If you are anything like me, you’ve felt like you’ve been in the waiting room of life just hoping that your name is called. You may even feel like life is passing you by and everyone is advancing but you. These are all the things the enemy feeds us in attempt to make us anxious, fearful, and impatient.
Since making the choice to change careers in 2013, God has placed me in many seasons of waiting! I left my will and my personal agenda behind and I decided to take up God’s will for my life–this means there will be times of waiting. Before stepping out on faith, I was used to doing things in my own strength; there was no such thing as waiting on God. Do you know where that got me? Nowhere! So, I’ve made up in my mind that I will do God’s will regardless of how much it pains to wait.
The wait is not always pleasurable, trust me I know, BUT God will equip you with what you need while you wait. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- The Importance of Surrendering to God’s Will and Time
When you decide to surrender your will over to God’s, I believe that everything in life starts to happen when it’s supposed to! Surrendering your will over to God is a conscious decision to follow God’s voice and His plan regardless of how it looks. Do you know why we get frustrated so much about life? Because we have too many expectations about how things are supposed to work out–I am guilty of this! When you allow your expectations to supersede God’s plans, you place God in a box. One of my favorite scriptures is: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20)—this alone should encourage you stop thinking so much. What God is able to do will pale in comparison to what our finite minds can comprehend. So, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:4-6).
When I quit my career as a social worker, I thought that I was supposed to find another job in the social work field (finite mind). After months of “nos”, I decided to throw in the towel and be still (surrender). I didn’t know that I was surrendering; I only knew that I’d given up trying to work things out in my own strength. In my stillness, God spoke to me and said “start a blog”—if you’ve read my other blog post you know that this act alone opened doors for me beyond my wildest dreams (exceeding abundantly). I had no idea what I was doing when I started the blog, I only knew I needed to follow that inner voice (God’s will). It is through your full surrender that God is able to do His best work in your life. God cannot touch it if you still have your hands on it- make room for God and surrender.
- The Need to Change My Perspective About Waiting
The enemy fights us in our minds first! He plagues us with fear about how things will work out and anxiousness that things wont work out. We must take control over the things we allow to linger in our minds about life and what God is doing in it. We must learn to bring every negative thought captive.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
God is not making us wait to punish us; we have to learn how to change our perspective about waiting! Have you ever thought that you may not be ready for all the things you’ve prayed for yet? Some of us would ruin the blessings if we got them when we asked for them. Let me encourage you to let God mold and shape you into the perfect recipient for the things you’ve been praying.
- Why Comparison is The Enemy of Dreams
We have all, at some point, been guilty of coveting or desiring what someone else has based on what we see on social media. We subconsciously live our lives vicariously through people we don’t know (this is how products are marketed and sold). Comparison becomes deadly when we start to believe that we are behind “life’s schedule”.
The enemy wants you to compare what you have with what someone else has! He does this because if you are focused on what another individual has you will never seek or find the fullness of what God has for you! Rubbernecking takes your eyes off the road—think about it.
If you’ve made up in your mind to chase after God, you are where you need to be in this very moment. You are not missing any blessings and you certainly aren’t lacking anything. You are not in competition with anyone for the blessings that God has for you! Let the success of others be an inspiration to you of what God can do. Kill comparison before it kills your dreams!
Prayer: Lord God, help me because I feel like my impatience is causing me to lose hope and faith that you will answer my prayers. God, help me to focus on the things you are dong in my life and less on the blessings that others are receiving. Help me to have a desire to read your word that I may feast on the thought of who you are. Prepare me for the purpose you have destined me for so that when the blessings fall I have hands that are ready to receive. Lord, I thank you for your mercy that makes me wait and your peace that helps me to wait. God, I know that you are sovereign which means that nothing withheld from me is without intent. Lord, your ways and your plans are perfect so equip me with the courage to wait. I will trust you beyond my understanding of your plans in Jesus’ name. Amen.