Tonight I desperately needed a reminder… A reminder about honoring the season I’m in: waiting. (I think every one is in their own season of waiting – some more definite than others) and I began to review over notes I took on a podcast of DawnChere Wilkerson’s sermon “While You Were Waiting.” I encourage you to go listen to that. Isaiah 40:27-31 are verses I can say describe the season I’m in…
“Why do you say and complain, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?’ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Here are some nuggets from her sermon that I had to remind myself of and that I think will encourage you: (remember that these next few points up until the next section are points that DawnChere made, not points I’m making)
- Sometimes you have to wait a whole year (others many years).
- It’s not about what you are waiting on, it is who you are waiting on.
- Isaiah 40 doesn’t say, “those who wait patiently, those who wait on good teaching, good morality, the right encouragement, the right positive thought, or the right word of wisdom…” it says, “those who wait on the Lord.”
- He is blazing a trail for you and me to follow.
- He hasn’t forgotten me – as long as I wait for the Lord, I am still being propelled forward by the grace of God.
- As long as I wait, God is going to do more than I could imagine.
- Waiting = Hoping (we wait on Him = we hope in Him)
- We choose either faith or doubt.
- Waiting is not worrying. Worrying not only doesn’t add an hour to our lives, it robs us of the precious time & season God has given us. Think about Jesus’s life. He wasn’t waiting for good things like we do, He was waiting for the crucifixion, yet He never worried a second.
- Waiting is not wondering. Wondering is filling our time with things that are empty – it’s like we can’t be alone in our thoughts and we waste the wait. There is wondering that needs to stop and time that needs to be refocused.
- God is not waiting, God is working, regardless if I can see it.
- There is nothing lacking in us.
- While you were waiting, God was working, God was healing, opening doors, renewing, mending, opening our mind, removing things, freeing us…
Now, here are a few things the Lord spoke to me:
- We have a decision to make: will we wait, worry, wonder, or doubt in this season? What does waiting look like for you?
- God is still here in the wait. In every little detail. He is working whether or not I can see growth, prosperity, or restoration. He is doing those things as long as we are actively seeking Him, waiting on Him.
- The wait will not always look like revival. The wait will not always look in color – it may be black & white. We need to change our lens to see what He sees in the wait – His goodness. We need to change our lens to look at Him. And while we look at Him, miracles will happen, lives will change, hearts will be healed. Once we set our gaze fixed on Him. Not the path, not wondering what the end result may look like…
You may feel like there is a promise that you have received that has not yet come to pass and that God may have forgotten about it, or that you followed the wrong path, or that you misinterpreted His will, or that this past season has been worthless… I have felt all of the above lately. The wait is not the waste. Those who wait on the Lord will flourish. The wait looks different to us than anything we could anticipate – just keep trusting. Choose to keep trusting, choose to keep hoping, choose to keep waiting.
Hope this encourages y’all. I love sharing the things I am learning because I feel that when I learn, He wants me to teach and pass that along to others.