Saturday, July 30, 2016

Waiting

I have found myself in this season of waiting ... and I'll be honest and say, I'm not really good at it! I've always thought of waiting as useless...a waste of time! Truthfully speaking, who likes to wait? I tend to grow impatient and anxiety can creep in. It's like a red light when I'm already late or a long line up when there is a thousand things on my "to-do" list! It can be frustrating to say the least and yet, this is where God has me right now! For a while, I just didn't understand why...and so I cried out, "what am I waiting for? and why? hasn't it been long enough?" I took my two year old temper tantrum ... shaking fists, stomping feet ... such a pretty sight for a grown woman, but it lead me to this ... 
 
"do you not trust Me when my answer is wait? my sweet child ... I have a plan and it is better than anything you could ever imagine! this is just a season ... WAIT!" ~GOD



 Sometimes I forget that childlike faith is completely different than acting like a child. 

We all have seasons we need to go through. A fallow field,  a winter wood ... valleys, deserts, pits ... regardless of what you use to define your wait, it tends to look barren, bleak, bare and yet this is where the greatest work takes place. I didn't understand the "fallow field" I was in because I saw it as unproductive ... but God is opening my eyes to see it from His perspective. 

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Farmers have been known to leave a field plowed and harrowed but left unplanted for a period in order to restore its fertility. This season is necessary for growth, restoration and replenishment. It is important so the crop in the following seasons will be fruitful and abundant. It's like the winter wood ... the trees loose their leaves, not to die but to bring new growth in the spring. When I look at my "fallow field" from this perspective, I can see how God is using this season to grow, restore and replenish me so I will be ready for the season ahead. A season He has already prepared for me. He is not punishing me but rather preparing me. It is not wasted time ... but working time. Only He will know when I am truly ready to move on to the next season but until then I need to remember that this is not a time to be dormant or lazy, it is a time to mature in faith, pray, trust, face fears head on and to be patient in the process!
"wait is your call for me
patience is the virtue you long to see"
Often I find that I want to know His plan, so I can trust the plan ... however God hides the plan so I will KNOW and trust Him! I struggle still ... with the wait ... and especially with patience but that is another part of the growth in this season. The next season awaits ... and when I am ready, God will bring me to it! Until then ... I will pray, trust and wait!

A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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



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