Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Life seems more like a marathon than a sprint.
I am reminded of the Israelites wondering in the wilderness. God guided them with the pilar of cloud by day, and pillar of fire by night. When it moved, they packed up the tabernacle and followed. (Exodus 13:17-22, 40:34-38) When the pillar stopped, they stopped, and encamped where they were for weeks, months or even years.
When we’re moving for God, it can seem easier, because we see progress. But, when we’re in the encampment phase, we need to develop the ability to be patient and not to fall into the desires that our flesh so readily prepares. The Jews complained, we might doubt, fear or distraction from keeping our eyes on Jesus, and falling into sin.
After praying for help with editing and publishing my memoir, I received an email about a never expiring contract. It seemed like an open door, yet I wanted to make sure to follow God’s plan, and not run ahead. The Colorado Christian Writers Conference wasn’t until May, where I planned to network and gain useful skills and knowledge about the writing industry and process. By this, I knew the Lord gave me this opportunity to be patient, obedient and wait upon the Lord.
Around the same time our small group’s womans book study was on prayer. That week in particular discussed waiting on the Lord. God’s timing is perfect, right? When God seems slow to answer our prayers, He’s more than likely, putting things into place months, even years ahead of time. Sometimes He’s even waiting for us to catch up, to align with His plan.
The morning after receiving the contract, the Lord clearly directed me to be still and wait. Perhaps God needed to move mountains into place. That same day I read about Hanna and her waiting. In the side margin of the work book I scribbled how this applies to me and my book. Then, the question on the bottom of the page was ‘where do you see your own situation represented in the Hanna story!’
“Yes, Lord — I am to wait.”
It’s so comforting to me, that He has the entire big picture under His control, since I can’t see which door He’ll have me walk through.
This is how He gives me peace in the moment, in the waiting room of life. Waiting takes so much more trust and faith and running without consulting Him first.
I just have to remember that the signal to “GO” from the Lord, will probably not look anything like I think. Seeking the Kingdom, I’ll just have to step out in faith. As I walk with Him, He will direct my steps.
Dear Father, I trust You, Your way is the only way. Help me to abide in You, knowing when to wait and when to move with You. ~Amen