November: Thankful and Waiting on God

1:30 PM

This month has gone by super fast! It seems like last week was September and my sweetheart & I were celebrating our birthdays and anniversary. The weather has gone from hot to cold to warm to colder. Days pass, weeks come and go, and now the month is almost a part of the past. As I contemplate all of this over my bowl of warm soup, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for. So many times in our lives, we are only tempted to be happy or grateful when things are looking up. When life is going the way we want it to, we tend to smile so much more. When people ask how we're doing, we respond with so much enthusiasm. But what about when things are not going our way? What about when you're in that place where you've been asking God for something for (literally) over a year, and it seems like He's not listening? Those moments when you don't know what the next step is. So you've just been waiting...and waiting...and waiting. Eventually, you feel like you want to scream, "Hello, God are you there? It's me Pam..."

I had the pleasure of reading a passage from the "Life Principles Daily Bible" that was exactly what I needed in my time of waiting. One thing I've learned in this time is that waiting on God is worth it. God understands what we are going through and He feels what we feel. None of our anguish escapes Him. So many times, (at least for me anyway) I feel like God has abandoned me when I'm hurting...as if my prayers are falling on deaf ears. But then I remember the Bible tells me that "The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him" (Lamentations 3:25). He has not forsaken me, nor has He turned from me. As long as I continue to put my faith in Him and really trust Him, He's working every situation out for my good. Not only does the word of God teach us to trust Him, but it tells us that our reward is even better than what we could have anticipated. He does "exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20) - but we confidently expect that He WILL act when we wait for Him in faith. That's where many of us, including myself, fall short. We pray for things, but then we worry and worry about it...and when it doesn't come when we want it, we begin to doubt. And as soon as doubt enters into our hearts, we're no longer trusting God to do what He says He will do.

God plans to use the long pauses in our lives, the times when we are waiting for something to happen, for our blessing. But, only if we allow Him time to move. Right now, even as we wait He is working all things together for our good and His glory. We also are able to see how God has been working on our behalf. I love my church, New Life Church. One weekend, our pastor preached a sermon, "The Thief Called Worry." I go back to that message whenever I find myself in need of encouragement. In there he said, isn't it amazing how when you've been waiting & praying for something and then finally when God rewards you with something larger and better than you could have imagined, you're able to put all the pieces together and see how God was working on your behalf the whole time...it's greatest feeling in the world. One thing that I always remind myself of in times of trouble is that God has my best interest at heart...if only I will wait on Him. Philippians 1:6 tells us that "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it." God is faithful to finish what He starts. He will never leave you alone. In all of our suffering, we must remember that God has a delightful way of turning negatives into positives. He loves to take things that Satan means for our harm and use them instead for His glory and our benefit.

I am still in a period of waiting...so post is for me, and I hope that it will help someone else as well. I am so excited for that moment when the answer comes and I see the way that God has been putting all of the pieces together. In the meantime, while I'm waiting, I'm going to be thankful for all of the wonderful people God has placed in my life...the job that he has blessed me with...the home that I have...the amazing church that has absolutely changed my life, New Life Church...my amazing parents...the BEST big brother in the world...God has blessed me with so much and I am eternally grateful. While certain things are not clear right now, I am going to enjoy my waiting period so that God can continue His work in me.

In Him,
Pam

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