Sunday, January 9, 2011

God's "Waiting Room" (Part Two)


Have you ever visited God’s “Waiting Room” before? It’s that place where God wants to teach you something new and take you deeper in your walk with Him. I’ve sat in God’s “waiting room” many times in the past. It’s a place of growth, building trust, increasing our faith, and drawing us near to God. It is life-changing.

The best thing about God’s “waiting room” is that He never wastes a moment of our waiting. He has a purpose and a plan in it all. Some of my past visits there included… seeking God’s direction for my life career-wise, waiting on the man of my dreams, waiting on a child after a miscarriage, seeking new direction for our family ministry-wise, and seeking healing inside and out. God is faithful no matter what season you are facing in your life right now.

Previously we talked about different reasons why God might have us wait. Let’s look at them again briefly…

Reasons why God might ask us to wait…

1. Maybe… He is “growing us” so we are mature and strong enough to face whatever may come next for us in life.

2. Maybe… He is “healing” us so we are ready to move forward spiritually well inside and out.

3. Maybe… He wants to give us “new directions” for the next phase of the journey ahead.

4. Maybe… He is working out the details for the next phase of His plan for our lives (“setting the stage” for what’s ahead).

I am not a patient person and I do not like to wait. It’s no fun… especially when there is no expected time frame. I especially do not like waiting rooms. They can be tedious and at times time consuming. I always bring something to do because I never know how long I will be waiting. I read, but others make lists, check messages, watch TV, etc… You can be productive and accomplish much while you wait, if you choose to do so.

Why not make the most of your time in God’s waiting room however long that may be. Don’t waste time getting angry, becoming bitter, letting your spiritual life die, or doing nothing at all. Be productive and make the most of where God has placed you for this season. Another season is coming after this filled with exciting possibilities. Prepare for it now! Here are a few things you can do to be productive in God’s “Waiting” season of your life…

What can we do while we are waiting?

“…Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” I Corinthians 13:13

What can we do while we are waiting…

1. Love Extravagantly

Extravagant can be defined as “without restraint, to lavish, beyond ones means.” Extravagant love for God is… a radical love relationship with God. Head over heals in love! It’s a radical love and commitment to God that is reflected to others by our words and behavior. Let’s look at this “crazy love” a little closer.

Love God- In the midst of your “waiting” time… keep loving God. Keep growing, keep doing what you’ve been doing all along… keep reading the Bible, keep Praying, and keep going to church. Don’t allow this “waiting” time to become a big pause in your walk with God.

Love People – In the midst of your waiting time… keep loving people. Don’t let the stupidity of others scar you for life and shape who you become. People can be hurtful and hateful at times… choose to forgive and allow God time to heal your heart. Unforgiveness only hurts you. Don’t even allow bitterness the opportunity to enter your life. Choose to let God love people through you. It is only through Him that we can truly love everyone.

Love Life – In the midst of your waiting time… keep loving life. Keep moving forward. Don’t pull back and isolate yourself from everyone. Hiding from the world doesn’t bring healing to your heart, it only postpones it. Instead choose to stay involved… in your family, church, activities, and living. We need each other. Find people to share your life with and invite them to grow with you. In times of trouble and difficulty our family and friends can become a life support to us. Life is better with others to share it with us.

What can we do while we are waiting…

2. Trust Steadily

Trust can be defined as… “to expect confidently.” Expect God confidently to show up and take care of all of the details of your life. God has shown up and taken care of you in the past and He will do it again. He has everything under control... Trust Him!

Let God begin to fill your heart with “extraordinary faith” … remarkable, amazing, unusual, peculiar, and notable faith. As your faith grows, your trust and confidence in God will grow as well. Faith provides eyes for the heart to see the impossible as though it is. Is there anything impossible that you are facing today? Trust God and believe He is at work behind the scenes on your behalf.

What can we do while we are waiting…

3. Hope Unswervingly

Hope is defined as… “Trustful expectation” or “a feeling that what is wanted will happen.” Believe steadily that God can do the impossible in your life! It’s time to begin to dream again. Let God fill your heart with “God dreams” while in His “waiting room.” Dream of what God may have ahead for you.

What could happen if we started stepping out in faith and believing what God promised? Maybe people will get healed, delivered, and set free. Maybe miracles will happen and others will notice and be drawn to God. Waiting can be exciting as we watch and see the miracles God performs before us. Our lives are His stage to perform His grand masterpiece.

“I wait quietly before God for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5

As you “wait” on God may you become stronger and grow deeper in Him. Remember God never wastes our waiting. He has a purpose for everything and has it all under control. Trust Him with the details. When you waver in your “waiting,” never hesitate to ask others to join you in prayer. Prayer is powerful and where two or three gather together in prayer, God is there. May God bless you as you continue on your journey with Him. I’m believing He has amazing things in store for your life.

“Consecrate (prepare) yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5

Living to leave a Legacy,
Julie

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