During this present season of waiting for specific prayers to be answered, once again God has reminded me, Yes, He’s still listening. And Yes, the long-awaited answer (and deeply-longed-for answer) is coming. He hasn’t forgotten. He won’t deny His daughter the desire of her heart.
A couple months ago He gave me James 5. Be patient, like the farmer.
Have patience. Establish your heart, He reminded. Be courageous and resolute in the waiting. And don’t grumble.
(He knows me so well!)
Remember how Job persevered in his season of trial. And remember how God blessed him, how God knew all along what the intended purpose was. And remember (How easy we forget!) His endless mercy and compassion.
And keep praying.
Because those passionate, I-mean-business prayers from a heart that wants to do right and longs to please her Daddy, will accomplish much.
In these past few weeks God also gave me 1 Peter 5, with the added reminder to practice humility and to lay all my anxieties and concerns at His feet.
Because my Father cares deeply about me. More deeply than anyone can imagine.
The temptation is strong to stop believing. But by standing firm in the faith, we’re able to resist the Enemy of our souls. While I suffer in difficulties, endure heartbreak, struggle with unmet needs and waiting long, my character is being strengthened and matured. And God is glorified in my life.
Another week He gave me Isaiah 30:18-21 – Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you… And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction… your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.
And Isaiah 64:4-5 – For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.
And again just this week He reminded me of Jeremiah 29:11-14. It’s one of my life passages – highlighted in all my Bibles, engraved on one Bible cover, imprinted on a coffee mug, scribbled on multiple index cards… These verses became my go-to verses back in the 1980s before it was printed on Bible covers and mugs. If anyone should know this promise, it would be me.
But sometimes I forget.
So, there it was on the screens in this week’s church service. God knew I needed reminding again.
As I wait long, I’m grateful for the reminders of His promises with no second-hand messages. Sarah was not disappointed, and I will not be disappointed. After the waiting, I too will give birth to laughter and rejoicing.
And just in case you wonder… God’s plans are always Plan A. As hard as it is, we should accept nothing less.