Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 9, 2018

The Blessing In Wait

“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival.  You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work.” (James 5:7 MSG)

The beginning of a New Year!  I for one am ready for it.  A blank piece of paper and pen ready to set my course.  Fill in the details and give me a to-do list and I’m a happy camper.  But, like a writer staring at a blank page, I am uncomfortable when prayer leads to one word:  wait.

It’s not time yet; more to learn and more to heal.  And just when I thought I was ready.  “What are the blessings that waiting is meant to work?” asks Andrew Murray.  I roll this quote around in my brain numerous times coming up with … no response.  I would be blessed if I could move forward with an interesting project or big calling from God.  Waiting and Blessings seem to be unrelated words used to frustrate the one waiting.

Just before Christmas I was excited to be meeting with someone to discuss my next steps.  I was eager for the meeting so that I could have plans set and ready to go for the New Year.  Unfortunately, a cancelled appointment was necessary and a three week delay in place.  My initial response was to just move forward with my plans.  But, I felt in my spirit that the Lord wanted me to wait.  Uh, that word again!

James chapter 5 reminds us that the farmer needs to wait for the land to spring forth its valuable crop.  The land needs to be tilled, fertilized, seeds planted, pruned during growth and watered deeply.  The to-do list mind-numbing if we stop to record all the steps before harvest.  As God develops the fruit in our lives that will yield forth purpose, we too need to be patient and wait.

This Christmas, in the waiting, I was able to enjoy the season without the pressure of future plans.  I could relax knowing that God is a God of order and that my decision to wait and follow His process was pleasing to Him.  I enjoyed each moment of time with my family, in a way I might not have been able should my mind have been preoccupied with goals.  Finally, after months of experiencing only frustration in the waiting, I could bask in the blessings within this period of waiting and declare that He is good.

“Lord, may we obediently move forward or rest still in You.  During times of waiting, give us the grace to be patient and to see the blessings therein.”

For His Glory

Kathryn Hayman
TRBC Women’s Life

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