Before God moves suddenly, we will wait. Waiting for answers is a fact of life — nobody gets out of it. So the question is not if we will wait, but rather how we will wait; I believe how will determine how long.
I have been in this season, a season of waiting and tears. A season where I feel as if everything is out of my grasp. As if I am sitting here, shackled with just enough room to grasp into the darkness. Grasping for something I know is there, but have not one of latching on to.
I have two options: worship while I wait, or sulk and deny any possibility of hope.
I know I am not alone, so I want to share this season with you.
But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. (Acts 16)
God hears you while you are waiting. He is not absent, He is not far, He is not useless.
God hears you, and God will release your shackles.
We need to keep waiting on God and trusting in Him with a sweet and simple faith. Then, in a way we never could've figured out, God moves!
we all have this worry gene
It keeps me up at night. It swells my eyes with tears. It stops my heart. It hinders my vision.
This is what worry does to us. It warps our mind, and squeezes our hearts. It tricks us into believing that God could never come through this time. It sends a message through our bones that this is where we stay - stuck forever.
When we choose to worry rather than worship we are choosing to trust the world more than we truth our Heavenly Father. We are choosing to abandon all that He has placed in us, and simply walk empty through the rest of our days. We get stuck in this box of worry, that we forget God promised to never abandon us. When we choose to worship, rather than worry, we are choosing to truth in His timing above our own. We are choosing to thrive, and we are choosing to grow. When we choose worship, we are filling that little box of worry up with hope and faith and laughter and joy and promise.
Worry gets us nowhere.
Worship gets us to freedom.
We are called to wear strength and dignity, with faith in God. With a smile on our face and a chuckle in our heart when considering the future. To trust in God, whose faithfulness in the past assures us that He will work out our current circumstances and in the future.
As we pass through these seasons of waiting, we often find the things that concern us to be blessings. (click to tweet)
God knows your future as well as He knows you.
Our job is to seek to know Him more as we place our future in His hands.
Through seasons of waiting, and through seasons of growth - we are called to still seek Him. (click to tweet)
We all go through these seasons of waiting, but we are not going alone.
But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. (Hosea 12:6)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalms 27:14)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalms 37:7)
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:7-8)
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2)
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
Whatever you may be waiting for, there is still hope, and there is joy. Whatever you may be praying for, there is still peace, and there is love.
I created a playlist on Spotify for this season, and would love if you would add in some of your favorites that help you get through these moments.