Something that the Lord has been hard pressing on my heart lately has been the word “wait”. It seems like the Spirit has been using every resource to get to me- a song on the radio, the explore page on Instagram, conversations with co-workers, my daily devotional- He uses whatever He can to reach me. He’s saying to me to be patient and trust His timing, so why do I find that so hard? I won’t pretend to have it all figured out, I’m a fierce believer that it’s so much more valuable to be real than to be perfect. Patience is not exactly my strong suit- it’s something I have to work towards every single day. But maybe my words of advice can help you in your own season of waiting.
“But- I have this dream God, WHY would you give me this dream if you weren’t planning to bring it to life?”
Girl, I’m with you. I know how it feels to have a dream that hasn’t happened yet and feeling like maybe I understood Him wrong and that I should just give up. He didn’t give you that dream in vain – Girl. Do. Not. Give. Up. On. Yourself. (He sure hasn’t). He has blessed you with so many gifts and talents for you to use to further His kingdom. That dream wasn’t a mistake. But maybe He has a different road He wants to take you down first. If He answered that prayer, gave you that dream and you weren’t ready for it yet, it would end up a nightmare. It wouldn’t be in your best interest, and that’s why He hasn’t made it happen yet. Don’t get stuck in your waiting, grow in it. Keep the faith, He will not give up on you.
Remember even Cinderella had to endure her own waiting period. It’s easy to gloss over the Cinderella story and skip right to the part where good old Cindy gets to go to the ball and falls in love with the Prince. But the reason I find Cinderella so inspiring is because despite the abuse and trials she went through at the hands of her Stepmother and Stepsisters, she never lost faith or let that harden her heart. Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday her dreams of happiness would come true. The Fairy Godmother came to her when she was at her absolute lowest and believing she had in fact lost faith. Why couldn’t the Fairy Godmother have come to her earlier? She certainly could have swept in and rescued Cinderella at any time. But she didn’t- she waited until the moment was right, not because Fairy Godmother didn’t love Cinderella but simply because Cinderella wouldn’t be Cinderella without that season of waiting. She wouldn’t have the same grace in her heart or be the princess she is. You wouldn’t be either. This season you’re in is creating something in you. It’s making you stronger and teaching you lessons you wouldn’t have without it. One day you’ll look back and be so thankful.
Here’s what I’ve learned in my own season of waiting. We do not know how long God will make us wait, if He’s planning on answering that prayer. We can never control the wait – but we can control how we wait and who we become along the way. We are placed in these situations not to suffer but to grow. And maybe, just maybe, His dream for us is so much greater than the dreams we have for ourselves. Trusting in what you cannot see, that’s faith. That’s the whole point. The important thing to remember is that He always remains faithful, even when we question Him and grow angry with Him.
And every time we are forced to wait, feeling stuck and blaming God for not immediately fixing our problems or answering our prayers, God was actually up to something so much bigger than we had in mind. If we only knew everything He was protecting us from, we would never question Him. Think about it: have you ever been stuck in traffic, you’re frustrated beyond belief because it seems every little thing that could go wrong did in fact go wrong? Turn that around and praise the fact that He got you to your destination safely albeit a little late. If you only knew what He kept you from, just to protect you. I for one can’t wait to get to Heaven and sit down with Jesus and see every moment he kept me from something outside His will, without me even knowing it. It’s not always pretty, but He is always good.
In the end, it’s all for YOUR victory. Open your heart and allow Him to take you down the roads you never thought you would walk down. That’s where the magic happens.