yThere was a period of time when we were getting ready to build our dream house, on our family land here in Minnesota. We thought it would be so great, designing the house, looking so far into the future that we were trying to figure in a live-in apartment for our kids on the lower level. It was going to be so great. But then all the building details came and I have often said to friends why we didn't build, "It was four "no's" to one "yes".
We would get excited and then came a frustration that left us disappointed and not able to move to the next step. Looking back I am so thankful for those steps that were blocked, for they came from the Lord. Protection! That's why we pray for wisdom and the Lord's will. He knows best.
We found ourselves cold and living in a camper trailer in the middle of October and our last "no" felt like all of our anxiety and frustrations were let go. We still didn't have a home though! So we prayed. Like PRAYING type of praying where you wait on the Lord fervently. Do you know what happened two weeks later? My realtor friend found the farmhouse we are living in today, before it even went on the market. A finished home, land to raise animals and a big enough home to host families for supper (we love to!).
Waiting is GOOD and often it tends to blow us away with how God can bless us. This story of our house and us saying "no" when we still didn't know the future is my forever story of how God provides and He knows the timing for which we need something.
It's the story I tell to friends when they are discouraged and can't find hope in their current season of life. It's my visual when I stand in my warm home with our four children and start to complain about something, I am seeing that God provided for us - abundantly. And I turn my complaints to praise.
Waiting is good for us because it teaches us perseverance. And that virtue is just way too good to pass up.
Yes, it can be painful during the wait but growth is what happens while we wait - if we don't resist it. We wait for 9 months to hold our child, we wait until we get married, we wait until we find our dream home (if it exists!) and we wait for an answer whether we should go or stay.
God is in charge of whether we stay or go. But obedience on our end is key.
How do we hear His voice over everyone else's and our own? We quiet our minds, hearts, and agenda's. Cancel everything and sit with Him and start reading your Bible.
I wonder how often I have tried to solve our issue at hand by just plowing ahead and thinking my solution (temporary, of course) will be better than waiting? Have you done this before? Maybe you are currently? I encourage you to stop, and write down what you are going through and what you are thinking. Listen to the Lord. Wait and listen. Don't rush to the next thing. He knows what you need and WHEN.
Praying for you friends,
Hello friends, I'm joy. ..
I love sharing my life with you. I enjoy being vulnerable and real because it's then that I hear, "you too?". I hope reading the words from my heart encourages you. We're in this together, friends, so grab your coffee or tea and stick around!