I’m Aware: Why God Makes Us Wait
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
A lot of us are waiting for our lives to change. We have dreams, visions, goals, and desires structured very different than our current realities. Some of us have even received divine confirmation that our wishes directly align with the will of God. The question is “when?”
My 12-day spiritual retreat extended into a three-month hiatus, because I tried to change God’s mind instead of my own. The truth is, I took my spiritual retreat to meditate on how my husband and I could flee Philadelphia, our valley of grief. I had hoped God would say, “this is when you are going to move, this is where you are going to move, and this is how.” However, God said “get ready, because you are not. You have unfinished business. You must wait!”
The bible tells many stories about the prophets and the children of Israel receiving messages from God in regards to their future. There seems to be a cycle to purpose. First, a person’s purpose is revealed by God i.e. Abraham being told he would be the father of many nations, Noah being told to build the ark, David being anointed King by Samuel, and the Angel Gabriel speaking to Mary about Jesus.
Then there is a long period of waiting. Abraham waited 25 years for Isaac to be born, 120 years passed before Noah and his family saw the first drop of rain, David waited 22 years between his anointing and his appointment as King of Israel, and Jesus was 30 years old when he began to reveal himself as The Son of God. What happens while we wait?
The truth of the matter is God does us a favor by making us wait. Our waiting period is a time of transformation where God strengthens our character. We have a tendency to want to rush into our promise/purpose. We do not realize that we cannot be who we were and who God has called us to be at the same time. We have unfinished business, doors to close, skills to develop, and habits to change before we can access the Kingdom of God within. God will not invest in us to fail.
It has taken me three-months to write this post, because I have been so distraught over my surroundings. The memories of my last year in Philadelphia are so traumatizing that I developed a serious case of “Who is the Master?” Finally, I had to ask myself, “Am I willing to pay the cost for my dreams? Can I commit to serving The Lord under any circumstance and conqueror all odds?
Noah had to build the ark. Abraham had to develop his character and faith in God. David fought many battles to reign as King, and Jesus died on a cross for our sins!
Where ever we are in life is exactly where God, The Master, wants us to be. “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Philippians 4:13 We must renew our strength, heal old wounds, and build the stamina to run towards our dreams! This is how we prove our unconditional faithfulness to God.
If God made you a promise that you have yet to see come to pass, it is because you are not ready. There are some steps you must take before God will open those doors. Believe that he will never leave or forsake you. Do not give up. Do not turn back. I don’t care what it is or how outrageous it may sound to others. If God put it in your heart, it is yours. Surrender to the will of God, allow him to order your steps, handle your business, and you will get your blessing!