So, a two-week deadline came and went on Tuesday with no acknowledgement, so I am still stuck waiting. I could feel frustration setting in again as I was reminded that the only person who benefits from this mess being over is me. No one else involved benefits, so no one else involved is in a big hurry.
Thank God for His daily reminders that – even in the midst of my frustration and flashes of anger – there is a purpose to my waiting.
There is continued healing taking place.
There is hopeful expectation and gratitude for unexpected gifts.
Beauty being slowly born.
And, while there is still frustration in the waiting, those things make it bearable.
From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young
Trust and thankfulness will get you safely through this day. Trust protects you from worrying and obsessing. Thankfulness keeps you from criticizing and complaining: those “sister sins” that so easily entangle you.
Keeping your eyes on Me is the same thing as trusting Me. It is a free choice that you must make thousands of times daily. The more you choose to trust Me, the easier it becomes. Thought patterns of trust become etched into your brain. Relegate troubles to the periphery of your mind, so that I can be central in your thoughts. Thus you focus on Me, entrusting your concerns to My care.
From Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)
Have you prayed and prayed, and waited and waited, and still you see no evidence of an answer? Are you tired of seeing no movement? Are you at the point of giving up? Then perhaps you have not waited in the right way, which removes you from the right place – the place where the Lord can meet you.
“Wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25). Patience eliminates worry. The Lord said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence. Patience eliminates weeping. Why feel sad and discouraged? He knows your needs better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to receive more glory through it. Patience eliminates self-works. “The work of God is this: to believe” (John 6:29), and once you believe, you may know all is well. Patience eliminates all want. Perhaps your desire to receive what you want is stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled.
Patience eliminates all weakness. Instead of thinking of waiting as being wasted time, realize that God is preparing His resources and strengthening you as well. Patience eliminates all wobbling. “He touched me and raised me to my feet” (Daniel 8:18). God’s foundations are steady, and when we have His patience within, we are steady while we wait. Patience yields worship. Sometimes the best part of praiseful waiting is experiencing “great endurance and patience . . . joyfully” (Colossians 1:11). While you wait, “let [all these aspects of] patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4), and you will be greatly enriched. – Charles Henry Parkhurst