To Those Who Wait, Part I

Waiting is difficult, so very difficult for us all…


Personally, I used to be the most inpatient person I knew. I didn’t want to wait for my prince, I didn’t want to wait to graduate high school and go to college, and I still have a hard time waiting to see a lot of my dreams come to pass. I wanted it all then and there or even, now. Waiting is still a challenge but God has taught me the value in waiting. He has instilled a new desire in me–the desire to want to please Him first and foremost and when I wait on Him, I know it is one of the best “I love You’s” my Father can hear from my lips because it displays TRUST in Him. 


Many know my testimony but I know some do not. But, back when I broke my back and went through 2 major surgery’s, I played the waiting game like nobody’s business. Would I ever walk again? Would I ever dance again? Would I graduate from high school? Would I get to go to college? Who would want to be with a girl that has a back of an 80 year old woman? These questions suffused my mind constantly. 


God had me wait…
   …and wait
             …and wait


and wait.


I am so very thankful He did because the waiting process during that time brought me to my knees, at the cross, and wrapped in the arms of the one true God. 


Ladies and Gents, I know so many of you that are not wanting or willing to wait. You complain because you are not in a relationship or married, you murmur about not being graduated yet–it’s taking too long, you grumble that God is unfair and has forgotten your dream, and the list goes on.


He hasn’t forgotten.


And you know what I learned through it all? God usually didn’t budge on things until I was content in Him and Him alone. I would forget that God doesn’t live in time. 


“But our God is in heaven;

         He does whatever He pleases” Psalm 115:3 (NKJV)



However, we do live in time and it bites sometimes, but we have to remember that He doesn’t and that He has a perfect plan. Do you think that when we get to Heaven we are going to ask God, what took you so long to bring me my wife or husband? Or, God why did I have to wait so long to see my dream come to pass? I think not. In fact, it usually ends up that once we get one thing we were desiring, we just have yet another thing lined-up in the midst, so we usually always have something we are waiting on.


WHEN all along its awaiting the return of our King that we should be the most inpatient for. He tells us to be ready for that day (Luke 21:34-36)


So while we are here on earth and on this wilderness journey (Exodus 16). Until we learn to be still, wait on Him, and are so content with just Him, what makes us think we are going to instantly retrieve those dreams and desires we don’t want to wait for? However, He loves us so much that He does give us so much. He impregnates dreams in us, stirs up desires, and He grants us so very much. Oh how He loves us indeed! He simply wants us to trust and wait on Him, His timing. There is a purpose for those who wait, He promises. 


Here is a song from one of my favorite female-led bands, Fireflight. It’s a song For Those Who Wait. Listen, sing it to the Lord, and I encourage you to sit at His feet and out-loud, vocally let our amazing Father know that you are willing and wanting to wait. Trust Him and know that He he has plans for your future, plans to prosper you and not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11).

Wait on Him Today,




Erica

2 thoughts on “To Those Who Wait, Part I

  1. Dear Erica,Thank you for sharing. Your story and that video made me shead tears since they strung a cord dear and near to my heart. Waiting is a beautiful thing, especially when you have a close relationship with God. I too waited and struggled with God and his promises. When I finally sought Him, went to Discipleship Training School, and became a missionary to Italy, He not only brought me a wife, he brought her all the way to Italy from Texas 🙂 That and other things grew our relationship and my faith. God is looking to surprise me, He doesn't give me what I want, because He has something better. Love and hugs,Caleb

  2. Awwww! And now your comment made me cry, Mr. Pendleton. You have such a testimony and I am so blessed to have heard what all the Lord did in both your life and Charity's. You both are a huge blessing and missed so very much here.Thank you for your comment and God definitely doesn't always give us what we want, it is totally better!Love & Hugs back,Ericap.s. Give your wifey and your adorable baby boy hugs and kisses from me!!

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