Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why Wait?

In June I wrote a post called, "His Way." In it I talked about a time in my life in which I was in a holding pattern. I've been thinking about that a little bit more lately.
I read something today in which waiting on the Lord was presented as a bad thing, laziness, in fact. The truth is that if we don't wait for the Lord before we act we can cause huge damage to our lives and the lives of others.
In the post I'd written in June I talked about how God had me in a position where I knew my life could not move forward. I knew that I was heading no where. To tell the truth most of my friends were starting to seriously date and meet those men who would become their husbands. I was a little lonely, and I wanted to enjoy the happiness that they were. I would never have admitted it at the time, but there you go, the truth at last.

I'm so thankful for the way the Lord pursues us to teach us what we need to know so that we may grow closer to Him! It is not in my nature to be patient, but the Lord sort of held me down and forced me to wait on Him. What a tremendous gift that was!
When I waited for the husband that He had prepared for me, I learned that He was satisfying enough to meet all my emotional needs. (Again, I wrote about that in this post.)
I'm not saying that a Christian's job is to be inactive. The Lord always has work for us to do, and we can serve Him no matter where we are. But, when I tried to advance beyond His leading for my life the slamming doors metaphorically caught my nose, and I left those situations bruised. I'm glad that the Lord prevented me from moving ahead of His plan in anything that might be permanent. Imagine if I'd done so in my choice of husband! I praise the Lord for holding patterns, those times in our lives when we can be still and know that He is the Lord of our lives, we can rest in the assurance that He is God. I'm so thankful that He is my satisfaction and that my emotional and physical needs do not have to rely on a person to be filled. People are weak and everyone you know can and probably will fail you, but He never does! I can rejoice that I can wait on His answer to my prayers and that when that answer is given He gives the grace to move ahead or just to move on with that answer!

"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." -Psalm 27:14

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." -Psalm 46:10

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