Are You Waiting Today?
Though many in the world may not know it, we all, believer and unbeliever alike sit at the feet of Jesus waiting...together.
It seems a strange thing to our human way of thinking that we should be forced to wait. It’s not an easy thing for the flesh. When I think of how many “plans and prospects,” have been put on hold; or as we say in our family, are now “in a holding pattern, (when your husband is a pilot, you get accustomed to aviation metaphors!), it amazes the mind.
Millions of people who have free will and independent spirits being “forced” to submit to stillness. That’s profound. And, I am certain it has not been an easy thing for most. Especially, for the part of the world that has chosen not to acknowledge the One who is in control of ALL things. I personally don’t believe God has caused this crisis...because God’s word says “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. And evil doesn’t come from God but from the adversary. (Deuteronomy 32:4) But...God is never caught unaware, He is all knowing and all seeing. And He is able to use ALL circumstances for His glory and even for the good of His people. (Romans 8:28)
Our ways are not God’s ways, our thoughts are not His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9)...we may not understand why we are waiting but if we are among those that trust in Him, we can rest knowing that His ultimate plan for us is best! And for those who don’t know God (yet), this may be God trying to reach you...in a time of stillness He could be trying to speak to your heart, lovingly trying to show you that you can turn to Him in your trials-because He longs to have a relationship with you.
If you are waiting today...take heart there is One who knows and sees all you are going through and who can even bring amazing things out of your trials.
Wait: by Russel Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied.
I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”
“Wait? You say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why.
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.
“My future, and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me ‘wait’?
I’m needing a ‘yes,’ or a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no,’ to which I can resign.
“And Lord, you have promised that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking: I need a reply!”
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.” So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God; “So I’m waiting, for what?”
He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, darken the sun,
Raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.
“All you see I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust, just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me,
When darkness and silence was all you could see.
“You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth and the beat of my heart.
“The glow of My comfort late in the night’
The faith that I give when you walk without sight;
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinate God who makes what you have last.
“And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’
Yes, your dreams for that loved one o’ernight could come true,
But the loss! if you lost what I’m doing in you.
“So be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all…is still…wait.”