22 Sep In The Wait
I feel like someone out there needs to hear this today – Just because you are in a period of waiting, does not mean that nothing is happening.
I was reflecting today on how differently my life looked a year ago. Nick and I were at a point where we knew where we wanted to be, where God was calling us, and the dream He had planted was burning inside my heart.
But we were just… waiting. I remember spending countless hours scouring Zillow all over Colorado because we knew it was where we were meant to be. We didn’t know how we’d get there or where specifically in the State we would live, but me, being me, was trying desperately to figure it out.
It’s hard in the wait. It feels like nothing is happening. There’s no motion, there’s no game plan.
Yet so often, it is in the wait that we are refined and molded. We are challenged to be content in stillness. Our faith is tested and strengthened as we learn not to rely on our physical eyes or our human mind, and rather to trust that God is doing something.
There is so much that can actually happen in the wait, even when the things you want to happen aren’t happening. There’s intimacy that can be developed between you and the Lord. There’s learning that can be gained through books, research, and experience. There’s rest that may help to prepare your spirit, soul, and body for when suddenly God starts moving and wants you to keep up.
It’s easier when you’re on the other side of the wait. When your calling is in motion and you look back and see how the Lord had let the different pieces fall into place perfectly according to his careful design.
At the end of 2019, right around Christmas, Nick and I prayed extensively for God to clearly show us the green light to move forward. The Holy Spirit stirred in both of us that it was time. Nick approached his company for a transfer to their Colorado Springs office in the first week of 2020, and there just happened to be his exact role that had just opened for interviewing. He was offered the role within a week and just like that, our move which had been merely a thought suddenly became a reality.
After going back and forth about when the kids and I should move (Nick had a set start date but we were flexible) and what to do for school for the last 2 months of the academic year, we arrived in Colorado the first week of March and started homeschooling. One week later, COVID shut the whole nation down, including all the schools.
These are only a couple of the many, many pieces that the Lord put together for us in the past year. I realize now that all the pieces that came together would not have been timed correctly if it hadn’t been for the wait.
So if you find yourself in the wait right now, I want to encourage you in these three things –
1 / Don’t compare yourself to people who are in motion. They have had to be in the wait too. Just be where God is calling you to be, and don’t try to add on things He doesn’t want you to take on in the wait (this is my tendency). Protect the wait, don’t let the enemy try to encroach on it with distractions.
2 / Focus on the things that draw you closer in intimacy with Jesus. Meditate on the Bible, spend time resting in His presence, ask Him what’s on His heart, and then share yours. Of course God knows our hearts without us saying anything, but there is a higher level of surrender and connection when we actively do it.
3 / Lean in to what the Holy Spirit wants to teach and reveal to you in this particular time. Keep in mind it might not only be spiritual lessons. He may ask you to learn very practical things that will serve as tools in the dream He has for you. It was in our wait that we went through our Restoring the Foundations training and I also started volunteering time and labor on my friend’s farm. I’m so grateful for that time I had which could’ve only happened during the wait.
So, dear friend, be encouraged! You are not alone, you are not being unproductive. God is doing something. The wait can be beautiful if we stop fighting it.
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,Psalm 130:5-6 ESV
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.”
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