31 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 (King James Version) (KJV)
“Are we there yet? How much longer? I thought this was my stop. You’re late. Let’s just go somewhere else”.
Waiting is hard. For those of us that live our lives on high-speed, every decision is covered with bandwidth beyond the moment. Running at full steam, our eyes are often affixed on the end rather than being present in the moment we are in. We can be overly concerned with the destination rather than the journey—a journey that has peaks, valleys, joy and laughter, wait and hold times. The beautiful thing is, there is within this journey, a contingency that allows for strength renewal along the way. Waiting, in my opinion, is an art-form. How we wait matters. If we have the right perspective then the view from our seat becomes arrayed with possibilities and endless opportunities that are being conditioned for our arrival. At the right time, at the precise juncture we can indulge in our customized treasure.
Some would say that I was a late bloomer when it came to finding lasting love. A marriage proposal didn’t come for me until my late thirties. It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested or didn’t have a desire to be married. These things were definitely a deep desire of mine. I believe that God knew the precise moment that I should experience this new season of my life. it really does take a measure of faith to trust that God has not forgotten about you or passed you by on His way to answer the requests of others. Please know, that I didn’t always wait with expectation. At times I was a horrible passenger complaining with a loud voice on the journey to here. Now, when I look back on those times I realize that my response to the wait had a lot to do with my fainting trust. At times, I simply felt like God was not hearing me. Obvisouly, He was listening.
During the years while I was waiting for love to find me I made many mistakes, but I also found comfort when I allowed my heart to embrace the fact that God’s love for me would insure that I had everything that I needed. It gets better when we:
1) Trust that God does NOT lie.
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
2) Embrace the fact that God’s timing is perfect.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3
3) Maintain our focus and pursue our purpose.
When Maceo found me I was in full-throttle mode pursuing my purpose. I wasn’t looking for him…I was doing what I felt God has purposed for me to do. He found me working the plan.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Don’t forsake today in hopes for tomorrow. Be present in your life.
There’s an art to waiting…..make sure you capture a masterpiece. Faith will guide your strokes as you paint on your canvas. Wisdom colors within the lines of the beautiful picture God designed for your life. Courage will fuel your desire for what lies ahead and what is right now.
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Prayer while you wait….
Lord, I know that I can be impatient at times. Teach me the art of waiting. Show me how to rest in your arms and trust that my life is right on schedule when I am connected to you. I open myself up to all the growth moments that are inevitable while I wait. Today, I choose to grab a cup of coffee and sit with you in the quiet. I refuse to rush through this day. I want to taste it, feel it, live in it, and enjoy it.
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