What are you waiting for?

Who likes to wait? Not me! I’m guilty of being the shopper who steers the grocery cart into the shortest line, hoping for a quick exit. Oops–that’s only if I have “20 items or less” to purchase!
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On the road, it always seems to be my luck to be driving behind a hay-bale truck in a no-passing zone! Of course, it’s when I’m scheduled to be somewhere “on time.” Sigh!

We have fast-food restaurants…does the name imply that the food is cooked up quickly? Or, is it due to the fact that the transaction can be done in the “fast-lane” and scooped up as soon as possible? We don’t even have to get out of the vehicle-how cool is that?! 🙂

On a daily basis, there are quite a number of activities or situations that require waiting: bread being toasted, brewing coffee, traffic encounters, calendar appointments and my favorite–the mail to arrive!

Waiting on God is a whole different entity! Often, after we have gone to Him with a particular request or concern, there is a lengthy period of silence. God’s timing can’t be measured, estimated or predicted. It requires patience. Ugh.

In those times of waiting upon the Lord, what can be done? I’ve written down a few suggestions, which I believe can be helpful in making the time pass more quickly:

1.) Read your Bible. Search the Scriptures to see if you can find a similar situation to the one you are in. The Psalms are always a good place to start. Many of them paint a scenario of hopelessness, grief and fear…yet the result is always an uplifting and satisfying one. Being able to identify with someone else who rested in God’s promises will certainly be an encouragement at this time!

2.) Recall past answers to prayer and praise God for them! The present may seem to drag on, but reflecting on something that has passed is a vivid reminder of God’s sovereignty and care. Giving thanks for what WAS done should heighten the anticipation of what IS to come! God is faithful and He will not fail you!

3.) Realize that God is molding you in the process of waiting. Believe it or not, God is doing a work in the midst! Your character is being tested; if you remain sensitive (not stubborn) to the changes that may be necessary, a wonderful product will be produced! Oh, and others will take notice too!

4.) Restrain yourself from making comparisons. Ah, how often we look around at what others are doing! It causes us to become envious of how “easy” someone else has it; or we grow more distracted and demanding in our mindset, believing that God isn’t being “fair.” Whatever it is you are going through, God has designed it specifically for you! It’s time to grin and bear it!

5.) Rest in the Lord. The Hebrew definition of “rest” can be interpreted as “to be silent to.” We inadvertently think it’s God who is quiet in the waiting times; when, in fact, it’s us who are commanded to “be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).” This concept carries with it the expectation we have in knowing that our God is supreme, ever-busy and fully in control. If we say we trust Him, this is when our actions speak louder than our words!

Relax and let God do His Holy Will.
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”

A Love Letter from God

Dear Precious Daughter of Mine,gemstone blog pic

I have been watching you for some time now. I can hear your thoughts and know the deepest emotions you possess. My heart is heavy with sadness and confusion.

Why do you question your appearance?Have you forgotten that I am the one who formed you and fashioned you for greatness? I know the number of hairs upon your head and think about you constantly.
Why are your affections so desperate and reckless? I love you with an everlasting love. I desire for that love to flow through you and give you security, knowing that my love will endure no matter what.
Why do you feel useless and insecure? I see so much potential for you. Do not doubt yourself or lack confidence, because I have made you unique. Your future is full of hope and I always desire the very best for you.
Why do you lack joy and dwell on matters which cannot be changed? Draw close to me, and I will show you the plans I have for you. My promises are sure and will bring comfort. Trust me. I love you unreservedly and will never leave you.
Your Heavenly Father

If you have read this blog, then you have had a sneak preview at what is coming!
My next book will deal with the topic of having a positive, Biblical self-image. I believe that many women–both younger and older–have allowed a pattern of negative thinking and critical assumptions to dictate their actions, attitudes, affections and appearance. I am certainly no “expert” on the matter, but it got me searching through the Scriptures to see what God thinks about it. The tentative title is “What A Gem! Discovering Your Worth and Well-Being in the Lord

To gain more familiarity and insight about gemstones, I purchased The Jewelers Directory of Gemstones by Judith Crowe and found some amazing parallels:

~”Behind every beautiful gemstone is a highly talented designer…” God is the highly talented designer who has created us! How unique He has made each one of us! I love the jewelry theme as a means to illustrate God’s creativity and flawless skill!

~”Much of the beauty of gemstones is due to the way they react when light shines on them.” Light is used many times in the Bible, often to point out that one has been exposed to the truth of God’s Word. Our appearance reflects the radiance of God’s love when we are receptive to His light. That in itself is a thing of beauty.

~”The ‘cut’ describes the factors involved in creating a gemstone from rough material.” Let’s face it; most of us have started out as “rough material.” We are born sinners, in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. His Son, Jesus Christ, paid the sacrifice for us and shed His blood on the cross of Calvary. There is so much hope for us, knowing we are a work in progress, crafted by the Master. How patient He is with us!

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

There is no limit to what potential we have, once we have trusted His Son as our personal Savior. We all are in various stages of growth and development, much like the process of mining a rare and precious gemstone.
Some of us may need more polishing, but isn’t it nice to know that “…marvelous are thy works (Psalm 139:14)”!