Buddy was jumping up on me the other night, begging me to take him for a walk.
“Buddy, it’s too hot. You have to wait. We’ll go later when it cools down a bit.”
Then it suddenly hit me: I’m like Buddy.
Many hundreds of times the past years I’ve cried out to God to answer two particular prayers which seemingly go unanswered. I feel like Buddy in this picture: tied to a post and not able to escape. I want my circumstances to change, to improve, but for some reason God is keeping me “stuck” in place.
When I get frustrated, I try to do three things:
- Recall my blessings;
- Remind myself of times I didn’t trust God’s timing, forged ahead and regretted it; and
- Remind myself of who God is.
The first two don’t need any further explanation. But regarding #3:
I have to remind myself that God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He knows the future and I don’t. His plans for me are good (Jeremiah 29:11) and I have to trust that He’s making me wait because I’m either not ready for the blessing at this time or He’s still arranging the circumstances in my favor. (God normally works His will through the natural realm of things and not with a spectacular miracle.)
Additionally, there may be people He wants me to influence or help where I’m at currently. Or the experiences I’m enduring now, or have yet to encounter, will bring glory to Him and help others. It’s not always about me and what I want, but what God wants to do in the lives of others around me, too.
It could also be that I need to grow in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and the only way for God to encourage me to become a better person is to make me endure some suffering or hardship.
This is one of my favorite verses, which I quote when I feel discouraged and stuck:
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”–Psalm 27:13
It doesn’t build your faith when everything goes your way. Only when things seemingly go awry or our plans are frustrated or we’re opposed in some manner in reaching our goals do we need to rely on God’s promises detailed in the Bible.
It’s hard to trust when you can’t see an invisible God at work in the background. God knows waiting is really hard.
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”–Psalm 27:14
God never promised us an easy path in this life (Jesus, John 16:33).
In Psalm 27, the Psalmist David reminds himself why we can wait upon God with confidence:
vs. 1, 5: We don’t need to fear because He’s our light and salvation and our defense. He will light our path and rescue us.
vs. 2-4: Evil people WILL oppose us. But we can be confident that God will cause them to stumble and fall.
vs. 8-9: God promises to answer us when we seek Him.
vs. 10: Even our family may abandon us, but God never will forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5-6)
vs. 12-13: Evil people may rise against us, outnumber us, lie about us, slander us, threaten us, but God will arise to our aid if we are
WILLING TO WAIT.
And I tell you what: Waiting is HARD, HARD, HARD!!!
Eventually, when it cooled down, Buddy got his walkie.
Experts claim that memorizing poems is good for you. I decided to memorize some Biblical psalms because it is not only good for my brain, but also my soul. So many times I’ve felt distressed and felt better after reciting a psalm to myself or praying through it aloud to God. Please give it a try. Psalm 100 or 23 are good poems to start with as they are fairly short. But Psalm 27 is also a very good one to memorize too.
God bless you from Dawn and Buddy