Are you in a season of waiting, wondering, and doubting?
I know waiting well. I’ve been forced to wait on God. I’ve been rerouted multiple times to a different place and another destination.
I’ve anticipated something special to happen that never panned out.
A dashed dream that I dared to dream.
We don’t like to talk about that sort of thing very much. We’d rather focus on living out our dreams, dreaming our dreams, chasing our dreams.
But what should we do when the dream ends? When the dream is forced to change? When your dream turns out not to be God’s dream?
No matter how much I’ve prayed and surrendered my dreams to the Lord, the disappointment still takes my breath away as I face the reality today. Do you feel the same way? The wondering is the worst part.
Is there something wrong with me?
Did I do something wrong?
Did I really hear God clearly?
Was it my deceitful heart clamoring more loudly than God’s whisper?
Even without answers, we have to press on, still with wonder about what is next.
We’re not the first to wait on God. Noah waited in the boat for an entire year. Abraham waited on a son. Hannah waited, too. The Israelites waited . . . and wandered . . . and probably wondered too . . . before entering the promised land. Zechariah waited to speak again. Paul waited in jail. Jesus waited to be reunited with His Father in heaven.
In the waiting, we can experience God’s constant, tender spirit reminding us to be more in the present than concerned with the future.
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As the Lord so gently reminded me, to wait is not to do nothing. It is to be active in our faith and focus.
Waiting is actually a call to action.
Watch God work in His ways.
Ask God about His purposes.
Invite God to work in your heart.
Trust God to fulfill His plans.
Waiting on God isn’t about doing nothing — or NO thing; It is about allowing God to do His thing.
Friend, God knows what He’s doing even if we don’t know what He’s up to.
So how will you face the waiting in your life today?
This post was originally published at elisapulliam.com.