Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Everyone is Waiting

That's the way it is in our family right now. Everyone is waiting. Don't we all hate it....waiting? In our instant society we want to know, do, go right now! But, God teaches us trust and patience through waiting.

What does the Bible say about waiting?

"Yet those who wait
for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31

"Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14

"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield." Psalm 33:20

"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7

"For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land." Psalm 37:9

"My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him." Psalm 62:5

....and, many others.

When God called James out of building several years ago, we waited about 5 months before God gave him any kind of word on what to do. We've done lots of waiting between now and then, and now we still wait to see what this ministry is going to look like in detail. (Will we ever know that?! Or, will this always be a step by step ministry?!)

I'm waiting to get well! Seven months and counting...actually years and counting, but on a much bigger level for 7 months. We think God has shown us a place for me to find healing, and now we wait for it to work.

Ashley is waiting. Waiting on God to show her where to go next in her ministry. She knows it's time to move on, and she has resigned her job, which takes effect in May. She has been offered several jobs, and the possibility of others, but either she was not interested in the type of work, God has closed the doors, or He's shown her that is not where He wanted her. She has such a heart for youth and serving, and we all know He's got the perfect spot for her. Just have to wait for His perfect time. Ashley also waits for the man of God that He has for her. Again, there have been opportunities, but none that God has given the okay, or she has had the interest, in pursuing a relationship. So she waits for that perfect timing.

Troy and Briana wait. They wait for God to show them the next step in their lives. They are both working faithfully in their jobs, but we all know this is not where they are supposed to stay, the jobs they are supposed to keep working. Neither of them are working where their hearts are calling them. They serve the Lord where they are, and are both good at their jobs, but we know He has more plans.

This is not a "down" post. It's just a "this is where everyone in our family seems to be" post! How can we be down, when the Lord is speaking, promising, and filling our lives with rich blessings? Of course, sometimes the waiting seems weary, but we keep coming back to the truth, and knowing that we cannot go wrong in waiting for God. Waiting for God does not mean stuck in a rut. As we wait, we serve, love, and bless where we are. We use the opportunities that God puts before us, and we are thankful. Is it perfect? Nope. Some days we are not thankful, and we fail to walk that path, but our God is patient and understanding, full of compassion, and He encourages us.

Does God have you in a "holding pattern"? What is He wanting to teach you there? If His answer keeps being, "Wait, My child", then waiting is where the ultimate blessing is. It's where you'll find Him, find Him working, find the growth He wants you to experience.