Hope in the Wait

God recently gave me a vision of me where he needs me to go and what he needs me to do in a significant area of my life, but immediately afterward, he hit the pause button and said, “Wait. Don’t move forward until I tell you to.”

Anyone who knows me knows when you give me something to do, I finish it, and I finish it now. I don’t like things hanging over my head, incomplete, and tend to barrel forward into everything with relentless determination. I am a workhorse that gets stuff done, like yesterday! But alas, my Father is teaching me patience. Unfortunately, patience is a fruit of the spirit that you only learn in situations that force you to be, well… patient.

Isaiah 40:31 – But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

The fact that he hit the pause button after showing me what needs to be done can be anxiety-provoking. However, I can also see God’s wisdom in the waiting, the patience he is teaching me, how he is forcing me to grow, rely on my faith, and find my hope in him. He’s cultivating peace in my spirit and helping me to learn to follow his instructions. After enough spectacular fails, I learned the hard way, if you move forward without God’s anointing, your life is essentially a train barreling down the tracks without a conductor. It ends in disaster, creates a mess, and potentially hurts a lot of people.

I don’t want that to happen again. I now recognize he’s cultivating characteristics in me that could never grow through instant gratification – like a little egg in the incubator. You can’t remove it before it’s time, or the treasure inside will perish. God knows the timing this needs, knows what I need to learn, and how I need to grow to get where he needs me to go – and that I will need those fruits of the spirit to survive and thrive once I get there.  I have to get my hope from that.

Romans 8:24-25 – And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

Once, during a similar period of waiting, I shared my vision at the time with a friend and said, “Now, should I do X, Y, or Z to move forward?” She simply replied, “Just do the last thing God gave you to do and keep doing that until he tells you to do something else.” Not so coincidentally, I heard those exact words in a sermon the following day. I waited then and kept doing what he wanted me to do, without adding my own special sauce to it, without complicating it, or trying to make it my own. (My husband will confirm, I am great at complicating things!) But that time, I held back, and God blessed that project beyond anything I could imagine. I need to be faithful and do that again.

Whether he’s telling you to stop or go, God is blessing you and teaching you something. He knows what’s best for you. Have faith!

My prayer for you: God, grant this woman the ability to wait faithfully for you. Help her trust in your plan for her life, and let her find peace in knowing you are always cultivating her and working for her good. Amen.

You are loved.

Are you in a period of waiting right now? If so, how are you coping? I would love to hear from you. Please share your experience in the comments below.

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