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This is from Elaine Woods, our Children’s Director-

Don’t Hesitate to Wait: God is Never Late

Whether you are waiting in line at Starbucks, waiting for your child in the kiss and ride line, or waiting in traffic, we all know what it’s like to wait.  Luckily, most of us have smart phones that keep us entertained during these times.   In this culture of immediate gratification, we’ve become impatient and want every minute to count.

Even waiting for something enjoyable such as a concert to begin, or a wedding to start can be a nuisance.  It isn’t in our nature to wait.

One of the hardest waits I find is waiting for answered prayer.  Sometimes God answers prayer immediately; other times we wait years to hear.  I remember praying before bed for an interesting idea to blog about, and in the middle of the night, an idea came to me.  I also have a prayer I’ve been praying for about 10 years now and still haven’t heard the answer.

But we have to remember that God’s timing is different than our own. He sees things from a different lens and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in His grand plan for our lives.

Whether WE believe it or not, God has created and designed the world to fulfill HIS purpose.

Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it’s easy to forget this. After all, waiting is “remaining inactive in one place while expecting something.”  Being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world – nobody likes that feeling.

But we must keep in mind God’s greater plan and His perfect timing.

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

It’s understandable to have doubt.  It’s normal, not unusual, to question God’s presence in your life.

I sometimes feel that God is answering everyone else’s prayer before mine.

But remember that God said He will never leave us or forsake us. If He seems silent now, it is because He has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet. We must trust in His plan.

The Bible is filled with stories of people waiting on God’s timing:

·  Jesus was about 30 years old when He began His ministry

·  Moses was in the desert for 40 years before he was sent by God to rescue the children of Israel from the Egyptians

·  David had to wait at least 15  years before he became king of Israel

·  Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaac

·  Noah had to wait 120 years from the time God told him to build the ark until the time the flood actually occurred

·  The apostles waited until after Jesus ascended into Heaven before they received the Holy Spirit in the upper room

The key to waiting is not the length of time but how we handle the wait. The Bible teaches us that we should “wait on the Lord.” We must choose to be optimistic about our future as God guides our lives.

After all, if we had all the details in advance, we wouldn’t be walking in faith would we?

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.

 

God usually answers yes, no, or hold on…I have something better planned for you.  Waiting strengthens our faith, teaches us patience, and reminds us it’s not all about us.

This Prayer can help you as you wait on God’s perfect timing:

Gracious God,

I have been waiting for ________________ for so long now, and I come before you today to ask for your help. I pray that you will strengthen my faith so that I will put my trust in your perfect timing and plan for my life. I thank you for the blessings you have given me so far.  I will put my complete trust in you that you will answer my prayers in your own time.

Amen