Just wait, Beloved.
I’ve been thinking a lot about timing lately; God’s timing that is, which far exceeds any “awesome” plan I could ever have for my own life. "Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)" Of course there are things I wish I could’ve done differently in the past- don’t we all? I know it would have saved a lot of pain and heartache, that’s for sure. And what do you know? Here I am, going through another life transition that requires a lot of sitting at the feet of Jesus. I can say with confidence that learning to heed to the Holy Spirit is an absolute must. The times I have not, in my heart of hearts, actually heard from Holy Spirit Himself were the times I played with fire. In actuality, it brought me two steps backward and 3 layers deeper that eventually with time, needed to be taken care of.
Like I said before, in the past I have learned to wait on the Lord through a process that didn’t have to be painful, but because of my stubbornness, ended up that way. Finding your identity in Christ and the unquestionable refinement attached to that takes precious time and I promise-it's not necessarily the "fluffliest" of memories you'll have. Can I get an amen?!
Today I am so thankful that finally, for the first time in my life, I feel like I am learning to embrace the season that I am in. I finally understand He is doing so much inside of me so that I can be that much more rooted and grounded in His love for when, in HIS perfect timing, He releases me. I have received so much more from having the mindset that says, "Father, I do not want to miss out on what You are doing right here & right now- keep me steadfast.” An excerpt from a devotional that I read says it so much better-
“We often hear about waiting ON God, which actually means that He is waiting until we are ready. There is another side, however. When we wait FOR God, we are waiting until He is ready.”
This is interesting because both are hard but one requires to know and examine all areas of your own heart apart from the feelings and emotions that can cloud reality, while the other one requires LISTENING to what the heart of the Father is doing in this moment- for me and even more: for those around me. It's so easy to get caught up in ourselves. And let me tell you how much freedom there is when you come to that reality that it’s not about you and there is purpose and breakthrough happening in those around you- “Just wait, Beloved.” Every step we take, even before we take it, should be prayerfully considered and thought out and then confirmed. And then on top of all of that which is already challenging, allowing our hearts to be OPEN to change and readjustment while not being so set on what we hoped for to begin with. It goes on to say...
“Some people say, and many more believe, that as soon as we meet all His conditions, God will answer our prayer. They teach that He lives in an eternal NOW, that with Him there is no past or future, and that if we can fulfill all He requires to be obedient to His will, IMMEDIATELY our needs will be met, our desires satisfied, and our prayers answered.
While there is much truth in this belief, it expresses only one side of the truth. God DOES live in an eternal NOW, yet He works out His purposes over TIME. A petition presented to God is like a seed dropped into the ground. Forces above and beyond our control must work on it until the actual accomplishment of the answer."
I just want to take this opportunity to encourage you. If you find yourself in a similar place and you are wanting to hear from Him regarding this season you are in, or wanting to move forward in something that has been heavy on your heart, pray this simple prayer- “Holy Spirit, Come.” I don't think there is anything more powerful than these three words of invitation and openness to the Father.
This blog post was inspired by a song that's been on repeat that I have been meditating on this past week “Open Spaces by Housefires” from their new album. Go take a listen and run to the Father who is Faithful to fulfill His purpose for your life.