everything we asked, at that very moment, would we really, truly appreciate it?  Probably not.  Believe that God is either going to bless you with what you want or bless you with more than you can imagine!  There are more people involved in our dream coming to pass than just us.  We’ve got to believe that God is working behind the scenes, putting things in place for your dream to happen.  Only he knows what has to happen BEFORE He answers our prayer.  When the larger need is fulfilled, the personal need will be satisfied.

Wait. 

Not only wait, but be happy while waiting.  Be content in your situation knowing that God’s got this!  He is a BETTER planner than me!  I don’t have to try and make this happen sooner.  I don’t have to control or manipulate my situation.  Anything that I can make happen on my own isn’t in any way going to compare to what God is going to do.  Have faith, trust in Him and wait.  Just wait.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  {Ecclesiates 3:1}

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  {Jeremiah 29:11}

Written by Ann Holder, Leader of Embrace Grace of Denison, TX

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