The Unplugged Series: What to do in God’s Waiting Room.
Happy belated Thanksgiving!! I hope you had a great one! Ours was great! It was my husband and I’s first married Thanksgiving, because we’ve had a ton of other Thanksgivings together. This one was special though, because it was just the two of us and y’all I cooked a whole Thanksgiving meal by myself! Whaaaattt??!?! lol I was calling my mama every hour, but with her guidance and a couple of YouTube videos (because I learn best with a visual and verbal instruction lol), I created something great, if I do say so myself, and I do say so! I was just so grateful that God blessed us with the means to even purchase Thanksgiving food amongst other things. I was also grateful to be able to produce something for my family, that will create lasting memories for years to come! It was awesome!
But any who! Let’s get to the good stuff! Y’all, I have been having so many thoughts and ideas in my head concerning where I am currently in my life. I didn’t know how I wanted to approach the situation to write about it, and then I got quiet before God, opened up my journal to write and there was a verse on the top of the page that spoke volumes to me. I will share it with you momentarily. I am in a season of waiting. Am I the only one? Where it feels like you are putting in the work to get to where you feel you should be, and nothing seems to be working out? Sarah Jakes Roberts said it best in her “Taking Form” sermon, “It’s like you’re not failing at anything, but you’re not necessarily winning either. You’re just in the uncomfortable middle place, and it’s because you’re taking form.” That in itself was comforting, but then you have those times when it’s like everything and everyone around you seems to be advancing and moving forward, and you’re sitting in God’s waiting room swinging your feet and clearing your throat. It’s awkward to say the least.
So what do you do? What do you do when you become frustrated with God? (Y’all don’t have to admit to it, but I will.) What do you do when you have questions, with no answers? What do you do when you feel like every time you take two steps forward, the path ahead of you elongates? I don’t know about you, but that can be a real joy killer, and a hope breaker! That’s why I wanted to share what I feel God has given me, because it’s hard out here trying to wait and be positive simultaneously. Especially when the wait seems never-ending. Who has time for that?? There were so many verses that popped into my head that I felt would really encourage you, but there was also a verse I felt God showed me at the top of my blank journal page that gives more practical steps in this waiting period. Everything is all good, when we’re feeling good and uplifted, but what do we do in the thick of it, on the brink of a mental conniption? That’s what I need.The verses he showed me are Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Now let’s break this thing down into three parts, so we can have some practical steps to help us, because I need some help! Seriously lol
#1: TRUST in the Lord WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART– See I believe that the fact that He had to tell us to trust in Him with ALL of our heart, that there would obviously be some areas that we wouldn’t want to surrender to him. In this verse, God is saying “Yeah give me that corner over there too! Give me that little piece you’re hiding behind your back! Yeah I want alllllll of that.” How can we expect someone to fix something or help us out if we won’t give them the whole problem, or all the broken pieces?? We’re setting ourselves up for failure. When I googled the definition for trust it means, a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Trust God. Believe that the plans he has for us are amazing. Believe that he wants to gives us a hope and a future. Believe that his plans are never to harm us, but to perfect us. Believe that God will never let us down! Believe that he has our back and he actually cares for us, because he does. It’s hard to trust someone you have a skewed opinion or view about. He is Our Father in Heaven. He is our Dad, and he wants to see us win. I think we have a misunderstanding of what surrendering is. It’s not just throwing it away and hoping that we don’t fail. It’s literally handing it over to God and teaming up with him. It’s being an active participant in this game of life, but trusting him to control the play. It’s increasing our faith! We increase our faith by remembering how God has sustained us, and brought us back before. Literally say it out loud, “God you did this, and this for me before, so I know you will knock this one out of the park”!
#2 Lean not on your OWN understanding-I don’t know about you, but there is a battle of the mind that happens in waiting. I compare myself to other people. I speak negatively on my situation. I try to find approval and purpose in people. Can I just be honest? We choose to believe what we want. I’m tired of choosing to believe in the lesser. I want to not only believe in God enough, but I want to believe in ME enough too. Yes the Bible says his ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts and this is so true. Naturally we are not wired to think the best. We are shaped by our experiences, and everyone’s life experiences haven’t been that great! That’s why the Bible also says in, 1 Corinthians 2:16, ‘For,”Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him? ”But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ’ Now we won’t know everything, and honestly, some things are just better for us not to know. However, what I feel this verse is saying is there is nothing wrong with asking God for clarity and perspective. While waiting on God, there is nothing wrong with saying, ” Lord I’m feeling very uneasy and confused. Instill in me your heart and mind on the matter. Share with me your perspective, and grant me peace. Waiting will always be hard through the lens of mankind, because we want it NOW! But, in walking with Christ, we must elevate our way of thinking. Also, it’s OK to not have everything figured out, and that’s the beauty of trusting God. I don’t have to have all my steps figured out when my ear is to heaven. I move when God says move. Get some verses that really speak to you and place them in a frequent location. Whenever you begin to feel shaken, say those verses, and tell those negative thoughts they have to go! They have no power to hinder your destiny! That you choose to think about you, what God thinks of you! Amen? Amen!
Okay, last one…
#3 In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE HIM and he SHALL DIRECT THY PATH– For me, this was the exciting part, because God is basically promising us that he will direct our paths. He’s telling us that we won’t be in waiting forever! Praise God! He won’t leave us stranded if we acknowledge him. He wants to be invited and included into every area of our lives. You got to know that while waiting on God, there will be some counterfeit solutions that will pop up. This is why we must seek him for help and clarity. This is the part where we team up with Christ and have constant conversation and dialogue with him. I’m learning to ask God what he thinks about everything. I need want us to both stay in the loop.
I hope and pray that this has help you in some way. While in waiting we don’t have to be stagnant. Bloom where God has planted you, and learn all that you can where you are. The Bible tells us not to despise humble beginning. Nothing is a waste of time in the will of God. He uses all things for our good. Uncomfortable as it may be, trust the journey. I’m learning little tidbits here and there as I wait for God’s promises to me, and I wanted to share it! Comment below and share with us, what has helped or is helping you in waiting. We can all learn from each others experiences! I love you all, and am praying for you! Pray for me!