You know those trials where no matter how much you try, it seems impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You find yourself in the middle of this storm, and there seems to be no end in sight, no wait out. All you can do is…WAIT…and WAIT some more.
Oh, I know this all too well… I was there… actually, I am still there!
You see, a few years ago I decided to walk away from an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship. I was ready and eager to start a new season in my life, rekindle my relationship and walk with Christ, continue my vision, my goals, etc… Little did I know that decision to finally leave, marked the beginning of many trials ahead. Literal TRIALS!
Day after day, weeks that turned into months and months that turned into YEARS of court appearances after court appearances. For over a year, that court room became my battle zone and just when I thought it was almost over – PLOT TWIST! There I was a new year, same trials… now Waiting for another hearing, in order to keep my order of protection valid on paper.
Waiting is uncomfortable, it is unpleasant, it is Hard Work! As humans we want instant gratification, we want to microwave the results – 3 minutes, 2 seconds, BEEP – ALL DONE! I remember being so frustrated, thinking, “When will all this be over? WHEN!?” … Waiting desperately to have my “old life back”, wishing I could turn back time! Yet, as I sit here today, almost 4 years later, boy am I glad that we don’t have a time-traveling DeLorean! I would have completely missed the beauty of the waiting process…yes, BEAUTY.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith
Let perseverance finish its work
so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
Though waiting may cause frustration, tempt us to grow impatient, start worrying, to perhaps even wonder if God has heard our cry, our prayers, our needs. It is through the waiting where He Renews Us, Sanctifies Us, He Glorifies Himself through Us and creates Beauty from our broken pieces.
Through the Waiting, I found myself praying like never before…Through the Waiting I found my ultimate Defender, My Protector…Through the Waiting, I found myself speaking about God’s Love, Word, Light in ways I would have never imagined…Through the Waiting I found Forgiveness & Grace…Through the Waiting I FOUND MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST! Through the Waiting I found a LOVE I’ve never known…The Love of Jesus – What A Savior! He Saved Me Through The Waiting!
Enjoy and submerge yourself through your seasons of Waiting, Serve Him, Soak yourself in His Love, in His Word…with the Faith that He is Working ALL things for YOUR good…He is preparing a way for you, be ready to Bloom!
“He Is In The WAITING”
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!