Thursday, January 14, 2010

weary of waiting

I'm going to do a little venting. Have you ever gotten tired of waiting on God? You've prayed for something and followed that up with (1) sowing seed, (2) confessing it as though you already received it, (3) claiming verses that are relevant and even (4) fasting. Yet your seed still remains in the ground - not even a stem has poked through the soil. Part of you feels like you'll be struck by lightning for questioning God's timing because who are we to question...God? Yet at the same time, you feel like He's forgotten all about you (can anyone relate?). You see others around you having their prayers answered and you can't help but wonder if your request didn't quite reach God's ears - that maybe something happened in the delivery process and it was counted as spam. You hear all the Christian lingo that's supposed to bring comfort but instead only serves to annoy you. Things like "God has a plan" or "it's all in His timing" or the ever popular "trust in the Lord" - words that sound good but can sometimes ring hollow when you're in the midst of a situation and needing God to move.

However, there is good news (I wouldn't end this on such a sour note). It's during these times of waiting that we have to continue to cling to God. We can't hide out and miss church because ultimately, that's only hurting us. We have to remain faithful to God and not give up. When things aren't going as planned, God's the only sure thing we have. We have to trust that He is working things out (though it may not look like it) and that He does have a plan (though we don't know what all it involves) - I'm realizing God likes leaving us in the dark because it forces us to rely on Him instead of feeling we can do it all ourselves (because we can't). Saying all of that to say, don't give up on what you're believing God to do. I've been listening to the song "Wait and See" by Brandon Heath. One part says,

"Still wondering why I'm here
Still wrestling with my fear
But oh, He's up to something
And the farther on I go
I've seen enough to know
That I'm, I'm not here for nothing
He's up to something..."

God's not finished with us. "Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius." - Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon

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