I sure feel like I've had enough experience with waiting, but the truth is I need a LOT more practice, because I'm not very good at it. I believe God is teaching me patience - with others and myself, and I am working on humbly submitting to that journey, but it feels very uncomfortable.
Acting as if I am healed of food addiction while waiting for His intervention in my heart is SO awkward! I don't know what it will be like when He has healed me of food addiction and compulsive overeating. I only know that the path of submission to food is well-worn, tended, and nurtured, and that it beckons me to return to what I know. Choosing another path is acting in faith that there is hope for healing, while being barraged with temptation after temptation. That is a difficult choice, but I am making it daily, sometimes hour by hour.
What does waiting look like in your life? Are you waiting for God to heal an area of your heart, your marriage, your relationship with your child? I propose that while God can heal instantly anything, often the path He has for us is one of waiting. We may be tired, angry, afraid, lonely, sad, hopeless, and we may truly be powerless to alter our circumstances. We may be so weary of the waiting, that we have forgotten that our God is worthy of our praise right now, right in the middle of our waiting. The song "Praise You in This Storm" starts with, "I was sure by now, God, You would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day. But once again, I say, "Amen" and it's still rainin'" I could actually post the entire lyrics to drive this home, but if you've got a few minutes to listen, please go hear that song. Here is a YouTube link
As we wait on His healing, protection, correction, or direction, we must remember that HIs timing is not ours, and these long days, weeks, months, and years of waiting do NOT mean He isn't working. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
May our faith become stronger, may our worship be truer, may our hearts grow fonder as we wait on His perfect plan in His perfect timing.
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