How to Trust God in the Waiting
My husband and I are in a state of transition. We’re “on the other side of something” to quote singer Sara Groves. We’re on the other side of raising our kids, of the big 5-0, let’s face it…we’re on the other side of life.
It’s one of those seasons when things are a bit uncertain. It’s not a terrible time, though I confess I do have to fight worry. Because there are more questions than answers. Questions like…
- Should we move, now that the kids are grown? And since that’s a probable…
- Where should we move? To a home nearby? A bigger move? To an apartment? Another house?
- What will Chris do when he finishes his dissertation?
- Am I concentrating on the work that I’m called to? Is there something else?
- What’s our five-year plan? Our10-year plan?
- What are the things I/we want to experience, see, concentrate on…What’s on my/our bucket list?
And what does all this have to do with God-sized Dreams?
Well, when life seems a bit up in the air…my dreams seem a bit up in the air, too.
My God-sized Dreams are tied in to my practical, logical life. At least to some degree. I mean, sure, there are definitely elements of my God-sized dreams that are out of the realm of completely doable by me…otherwise they wouldn’t be God-sized, right?
So what’s a dreaming girl to do in the midst of uncertainty? <==Tweet This
This week Sarah Young’s devotional Jesus Calling spoke to me,
“When you don’t know what to do, wait while I open the way before you.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m not so good at waiting. I don’t want to wait. It makes me uneasy, impatient. Like the child I once was squirming in the backseat, I’m whining calling out to God, “When are we going to get there?”
I’m also wondering if God is on this? Is He really there in my details? Does He really care? Did I miss something…will I miss something in the waiting?
But that instruction…to wait while He opens the way before us. That’s the key. God has things to do…divine orchestration…lessons…the best instead of just plain good…in that waiting. Those things may have nothing or everything to do with me.
Regardless, I can trust God with my future. I can trust God with my questions. I can trust God with my very life. Because I…no, we have His Word. <===Tweet This
So in the waiting, we can trust and believe:
1. He’s got this and He’s got good things in store!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
2. He’s with us and will give us rest!
The Lord says, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Psalm 29:11
3. He will equip us to do His will!
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
So if you, like me, are in the midst of the toss and turn of questions, and doubts, fear, worry are threatening to drown you…Let’s wait. Let’s trust. Let’s hand over our lives and allow God to really take the wheel, and let’s enjoy the journey.
How can I pray for you?