Monday, November 18, 2013

Dreaming Big: Growing in the waiting




When I think about the years of waiting to meet my Mr. Right For Me, I remember the loneliness and the questions. More than this, I look back and I see how I changed, grew and matured through those years of waiting. I grew in my relationship with God. I grew in my view of the world and I grew in my view of marriage. If God had Jason and I meet when I was in my early twenties we would most likely not have been ready for each other. We would not have been the same people and perhaps not even have been interested in each other. There was a lot of growing and changing and maturing that happened in the ten or more years before we finally met, dated, and were married. Sometimes we wonder whether those years would have been easier had we had each other to depend on. Had we grown together. But, God’s timing is perfect and He had His reasons for His perfect timing.
If God made everything happen right away it wouldn’t require anything on our part, would it? We would miss out on opportunities for growth. It is through the trials and difficult times that we are given the most opportunities for growth and for our faith to grow:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1

Growth happens when our faith is stretched and, even through the trials, we press forward and believe in what we cannot see. God has put a promise in your heart. Don’t give up on it just because you have been waiting a long time. I think of Abraham and Sarah in the Bible and how she was way past her childbearing years before she bore her first baby. She waited a long, long time, but God came through with His promise. I am sure Sarah must have had her doubts, but in time her hearts desires came true.
We do not want you to become lazy,
but to imitate those who through faith and patience
 inherit what has been promised.
Hebrews 6:12

There’s a lot to learn from Abraham and Sarah. Faith. Patience. Endurance.

Lean on God. He has spoken promises over your life. He has placed dreams in your heart. Dreams you have shared with others. Dreams that remain quiet in the depths of your being. He knows them all. He has every intention of having them come true. So, allow Him wrap His arms around you as you wait. Obey His Word and learn from it.

Be blessed in the waiting.


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