Have you ever been waiting on God’s answers to a situation, and grown weary? Have you ever wondered what God is doing during your wait in the waiting room of life?
Maybe you feel like you’re in the middle of the ocean, waiting for someone to throw you a life preserver.
Maybe you’ve been waiting for your financial situation to turn around.
For your prodigal child to return.
For your spouse to see the error in their ways.
Or, for your physical healing to come.
Have you been praying the same prayer and wondered why God hasn’t answered or delivered you from your trial?
I’ve been there many times.
God is working while we wait
Sometimes the wait has been long…years. And I’ve been tempted to give up hope…to stop praying…to assume His answer was no, or worse yet, that He just didn’t hear my prayers.
But He has been showing me that because of Him, #HopePrevails!
It doesn’t always look like we want it to or think it should. But God told us in His word, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
A few years ago, God used a situation in my own life to help me understand this better and to see that when we think He has forgotten or is doing nothing, we must trust He is really working ALL things together for us in His perfect way and in His perfect time.
More than ten years ago, I was at an area leadership luncheon meeting for women’s ministry leaders. While there, I met the keynote speaker, whom I had long admired, and who was friends with a colleague of mine who was also at the luncheon. Upon meeting her, I felt an immediate connection, but the relationship went no further. I thought nothing of it…she meets thousands of women every year.
Years later, I was at my private practice when I received a text from the colleague who had been at the luncheon more than ten years prior. She and I had the occasional interaction over the years, but no regular opportunity to connect. She texted to ask for a few moments of my time to ask for some professional guidance. I responded that I’d be happy to help and would follow up later in the day after I had finished seeing patients and had more time to consider her concern.
Not giving it another thought, that afternoon took me to a meeting about an hour from my office. Honestly, I had wrestled with even going to the meeting or not, believing it may not be a good stewardship of my time. After prayerful concern, still not wanting to go, I felt what I discerned to be a prompting from God.
While at the meeting, I realized I was in the same city as the colleague who had texted that morning. If you know me at all, you know I thrive on one on one connection…the kind where you get to see another’s passion and heart in life. I’d much rather sit down for a few minutes over coffee or tea than play text or email volleyball of messages.
So I texted my colleague from the meeting and let her know my whereabouts, which was followed with an invitation to come over to chat in person. Within the hour, my soul’s desire for connection was being refueled, while she was getting professional input to her concern.
When God sovereignly works on our behalf
As we neared the end of our professional conversation, she asked for an update on recent events in my life. I enthusiastically shared with her the most significant areas that I saw God moving and leading, but also shared with her an area that I felt powerless to effect. An area that would require God to mightily answer my prayers and be my provider.
Without hesitation, she offered that her friend, the keynote speaker I had met more than ten years earlier, would have insight into my predicament. She proceeded to phone her on the spot to address the concern right then.
What I didn’t know that morning when I had first received the text for input from my friend, was that it was this speaker’s suggestion that she contact me…she remembered me from 10 years prior.
Within minutes the three of us were visiting, sharing from the heart, and watching God connect the dots for each of us that He started drawing the foundation for over a decade before. And in the present, had I not yielded to His prompting to attend the meeting that afternoon, I would not have enjoyed their presence or input that afternoon. It was a time when God hit me with fresh revelation of his sovereignty and perfect timing. He was at work even when I could not see.
Waiting for God’s perfect timing: His plan is for good
When we can see only our current situation, He is already carefully weaving the foundation for our future prayers to be answered. When our prayers seem to go unanswered, He is waiting for His perfect timing, when He will receive glory.
Even when we are in the midst of difficulty, unable to see a resolution to our trials, we can trust that His plan is for good. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
What are you trusting God for today? Keep trusting, Friend. He’s working things out for your good.
Every day can be a good day when you trust the promises of God.
Today is Going to be a Good Day
My newest book, Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises from God to Start Your Day Off Right is now available!
This uplifting devotional helps you make each day a good day no matter what is going on in your life.
When life conspires to drag us down with all of its troubles, it can be hard to keep our spirits up. In times of severe illness and depression, I learned that when I stand on God’s promises, despite my circumstances, every day can be a good day.
Each reading includes Scripture, reflection, prayer, and a recommended playlist song designed to help you live out Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
For more information on the book visit: Today is Going to be a Good Day Book