Friday, January 30, 2015

When We Wait Upon the Lord...

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 

How many of you have seen the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?  There is a girl named Veruca Salt who is a demanding character that wants whatever she wants...NOW! If you recall, she even sings it in a song. 
 I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it all up in my pocket
It's my bar of chocolate
 Give it to me 
I want today
I want tomorrow
I want to wear 'em like braids in my hair
And I don't want to share 'em
I want a party with room fulls of laughter
Ten thousand tons of ice cream
 And if  I don't get the things I am after
I'm going to scream!

If I was honest with myself, I would realize that much of the time, I want things to happen now, just like the spoiled girl from the movie. As someone who has moved 13 times in 11 years of marriage, I want to be settled in a home soon. We are currently looking into a home we love and would like to be in that home rather quickly. There are lots of details to work out which is making the decision a pending one. So we are praying about it and hoping it all works out as this would be the home we settle in for awhile.

A lot of me wants all the details worked out so we could move into the house. (Voice in head says, "I want it now!") I don't want to take the slow process of trying to get our other home sold in order to be in this home. I don't want to wait many  months or have to think about getting things packed up to get to another home. I want to be settled and I want to be in the new home.

But God is working on my patience as He teaches me to wait. I wait for our home in CA to sell. I wait for the finances of it all to get  figured out. I wait on God to see if this is truly something He really wants us to do. If it is, He will pave the path for us. He never promises it to be an easy path. But He does promise to always  be there for us along the way.

 Another song comes to mind as I think about waiting. Lincoln Brewster sings a song that says, "Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord."  It's the reminder that we need in knowing that God's timing over our timing is what we need to seek.

So as we go on with our life, waiting upon the Lord, just know that His ways are good. Sometimes we wait because it's not the right direction for us and God has other plans. Sometimes we wait because it's not the right time. Sometimes we wait so that we can grow closer to Him through the process.

I love a quote I read several months back that said, "Waiting time is never wasted time." This is something we need etched in the back of our minds as we wait for whatever we want to happen in our lives. Jot this quote down and carry it around with you. It's a great one to remember.

Heavenly Father, I don't always like to wait. I want things right now. But Your ways are good. You know what is best for me and when I need things. You know what lies ahead. Just like the birds of the air, I do not need to worry about tomorrow. You've got this, Lord. My days have been numbered by You and You know what happens next. So I pray that I lean to you when times of waiting are hard. Help me to wait and not worry. I pray for strength in knowing that I can be patient. Thank you, Lord, for always taking care of me. Amen.   

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  1. I don't like to wait either ... but God often has me do it! This is when I stand on Romans 8:28, because I know it will all work out for good ... in His timing.

    1. Thanks for the verse, Jerralea! I'm glad you stopped by!

  2. I love that you referenced Veruca Salt. I could hear her voice in my head as I read the words. :)

    I also love the prayer at the end. "You know what's best for me and when I need things." Amen.

    1. Hehe! The minute I thought about wait, she came to mind. Thanks for coming by to read the blog, Marie!