WAIT! A new season

wait for God

Waiting for God has always been difficult for God’s people. The Bible has many instances of people who have tried to take matters in their own hands as they grew tired of trusting God’s timing. However, the Bible has tremendous promises where God calls us to wait.

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31’ AMPC.

For me this current season is teaching me so much about what it means to WAIT! A while ago I placed our next season of ministry before the Lord in what I sensed was a significant prayer request. I wanted God to answer me, hear me, get back with me, or at least send me a sign so I would know He was hearing me. There was no sign, no confirmation from fiends, no miracle in my inbox, no special verse that kept showing up, and no answer.

What I came to understand was that it was the beginning of a season to WAIT for God. Initially, I embraced the opportunity, but as the season continued I was finding it hard to accept. I would say that I am a patient person, but I began to question why God delayed.

It has been during these intensive times that I learnt the secrets of waiting:

Waiting draws me near to God

As I wait I am drawing nearer to God. I learnt that waiting is not about expectations that my future plans will be presented before me, but in faith that my waiting brings me nearer to God. As I wait I increase my communion with God and pursue the intimate fellowship with the living Lord.

It develops a deep desire to really know Him, to push deeply into the things of God and allowing the presence and beauty of God to enfold me.

It’s not about my future

It’s not about my ministry

It is about living every moment in the abiding presence of Almighty God and allowing the Lord’s unfailing love and grace to fill me and flow through me. A deep yearning draws me closer and deeper into relationship with Him.

It brings me to a place where I am humbled and surrendered, totally without an agenda. I come with a submitted heart to the Lord with the prime purpose and focus to know Jesus more and more.

God frequently conceals Himself for a purpose.

For whatever reason, God conceals Himself for a purpose. He does so out of His abundant goodness and faithfulness. I am reminded that ‘God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.’ 2 Chronicles 32:31 NLT

I wait with patient love, humility, peace and silent worship to demonstrate to the Father that it is Himself alone and His good pleasure that I seek and not the selfish delights of my own satisfaction. I learnt not to be impatient in times of dryness, but wait patiently for God. In doing so, my prayer life enjoys daily renewal.

God’s Word is crucial

As I wait the presence of His Word in my spirit is in some degree a capacity for the reception of Himself. Forgetting about myself – my passions and interests – simply listen and be attentive to God – permitted God to communicate His love to me.

After I have been meditating in the Word and praying it out to God for some time – I gradually found how easy it is to come into His presence – I tend to remember other scriptures and promises from His Word.

Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honour you with every blessing.’ Psalm 37:34 TLB

I simply enjoy God

I love living tuned into the presence of God, but it took some time to be still in God’s presence, to quiet my mind, so I would be able to hear God speak to my heart. Practicing stillness before the Lord is my daily goal. Having a deep intimate relationship with God is by far the most amazing, fulfilling thing I have ever experienced and it has changed my entire life for the good.

When I feel a release I proceed in prayer – however there remains a tender tug at my spirit – simply stay quiet and wait – cease all activity. I was to seek nothing from God during these moments except to love Him and please Him.

Sometimes all it takes is a change of course of our lives that will change us forever. For me I am in that season.

Here I am waiting, abide in me, I pray
Here I am longing for You
Hide me in Your love, bring me to my knees
May I know Jesus more and more

Come live in me all my life, take over
Come breathe in me, I will rise on eagle’s wings
Come live in me all my life, take over
Come breathe in me, I will rise on eagle’s wings

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