Have you ever felt it…the pangs of desiring something and knowing the waiting could be almost too much to bare? For many who desire children the pangs of an empty womb and the incredibly difficult calling of waiting on God’s timing drives them to their knees, broken, with only God to hang on to. Have you been there? Have you been somewhere similar? Have your fleshly limits been tested and pushed to the brink with waiting to hear God’s answer?
One of the words for patience in the Hebrew is “qavah” which means “to wait for, to look for, to hope, or to expect.” Don’t we, or maybe shouldn’t we, as followers of Jesus, emulating His greatest disciples and missionaries, hope and fully expect God to deliver? But, in the Greek, the word used is often “hypomenō” which means “to remain, to abide, to persevere, endure, or to bear bravely and calmly.”
Oh my these words touch me deeply. We look for, hope, expect and then we abide, remain, and bear bravely while we wait on the Lord.
It isn’t passive. Patience is active. We are connecting with the Lord in the most incredible way as we look to Him, remaining in Him, abiding in His love, and bearing bravely any trial that would come our way.
I started thinking about all these descriptive words concerning patience and it got me thinking about how God is patient with us. He embodies all of these same, active, aspects of patience with us as we are to do with Him. He remains, abides, endures, and bears bravely and calmly when we wander or tarry. He looks for us, hopes for us, expects us to return. He patiently waits for us.
God is so faithful.
Psalm 37:7a “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
Be still…wait patiently. It isn’t a request. It is a command…and instruction.
When we are dealing with our children, we often oscillate between instructions and requests. And, out of love for our children we take very seriously instructions, because we know it is for their best interest. We desire what is best and sometimes that means they wait. We instruct them to have patience. We want to teach them patience.
God, the giver of life, redeemer of the world, tells us to be still..to wait patiently, to abide, endure, and be brave because He knows it is what is best for us.
It does not come without heartache, hardship, challenge, discomfort…we tend to wiggle and squirm as our children often do. That makes me smile. We are so like them, aren’t we?
We discussed discomfort on Monday and I too wrestle with wanting to live life without any, unnecessary discomfort. But, then I realized, as soon as that left my lips…discomfort is necessary. It is what sanctifies us. It drives us to the word. It causes us to wash ourselves in it that we would abide, draw close to Him, look to Him, and fully expect all of His promises. For with the waiting often comes the blessing.
Surrendering to Him means we let go and BE STILL and wait.
As we read yesterday with Amanda’s Birth testimony, we can see that even when things appear they might go as planned, His ways is not Our Way and we often must simply abide, hope, remain steadfast, look up, and bear bravely…we must wait on Him.
Sweet friends, I cannot tell you how your pregnancy will go, how your labor will go, or that it will even go well. What I do know is three things:
1. Speech is powerful. Words have an incredible way of impacting the reality we live in. We see this in the OT over and over again. From their mouths came what would ultimately be truth. Blessings and curses my friends. Let’s choose blessing. Let’s speak with words the give life. Let’s expect the best and let the best escape our lips. Even in the waiting.
2. Discomfort will come. It won’t be a matter of if it will be a matter of when. Each of us will experience this discomfort in motherhood in different ways, but it will come. When it comes, let us remember to abide. To remain connected to the Father and washed in His word. Let us wait patiently, in Him, for the storm to pass.
Colossians 1:11-12 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
3. There are no guarantees except the Lord. When we feel we can’t go any longer. When we begin to feel impatient, tired, overdone…we have to remember just how GOOD He is and how PERFECT His timing, His provision, and His ways are.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
This is a promise made to you by God. In the dark moments of question and concern, remember patience results in Godly provision. Something you can’t attain on your own.
Sweet sister…God is good and patience is worth it.
Prayer for the Week
Father, we fall to our knees before you this week and SURRENDER to your timing. We SURRENDER to your perfect will. We SURRENDER to You, the King of the Universe. Help us to be patient, abiding, remaining steadfast and looking up.
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