Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Simply Heart and Soul: Yes, No, Wait

“Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

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Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5

God always answers prayer. 

His “yes” answer is exhilarating, faith inspiring. 

His “no” answer can be difficult.

His “wait” answer, for me, is often the most difficult. 

Not too long ago, I found myself in such a situation. 

“Wait,” He whispered to my heart.  “Wait,” He showed me in His Word.  “Wait.”

“But, Lord…..” 

What I wanted to do was right, godly, needful, yet still, He wanted me to wait.  

Waiting in this particular circumstance was trying; daily logistics were difficult and to top it off, due to the private nature of the situation, my extended family and friends didn’t have the inside scoop and must have naturally made negative assumptions.  God reminded me of Noah.  Clearly, he looked foolish to others, yet Noah trusted God and proceeded to do as told. 

Adhering to God’s timetable stretched my faith, and tried my courage. 

At the time, those many months felt dark.  But now that time has passed, I can see more clearly the necessity of that difficult waiting period. 

I had to look beyond my circumstances and what I could see; my view was limited.  I had to look at it from God’s perspective – His all encompassing knowledge and wisdom, His unending love, and His perfect sufficiency.  

There were more important things than what people thought, or what would make day to day life easier.  Eternal consequences were at stake.  Had I rushed things, the outcome would have not been favorable.

The Lord’s timing is always for our good and His glory.  Let us be determined to

seek and obey His will,

trust His perfect timing,

and wait until He gives the signal to proceed.   

 

8 comments:

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Perfect!! Just the message I needed to share with a friend. Thanks so much for your insight in prayer. If we're open to it, we can always learn and grow from personal circumstances and be able to share and encourage others through them. Love the photo of those stairs.

Abby

Beth said...

Oh, dear, God has had to teach me these lessons more than once and I am sure He'll have to do it again.

I so know what you mean about hating that people might be judging me, not knowing the whole story...

Yes, I hear you. And it's all good - His ways and what you've written. Good reminder!

rosechicfriends said...

That was just beautiful! Gods timing is always best even when we dont get it. My family cames out of three very difficult years and i learn wheat it means to get on my knees, and walk by faith not by sight or blind faith. Looking back i see his hand and now understand more of the whys. His ways are always best...if we listen and obey.
Im your newest follower.
Be blessed,
Lorena

Mrs. Smith said...

Lorena, I want to welcome you! Thank you so much for following!!

Holly said...

Oh, I love this! What a testimony and inspirational for those who are needing to wait. I agree, it is the hardest! Thank you so much for stopping by my place. It is wonderful to meet you!
Blessings!

Shoregirl said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! So glad you took the time -- especially since it led me back to your lovely blog! New Follower Here!!

Mrs. Smith said...

I want to thank each of you that are following, and each of you that have commented. It is wonderful to see that you visited, hear your thoughts, and have a chance to visit with you through your comments.

Pam said...

Oh yes, the wait answer is always so difficult for me. I enjoyed this post and the beautiful photo!

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