A few months back now, I attended a youth conference in which I was fortunate enough to hear from many amazing speakers. Although I heard many great things one thing someone said to me has been playing around in my mind the past few weeks as I get ready for my new adventure in life. He said something simple, yet so profound and that was 'God is rarely early, but HE'S NEVER LATE!'. I jumped on my facebook this morning and funnily enough, that was his new status. I guess God can work, even on facebook
I thanked him for the remarkable and simple reminder. Ya know the seasons in my life when I have been waiting on the Lord to move and to work have been some of my darkest seasons- and, in hindsight, possibly my brightest. There's no doubt about it - waiting can be OH SO painful. It's an art, a science, and takes great discipline. It's a time when we feel like God is at the Potter's wheel, crushing us, smoothing us out, and making something new out of us. But we really don't know what.
When we see God working in other peoples lives, blessing them with a promising ministry, a wonderful mate, gifted kiddies, great jobs, a new home, and incredible talents and abilities , Its sometimes easy to feel like they didn't have to wait for those things from the hand of the Lord - we even feel like in the midst of our waiting, He has forgotten us. I know ive felt that at times. While we are deeply entrenched in a season of waiting, we sometimes feel like we can't see the light at the end of our tunnel. But I promise, it's there!
In my recent seasons of waiting, the Lord has used several people in my life to remind me of this passage: 'Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord' (Psalm 27:14). That verse is one of my faves as it reminds us of where to place our trust.
Waiting forces us to depend entirely desperately, upon the Lord. It causes a crisis of faith when we must fall before the Lord in prayer and decide with our minds and hearts to trust in His love and His goodness, even if our emotions are telling us that we've been forsaken. Psalm 138:8 reminds us: 'The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands'
The Lord WILL ACCOMPLISH His good and loving plan for you. You can't outwait God - His loving kindness is undying! He will be faithful to move in your life. He will not leave you. And you'll be blessed and transformed by the lessons you have learned through your seasons of waiting on Him.
Published: Feb 17 2010 05:38:49pm
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hm... how we seem to be in the same season of waiting... Its so trialsome and its painful to wait. But waiting is essential and it molds our faith... To Wait on the Lord, is to develop faith!!!!!! Enduring these dark moments, is like being placed in the firey furnace. Once we are taken out, we are purified as gold!!!!
OH and I must add... Psalms 40:1, I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.
The Lord hears us when we are patient... :)
and never forget the famous Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Be still beofre the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way over the man who carries out evil devices. (jump to verse 9) For the evil doers shall be cut off, but htose who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.