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Waiting for a Season

This post from last year is a great reminder (for me personally) that God’s timing is ultimately the best – even if it means that we must wait much longer for His promises to transpire than what we expect. May you be encouraged today, beloved. He is faithful!

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4

Have you ever casually been driving in your car, only to slam on your brakes suddenly because of unexpected roadwork? Or maybe the traffic light had just turned from yellow to red while you were approaching the intersection? Many of us can relate to the feelings of frustration, the sweaty palms, the spastic heart rate, and that sigh of relief that arise from narrowly missing the car ahead.

Yet regardless of the reason, we are stopped.

Our journey is delayed. Or so we think.

Waiting for God is hard. We want to follow Him and seek His direction while at the same time keeping our foot firmly on the gas pedal. We want to go, while He wants us to stop.

Yesterday I came to a new conclusion about my faith in God.

I expect Him to be patient with me (because He’s love and love is patient), but I don’t always feel the need to reciprocate the effort.

Recently, I began badgering God about how His timing (and forcing me to wait) is causing me to suffer, yet I had never realized that I caused Him pain simply by not believing enough in Him (by deliberately choosing not to trust).

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

I am the one who’s been selfish and arrogant, not God. Who was I to think that I could actually help God? That I could move things along by speeding up His pace so I could enjoy what He promised? What foolishness to try and manipulate God, yet I did it. We as humans are the ones who make a mess of our lives, not God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We’ll always settle for mediocre if we’re not willing to wait for His best.

I haven’t given God the space to be God, nor thought enough of Him to allow Him to be God.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

I’ve been rushing to get my foot back on the gas and push through the delay. What I did not realize was that if He’s caused me to stop and wait, then it must be for my own good. This red traffic light is actually His way of protecting me and preparing me for what lies ahead.

Waiting on God is choosing to be intentionally patient with Him. It’s giving Him space to be God and to perform wonderful acts in our lives. And it is tremendously wise to do so.

King David waited years before He became the King of Israel, even after God had faithfully spoken this promise to Him.

Sarah waited decades before she received the son God promised to her (which then became the blessed nation of Israel).

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

God always delivered. He always provided at the exact time that was best for the individual. If God has made a promise to you, remain firm in what He’s told you. He is faithful, beloved.

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119:18

In His goodness, He will not only prepare the circumstances (so they will be the absolute best), but He will prepare your heart to fully receive (and appreciate) what He has promised to you. He’s just that good.

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 

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Dry Docking. This bores me greatly.

I’d rather face the roar of crashing waves while the wind forcefully blows on my face. I am sailing and most importantly I am moving…ahead.

This is the excitement and adventure of making progress. Getting things done. And that’s how I like it.

But, any experienced seaman knows there’s a time to dry dock the ship. Just as our experienced Creator knows there’s a time to dry dock our hearts.

This, my friends, is known as a season of rest. 

It’s awkward and uncomfortable. My heart is completely exposed as I’m stilled before the Lord.

And while I rest,  I begin to grow.

The term ‘dry docking’ is the process in which a large dock is emptied of water, and then used for building or repairing a ship below its water line. As this occurs the hull of the ship is completely exposed.

Much like resting in the Lord exposes the areas in our own hearts that need supernatural repair.

Resting isn’t a lackadaisical stroll, it actually takes effort. It demands courage, strength, and a load of faith such as:

  • The courage to omit the opinions and criticisms of others. Even those derived from within my own self
  • The strength to face each day with the fact that He is in control of my life and I can trust His voice
  • And the faith to believe in what He is telling me to do despite all the strings pulling me in several different directions

These are the scriptures the Lord shared with me this morning as He spoke about rest.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

We know this passage captures the heart of God as Moses prepared the hearts of both Joshua (his successor) and the Israelites to enter into the promised land. I personally wouldn’t have chosen this verse in a response to rest. But, He is all knowing and incredibly wise. So, I sat and listened as the Holy Spirit began to speak:

“When the Lord calls you into a time of rest, it serves as preparation for what’s coming up next.”

If the Lord is speaking to us about rest, we must rest, beloved. Because the road ahead will require us to give all we have, we may miss out on some amazing opportunities if we are not rested in advance.

May we heed to the words of Jesus in Mark 6:31 when He spoke: “come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Dry docking: A place of growth and refinement through rest. And you are invited!

Join His Daily Dose (our entire team including the Board of Directors, our prayer team, and myself and Keith as our editor) starting Monday, November 17, 2014 in intentionally resting before the Lord for the next 7 weeks. More details on this season will be revealed during the course of this week.

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**Originally posted in February 2013

Photo provided by: Keith Becker

Dry Docking – A Time and Season to Rest

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Claiming the Unseen

Believing in the unseen is not an easy task for us humans. In fact, God designed us with the gift of physical sight so that we can assess our surroundings and respond to external stimuli.

Let’s take a look at the following scenario below:

While enjoying a brisk morning walk through a local park, imagine that you begin to notice something large and colorful slithering along the pathway ahead of you. This immediately registers in your brain as something dangerous, causing your pupils to dilate in order to see the object more clearly.

Like a dam with broken gates, your adrenal glands begin the “fight or flight” response by pushing out epinephrine. Your heart rate is high, and blood is quickly pooling into your muscles as you prepare to dash away from that vicious reptile as fast as you can.

This example showcases how we, as humans, are created to make decisions based on what we can physically see.

Now, how about when God speaks, but there’s no tangible evidence to support what He’s clearly telling you?

Nothing to stimulate your physical receptors – you can’t see, touch, smell, or taste what He is instructing you to do or promising will come your way.

Like a spouse. Or a job. Maybe a ministerial calling. Perhaps even physical healing in your own body. Or an unborn child.

How then are we to respond when God is clearly speaking, but we are NOT clearly seeing?

Trust in Him. And wait for Him to move.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

We have to stop looking for the supernatural with the natural.

We can’t expect to immediately see what God is spiritually speaking. I personally find this very challenging – to not only believe (and hope) in what God is telling me is true, but also to wait in patience for His perfect timing to arrive.

And this is where I am today. I’m waiting for several promises to be delivered. Perhaps you are as well.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word, I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for morning, more than watchmen wait for morning.” Psalm 130:5-6

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

This is faith, beloved. It’s clinging to what we hope for and expectantly waiting for that which remains unseen.

What I find most profound about this entire experience is that it actually has NOTHING to do with what I’m waiting for. It is actually about how I am seeing God in the process.

“Am I really perceiving Him as a good God who is truly for my good?”

“Am I truly believing that He is actually in control and doesn’t need my personal contributions (to speed up the process)?”

“Do I truly trust that He will take care of me and not make a mess out of my life?”

These are real questions that many of us have. And these are the ones that carry weight in God’s heart.

He wants us to know Him as He truly is. For many of us as His children, this will include walking into unfamiliar territory in order to grow in full dependence on Him with our lives.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ” Hebrews 11:6

May you be encouraged and challenged (just as I am) by the following Scripture provided by the Lord to me this morning:

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131

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