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We live in a world of instant gratification.

If I seek knowledge, I can instantly pull out my phone and Google any topic.

If I don’t have time to make dinner, I can drive thru somewhere and instantly have dinner.

Need a birthday cake?  I can pick one up on my way home.

If I need a gift for a friend, I can go on Amazon and instantly have it ordered.

If I want to talk to friends, I can text or call or even FaceTime them and instantly it’s like they are there.

Social media will let me instantly share my life and happenings with all of my “friends.”

I’m wondering if all these insta’s are causing our senses to be dulled. Have we forgotten what it means to wait patiently or to work to find an answer? (Encyclopedias and trips to the library are no longer necessary). We get frustrated when someone doesn’t respond quickly to a call or text. Forgetting a time when letters were sent and it could take weeks to hear back?

And in this age of right now answers, it can be difficult to wait upon the Lord.  We get down on our knees and petition the Lord and we want an answer quickly. We want what we want often times forgetting His timing and His ways are not our ways.

Maybe I’m the only one who struggles with this but I don’t think so. I pray to find peace hoping to feel it take over my whole being immediately with little or no effort or learning. Or I want to have healing the instant I pray for it. More often though I want a trial taken away, forgetting that the struggle is often more valuable than the achieving.

I came across this great article found here titled When God Makes You Wait. The author addresses some of the times in the scriptures the Lord makes people wait for something they desired. In her words.

“Jesus could have come and healed Lazarus when he was still alive.
Instead, He waited to raise him from the dead when he was already in his grave.

God could have made David become king the day after he was anointed.
Instead, He waited 15 years to rise to the throne, many of those years spent fearing for his life, hiding out and running away from his own father-in-law.

God could have spoken to Moses in the desert about sending him to help free His people from slavery 40 days after he ran away from Egypt.
Instead, He made him wait for 40 long years.

God could have gotten Joseph out of prison one year after he was sentenced there.
Instead, he was stuck in that dungeon for 10 years before he was finally set free.

God could have given Abraham the son He promised him when he was still a young man.
Instead, He waited until he was 100 years old and because of physical reasons would have a more difficult time conceiving at that age.”

If they, being holy men of God, had to learn and grow through waiting than how much more am I in need of learning how to wait on the Lord.

The author continues

“IF He is making you wait, there is a very good reason for it.
If He is telling you “no” today, maybe it’s because He has a better “yes” waiting for you tomorrow.
If He is keeping you in the same place you’ve always been today, maybe it’s because He’s helping build your faith before you enter your Promised Land tomorrow.
If He is not healing you or bringing you victory today, maybe it’s because you will have a greater testimony when He waits to help you be an overcomer tomorrow.

Wherever you are at today know that God is right beside you and that there is a purpose for you. Even if that purpose is to wait.
Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening today.
Maybe there is nothing physically happening that your eyes can see but there is definitely something happening in the spiritual realm as you learn to rely on Christ.

Don’t allow your waiting period to make you hopeless about what tomorrow will bring.
Instead, let it build your faith and give you even greater hope for what God has prepared for you.
He made some of the greatest men of faith wait.
Don’t be discouraged if He makes you wait as well.
He will come through for you, just like He came through for them.”

What a powerful reminder.  I can only see what’s right before me. But with the Lord’s all-seeing eye He can guide me and direct me to a life much better than I would settle for.

When my small child tells me they want ice cream for dinner, I can see the value in making them wait until they eat something healthy first. I understand if I gave them the dessert without making them eat a real dinner, they probably wouldn’t want to eat a sustaining meal. And with only ice cream in their belly they would not have the energy and strength needed to grow and play.

“We see such a limited part of the eternal plan He has fashioned for each one of us. Trust Him, even when in eternal perspective it temporarily hurts very much. Have patience when you are asked to wait when you want immediate action. He may ask you to do things which are powerfully against your will. Exercise faith and say, Let Thy will be done. Such experiences, honorably met, prepare you and condition you for yet greater blessings. As your Father, His purpose is your eternal happiness, your continuing development, your increasing capacity. His desire is to share with you all that He has. The path you are to walk through life may be very different from others. You may not always know why He does what He does, but you can know that He is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. He would have you suffer no consequence, no challenge, endure no burden that is superfluous to your good”- Richard G Scott

What if, like the prophets of old, your prayers of today aren’t being answered because something much more glorious is coming. I have seen this in my own life. An unexpected road or detour placed upon us only to lead to a joy that could not have been foreseen at the start.

I am grateful for prayers not answered the way I believed they should have been. For in the beautiful heartbreak I have found my relationship with my Savior and I have seen His hand guiding me into an unknown gloriousness that is yet to be fully realized.- SUSAN

 

1 Comment

  1. Arnold Miller

    Too often we ask for patience and want it, NOW! Like when we were waiting for our.mission call and waited almost five months. But when it came, we had no idea it was for,such special experiences. Had it come earlier, we would not have been able to serve in three different missions, doing work that would not have been ready for us yet

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