Written by Guest Writer, Stephanie Hulett
Some of the hardest seasons of my life have been when I have had to wait for something. Whether I was waiting for an answer, waiting for direction or waiting for something to change, it was difficult. I didn't like feeling stuck and it was frustrating to me to be put on hold. My waiting consumed my thoughts and I even lost sight of the important things. I ended up losing my focus.
Hebrews 12:2 tells us... "to FIX our eyes on Jesus, He began and finished the race of life and endured the cross."
Matthew 20:28 tells us... "He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life..."
While Jesus was in the waiting he was "a waiter." He lived his life serving and loving others. He didn't let the wait stop Him from living and doing what He was called to do. He continued to live His purpose by serving and caring for others. He was not consumed by the waiting season but was driven by loving others. We can be strong and courageous in the wait by fixing our eyes on Jesus and serving others.
In the waiting season there can be times of silence. We can feel abandoned or forgotten by God. Our minds become our enemy as it fills with doubt and fear. It is like being in the waiting room at a hospital when we are waiting to hear news about a loved one. The clock seems to have stopped ticking and time stands still. It seems like forever until we hear something.
God tells us to FILL the silence... fill it with music, encouraging sermons, laughter, positive people, uplifting books, and of course Gods Word. We can be strong and courageous in our waiting if we fill the silence with thoughts of faith and joy.
Philippians 4:8-9 tells us “... if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise."
Lastly, in the Bible, the word wait is interchanged with the word hope. We can change our perspective about our waiting if we see it as a season of hope. Hope in the One who calls you His beloved. Hope in the One who knows your name. Hope in the One who saved your soul. We can turn it into a season of expectation, anticipation and possibilities. We can be strong and courageous in our seasons of waiting if we turn our wait into hope.
Psalm 27:14 tells us... “Hope (wait on) in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope (wait on) in the Lord!”
Isaiah 40:31 says... “but those who hope in (wait on) the Lord will renew their strength; they will fly up on wings like eagles; they will run and not be tired; they will walk and not be weary.”
I pray that while you wait, God would continually remind you to focus on others as your thoughts and minds are filled with the expectancy of a new day. Be strong and courageous!!
Hello my name is Tiffany. I am a mom to two beautiful children, Landon & Madelyn and a wife to my Prince Charming, David. A few of my favorite things are Disney, the beach, sharpies & post its.
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