Psalm 37:3-7 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
Sometimes, God closes a door and seems to take a L-O-N-G time (in our timeline) to open the window. He does this for a couple of reasons, here are a couple that come to mind:
- To refine us – to prune off those branches of our character that will not be helpful for us in the next part of our journey
- To prepare us – to get us ready for what happens when the window is opened
- To prepare others – for their part in our journey
This is the season I am in right now. Waiting. Waiting for God’s next move. Waiting for the next Call. Discerning where and what role I even want to consider in a Call. Here is what God has been doing during this 3-month long wilderness season of waiting:
He has given me freedom to rediscover who I am. Not who I think others want me to be, but really, who I am… as a leader, as a friend, as a mom & wife, as a community member:
- He has given me time with my young children that I would have missed had I stayed in my last Call
- He continues to develop patience in me (seriously, why did I ask for that so often when I was a kid?!)
- He continues to teach me how to be bold and courageous in professing my faith and in standing up for myself and others
So, what do we DO when we are in a season of waiting? We pray. We praise Him. (God changes things when we praise Him, but that’s another post for another time!). We listen to God. We find joy (sometimes we have to look hard for it, but it’s there) in our present circumstances and look forward with hopeful expectation to what God will bring forth for our next chapter of life. We take delight in the LORD. We do good things for our world around us no for our church community.
What else might God be doing in a time of waiting? What is He doing/has He done when you’ve been in a season of waiting? What Scripture has He used to encourage you? Enter the conversation and share your thoughts below!