by, Lisa Hefner
Life is all about the waiting, isn't it? We wait to start walking, when a toddler. We wait to get into school, for our Birthday, for Christmas, to meet "The One", to get financially stable, to lose weight, for the weekend, for vacation! The list can go on and on. Waiting always feels so long to me, like what I desired would never come. Most of us are restless, until we finally get what we have longed for. I am learning how much growth comes in the waiting. In the toil, in the walking and trust. It builds character, faith and endurance (James 1: 2-6).
Waiting doesn't have to be passive. In reading Isaiah 40:31, I realize that it is an active choice, of doing all I can do, until that moment arrives. Pull it apart, piece by piece and chew on it. It's a promise. Our hope has to be in God. He is the only one who can bring exactly what we need and when. He knows why we are going through what we are, and what it will birth in us for the next season. We can take an active stance of pursuing God through worship, tenaciously getting into His word. Surrounding ourselves with other like minded believers, who are willing to pray with you, encourage you in the word, and walk along side of you on your journey.
When I was 11 years old, my Mom went to a Bible Study, and came home changed. Up until that time, I could tell that she had been waiting, and striving for a peace that only God could bring. Our home had an underlying turmoil, but not from a lack of trying to make it perfect. You know what changed her? Seeing who God was, and what He had for her. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, who empowers us to live here on earth. He brought a peace and a hope that she had not had. Every day, her focus was on abiding in His presence. She ceased striving, stayed in His word, just soaking Him up, delighting in Him. It changed all of us. Because of her faith, we found God too. In that season, we saw miracle after miracle, from protection, to a huge move, to salvation in our family. I cherish my Mom for that, and God for His grace.
Do you find yourself in a place of weariness? What are you waiting for? To hear from the Lord? To have an answer to a specific prayer? Waiting to be used by God? Waiting for His promises fulfilled in your life? Then get before Him, pursue Him, wait at His feet, set your face right up to His and RUN into His arms! Run the race set before you. Don't stop. Don't look back. If you fall down, or find yourself worrying and carrying the burden, lay it back down. His promises are true, and He is faithful.