We live a fast-paced world of instant internet and drive-through dinners. When we cast our deepest longings heavenward, we want to see God start making everything fall into place immediately. But He refuses to submit to our schedule. His timing is perfect, but often confusing to us. We only see a tiny part, like looking through the keyhole. He sees the whole room, the building it’s in, and everything beyond that. It can be frustrating when we have to wait for God.
We must keep in mind that He always has excellent reasons for asking us to wait. We are the impatient child wanting to eat our cake now. He is the loving parent who refuses to serve us something half-baked. God won’t present us with what He’s prepared for us until it’s just right.
So, if you’re in a time of waiting for God, please don’t entertain any thoughts that He’s holding out on you. He just has to make sure the center is done on the big batch of awesomeness He’s cooking up for you. Instead, listen to His heart for you while you wait:
My Dear Child,
I have heard your prayer and will answer it in the way that is best. It may not be the answer you want or expect, or happen in the timing you desire, but I will answer. I’m never too late or too early or too stingy. Trust my gifts and my timing, my child. I will give you the answer you need at just the right time.
Wait for it.
Watch for it.
Prepare to praise me for it when you become aware that I am beginning to answer it. Even if my answer is “no” or “not yet”, that doesn’t mean I love you any less or that I am unable or unwilling to intervene. It just means that I have something far better in mind.
Something so good, you can’t even fathom it.
Sometimes, the things you ask for are too small,
I long to give you so much more.
You may think I’m telling you “no”, but really, I’m expanding my “yes” to something beyond what you can possibly comprehend or even perceive. I may also be protecting you and those you pray for from dangers and pitfalls you don’t even know exist.
Don’t stress about the future. I have your tomorrows covered. In fact, I’m already there waiting for you. You keep your focus on today, and your eyes fixed on me, your mind set on heavenly things and your heart where your true treasure is hidden. I’ll keep it safe.
Let me worry about tomorrow. You’ve got enough to deal with today. And I only give you grace to deal with today. You haven’t been given the grace for tomorrow yet. After all, I do want you to come back again tomorrow. I enjoy talking with you.
Don’t wait for me like you’re waiting in line at the DMV. Wait for me eagerly and with hope, expectantly watching to see me at work on this earth. I will show up. But you might miss me if you’re not paying attention, distracted by all that you do and care for and worry over and enjoy.
When you see my answer dawning over you like the rising sun, please don’t forget to thank me. I don’t ask you to thank me for my own benefit or to stroke my ego. I have no need of that. I want you to thank me for your own sake for Gratitude is the mother of Joy.
When you stand in wonder at how I’ve worked everything out for your good, even if you can’t perceive it yet. Remember to whom the credit is due. Give the glory back to me. Praise me for all I’ve done. I don’t need your praise. I am all-sufficient in myself alone. But you need to praise me lest you forget from whom all blessings flow. You exist to glorify me and when you do, you fulfill your ultimate purpose and you are satisfied in the deepest and hungriest places of your soul.
Now, wait, my child.
Wait and watch for me.
I AM coming.
I AM coming to you.
I AM coming soon.
I beg you…please be ready.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
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Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain the weary and equip people to live a life of faith filled with purpose.
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