“It’s better to have a chicken tomorrow than an egg today.”
Waiting, showing patience has never been a strength of mine. I used to pray for God to help me show patience with my children, especially when they were in the middle of a tantrum. And in the good ‘ole fashion of the ways of God, He allowed me to have patience by providing me opportunities to practice it.
Not exactly what I had in mind. I really thought he would magically make me more patient, loving, and kind.
That didn’t happen…I had to work at it.
Now, my children are older and out of the tantrum phase, I can look back at how much I have grown as a person and a mom. Thank God He didn’t zap me with patience like I prayed for.
Today, as I work on my dreams of becoming a writer, I have my days of wishing God would make the path easier.
I wish all the hard work and learning I have been doing magically translated into success. But it doesn’t. I have to wait.
“Patience isn’t the ability to wait, but how you act while you wait.” Joyce Meyer
As I was pondering what to write and thinking about all the ways I could do a better job of waiting, my pastor preached a sermon on…you guessed it, waiting!
And then I came across a devotional from Proverbs 31 and I shared it on the God-sized Dreams Facebook page, it was an article written by Lysa Terkeurst titled, “Is this a Delay or a Dead End?”
So often when we are waiting for our dreams to happen, to finally make it and do what we feel we have been called to do, we reach a dead end…or, is it really a delay?
In Romans 8:24-25 we read: “That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” (MSG)
I get it, waiting is HARD. But waiting is good.
The goal is to get to a point in our lives where we can wait with joyful expectation.
Forgive all the times I haven’t trusted you. All the times I mistook a delay for a dead end and didn’t take my disappointment to you. Help me to trust you. Help me to wait well. Bring people in my life that will encourage me not to give up, and help me to encourage and be genuinely happy for others when they are seeing their dreams come true. You God, know my heart, my hurts, my struggles, my hopes, and my dreams. Open my eyes to what you are doing in me while I am in this season of waiting. Thank you Lord that you never give up on me.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Shared by: Alecia Simersky