Waiting... by Angie McDonald

Angie McDonald is a single mom of three amazing boys ages 11,13 and 15. She is pursuing a graduate degree and license in professional counseling. God has been her anchor though the storms in life, keeping her steady, giving her peace and guiding her steps along the way. Angie's passion is sharing the hope that God gives to each of us!

 


Waiting does not always come naturally to me.  It is especially difficult during trials and uncertainty.  When life is whirling around you and you are confused, angry, sad, frustrated and anxious it can be extremely hard to wait.  Yet, so many times in the Bible, God’s instructs us to wait.  He challenges us to wait on Him, to wait with courage, to wait with patience, and to wait in faith.  This is challenging and sometimes it doesn’t feel good.  In fact, sometimes you may be hurting so badly that the last thing you want to do is wait.  However, you realize one day, that in the waiting you have developed more patience, you have developed more courage, and your faith has been strengthened.  Is this because of something you or I did?  No, it is a gift, it is something that God has done, something that God has developed within us and something to be thankful for.    I quote Brennan Manning often, he was an amazing man of great faith, who endured many trials in his life and his love for God is evident in his writings.  He says in The Signature of Jesus, “biblical faith is an attitude acquired gradually through many crises and trials.  Through the agonizing test with his son Isaac, Abraham learns that God wants us to live and not to die, to grow and not to wither.  He knows that the God who called him to hope against hope is reliable.   Perhaps this is the essence of faith:  to be convinced of the reliability of God.”  

When we wait in faith, when we wait in hope, when we wait knowing, believing and trusting God is who He says He is, something amazing happens in our lives.  He begins to do a work that we never could have imagined.  Our hearts and minds truly begin to rest in Him.  Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”  God knows every thought before we think it, He knows every thing about us, He even knows the number of hairs on our head.  He also knows how hard it is to wait, He knows how hard life is when we try to do this on our own, in our own strength.  It is when we are weak, He is strong.  When we wait with Him, the waiting gets a little easier.

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