But those who wait on 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. (Isaiah 40:31).
When we’ve done everything we can do, that’s when God will step in, and do what we can’t! Why do we convince ourselves, that we can handle, everything in our own strength, instead of relying on God, where our strength comes from?
Whom do you look to, when you’re facing issues, that’s out of your control? The response I’m quick to say, is that I look to God, in those difficult challenges. However, is my mind and heart, quick to agree, with that statement? If I’m being 100% honest, I’d have to say NO! Ouch!
The truth hurts us sometimes, doesn’t it Friends? If I looked to God for strength, I wouldn’t be trying to find a way, to “fix” the situation’s myself, would I? Can you relate? Do you tend to want to “fix it” like me?
It can be so hard, waiting for things, to change sometimes. We look around, and see nothing happening, so we want to try to rush it along. Have you ever looked back and questioned, “Wow, I sure made things worse by doing —–?” Yep, me too!
Why do we surrender something to God, to turn around and take it back? Do we think we can do, a better job than our King? Absolutely Not! We make an even bigger mess of things, or at least I do!
I have this OCD thing going on. I want things in a certain order. If they aren’t, I step in and put it, how I think it should be. In all honestly, that tendency leaks over, into everyday situations.
I will try to explain. For instance, lets say someone I love, may be dealing with a circumstance, I think they shouldn’t be.
- Do I let them try to figure out a solution to fix their problem?
- Do I jump in and try to “fix it” myself?
Did you guess correctly? Yep, I try to fix it, according to how I think it “should be.” Is that the right thing to do? Are the individuals learning anything, by my jumping in to “handle it?” I would say no, they aren’t.
I will give you another example. I’m the type of person, who would rather go ahead, and do something, than to depend on others, to do the same thing, I would do myself.
- Do I give them, the opportunity to see, if they’ll do, what I think they should?
- Do I think why bother, If it’s needing, to be done, I will just do it myself?
Did you guess the right response? I bet you did. Instead of waiting to see, if the individual would “jump in” on their own, I’m thinking to myself, why wait, I know they aren’t going to. I’m just gonna do it myself.
That can be so exhausting, plus you get run down, mentally and physically.
Do you know, that we can put God, in a similar situation? That’s something I wouldn’t want to do intentionally. However, I’ve come to realize, that I do that very thing. Have you considered, if you do as well?
Y’all, my health issues, can be hard to deal with, at times. It can consume my thoughts, if I allow it to do so. I know it could be much worse, that being said, still doesn’t make it easy sometimes.
As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten so tired, of waiting on the Doctors, to do something, with my foot, I’ve taken it into my own hands, so to speak. Trust me, when I say, that may NOT be, necessarily a good thing.
Much to often, I question God’s timing. Why this? Why that? Why can’t you do it this way, my way? What’s taking so long? Will you step in and “fix it” already Lord?
Waiting and trusting, God’s timing is easy, when all is going well. It’s in those challenging times, when it’s the most difficult. We tend to want to jump ahead, of his way, and his timing.
I think as women, it’s in our nature, to want things “fixed” quickly. It’s our nurturing nature. Especially as Mother’s. Let’s NOT forget also, for someone with a OCD nature, it can be even more problematic.
Waiting is a fact of life—nobody gets out of it. So the question is NOT if we’ll wait, but rather HOW we’ll wait.
Two Ways to Wait (Joyce Meyer) say’s it much better than I EVER could. All of us will wait passively, or we’ll wait expectantly.
A) A passive person hopes something good will happen and is willing to sit around waiting to see if it does. After a short time, he gives up, saying, “That’s it! I’ve waited and waited and nothing’s happened.” The passive person has a lot of wishbone but not much backbone!
B) The expectant person, on the other hand, is hopeful, believing the answer is just around the corner, due to arrive any minute. His belief is not a passive thing. His heart is full of hope, expecting his problem to be solved at any moment. He wakes up every morning expecting to find his answer. He may wait and wait, but suddenly what he’s been waiting for happens.
I would LOVE for my answer to be B, The expectant person. However, I must be honest. More often than I care to admit, I HATE to say this, but I am A, the passive person.
I would love, for certain situations, in my life, to be different, than what they are. I have believed and prayed, for a different outcome often, with no change. Satan then sneaks in my mind, and weasels his thoughts in. You know the mind games, he’s so good at playing, so I will leave it at that.
It can be tough, at times to wait, and NOT jump in, to “fix it” or “try to” anyway! I do NOT claim to be perfect, and I know, that I’m far from it. I am human, and make poor choices, on a daily basis. But God….full of grace and mercy, forgives me anyway, even though I do NOT deserve it.
We MUST rely, on our trust and faith in God, to “fix things!” He knows what he’s doing. We may NOT see any changes, before our natural eyes, however, that doesn’t mean, he isn’t working, it all out, for His Glory, and our good. NO MATTER WHAT!
I do NOT know about you, but I MUST stop thinking, in the here and now, and start thinking, with an eternal perspective!
The one thing, we can cling to, is this..NO MATTER WHAT, God will ALWAYS LOVE US! We can “mess up” over and over again, and nothing will change the love, he has for YOU, and the love he has for ME! We can try to jump in and “fix things” and end up doing it completely wrong, and he will still have, his arm wide open, for us to run into, and say “my child, why didn’t you trust me…I was handling it my way!”
That is a Promise we can hold fast to!
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.