I was really trying to write and get this post out last week but it felt like something I was forcing and manufacturing… So I paused and really asked God, what is it that He wants me to say?
Here’s what I heard.
God has you and me exactly where He wants us. We don’t need to worry about tomorrow because He has already written out our days. He holds our tomorrow. As I sit and think on this concept I am reminded of these two verses:
Psalm 139:16, ESV: "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."
Matthew 6:25-27, ESV “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
As it’s written in Matthew above, what does my worrying add to this life? To be honest, it just adds unnecessary stress and if I think about it, at least for me, that unnecessary stress is usually linked to future events that I have no control over or could possibly not even ever happen!
So, when I feel like I’m in a season of waiting, which everyone has been in at some point in their life… I have to constantly remind myself to lay down my worry, and the unnecessary burden of stressing about the future at the feet of Jesus. I’ve learned that in the waiting is, if I’m intentional about my relationship with Jesus, where my faith grows deeper, I lean on Him more, I learn to trust Him with the things of the future instead of relying on myself to get me to where I want to go.
Lean into Him during this season of waiting, for in the waiting He is working.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
I recently came across a song by Bethany Dillon where she so beautifully sings this phrase that humbled me to my core.
“You could do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do”
More often than not, in seasons of waiting, I have found myself striving for something “better” or working even harder and pushing myself to see if I can get the end result I am looking for, or that I think I deserve. But what if… I was to completely rely on the Lord and look to Him for the satisfaction I am longing for or I ask Him to fill the void I feel in my life rather than searching and working for something that won’t fulfill me the way He does?
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.
Throughout the next weeks, months, and all of 2022 I’m challenging you and I to draw nearer to God in the times when it feels like you’ve been praying and waiting and expecting Him to move, but you haven’t seen anything change or you haven’t seen things unfold in the ways that you’d expect. He has you exactly where you are meant to be. One day, when we get to Heaven it will all make sense, looking back on our lives, we’ll be able to see all the beautiful moves God made on our behalf to get us to be exactly where we were needed. I know this is way easier said than done but be encouraged right where you are.
I know I am not the only one who needed to hear this or be reminded of this message. I hope you receive exactly what you need from this post.