I have been considering our ability ─ and inability ─ to wait at critical times.
I remember growing anxious during my assigned internship in college. I was becoming impatient because I had nothing to do for several days (and I like to do!). After talking to my professor about it, she advised that I wait and let her handle the situation. I did not wait. I took the matter into my own hands and spoke to my supervisor about it directly. My professor was NOT happy!
As insecure human beings, we have a tendency to want to feel in control, to know what is happening at certain stages, to see the unseen progress, even to create progress if none is apparent. I have been an expert at this at times. But prayer and a faithful Father have changed that. I have seen Him work miracles as a result of waiting. Wisdom has taught me that HIS timing is not only perfect, it’s essential for His perfect work!
I recall how at the beginning of this year my husband and I thought we had our plans all worked out. We thought we knew ‘The Plan,’ but world events have changed everything: our family’s location, our kids’ schooling, who we are quarantined with, and our next steps. I continue to wait for His revelation, His timing, and His direction.
“Be still in the presence of the LORD and wait patiently for him to act” (Psalm 37:7a).
A Moment to reflect:
When you're in a time of waiting, how do you tend to respond? Do you find yourself quickly trying to strategize or problem-solve? Do you tend to become fearful and drift into anxiety or discontentment?
When you're in a time of waiting, do you find it difficult to trust in God's perfect timing? What are some of the challenges you tend to face in trusting His timing?
Pray through and meditate on this Scripture today, “Be still in the presence of the LORD and wait patiently for him to act” (Psalm 37:7a).
By Julie Branstetter- an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis
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