|Posted on June 10, 2016 at 2:45 AM|
Last night I placed a popcorn bag into the microwave to enjoy a snack while watching my favorite television episode of Downton Abbey. During the commercial break, I usually prepared my popcorn before the commercial concluded. Last night was different. Instead of the aroma of hot buttered popcorn, the kitchen room filled with the disgusting odor of burnt popcorn. I had used the same popcorn brand from the same box of microwave popcorn so I couldn’t determine the problem. I instantly became frustrated with my situation when the television commercials ended and I saw Lady Mary appear. Lady Mary was anxiously waiting for her lover Matthew Crowley to return from war. I canceled my popcorn snack. A simple glass of ice water proved sufficient. Lady Mary became my priority for the next hour. My bedroom door remained closed while I sat in bed undisturbed watching Downton Abbey. Will Lady Mary’s heart strings be broken? How long will Lady Mary wait for Matthew?
No one enjoys waiting. We hate stop lights and long lines at the check out counters. We become irritated when fast food doesn’t arrive within five minutes at the drive up window. Few of us have the patience to go fishing for more than an hour without a nibble. We all want it now—right now.
The Word of God teaches that some of our best lessons are learned while waiting. Waiting rooms are hard classrooms, but important. Honestly, if we really actually knew how long we had to wait for some things, we would plan alternative solutions.
Instead, God uses the waiting period for our good. There are many rewards in waiting, but, three lessons I have treasured.
1. We learn to trust God.
Many friends enjoy giving advice and solutions for your life, but only God knows the right plan and purpose for you. He says “Trust in the LORD with all thy heart; and lean not unto thy own understanding.” Proverb 3:5,6 God is the only one who can truly understand us. When we trust God, He will lead us through the fulfillment of our purpose.
2. We discover His will.
Many times we seek the quickest solution to our problem only to find out it was wrong. God has our best in mind for us. The Lord is good to those who wait For him.
Stay in prayer. Read his word and listen to his voice to guide you. He is working all things together for our good. Romans 8:28
3. We receive His strength.
God says, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him to who lacks might He increases with power…those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength. Isaiah 40:29
As a young child, I often fainted and acquired panic attacks. As I grew my relationship with God, my endurance increased as well as my self-control. As we seek God through prayer, we grow in his attributes of joy, peace, patience, love, kindness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Waiting on God is like planting a corn field, You prepare the soil, plant the seeds and water it. Then you wait.
To see a sprout.
To see a bud.
All in His time.
Author, Joyce Yexley
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