Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Our willingness to wait..."

"Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we're waiting for." ~ Charles Stanley (in reference to Isaiah 64:4)

OK... I'm not delusional... I know reading that quote creates two reactions (1) duh, or (2) easier said than felt. I have to be honest... I can sway in either direction depending on when you ask me. I would love to be able to say that I'm on the "duh" side all the time, but my human self, and spiritual warfare attacks can definitely put me in a place where impatience will take over, even if it is something that I desire so much.

I am currently in a period of waiting - Waiting to find out whether God has a different plan for me than I went into college thinking I had for myself. Being in a position where you are waiting to find out whether your career is going to take a different path, one that you feel is clearly where God has been leading you, is stressful, consuming, and exciting all at the same time. Coming to the end of that waiting period, knowing you will get an answer soon, makes it that much more difficult.

I am a huge believer in spiritual warfare! I am also a huge believer that we are attacked most during the times we are doing the Lord's work, when we are on the right path, and when the enemy wants to stop us from achieving anything great that may glorify our Lord. So now, as the enemy attacks, rallies my insecurities, and tries to get me to believe lies about myself, I'm beginning to view it as a compliment and working to daily find the peace the Lord offers us. With that peace comes patience and an understanding that He has a plan for us that will exceed all of our own earthly expectations. I am confident that regardless of the outcome, He will provide the desires of my heart, the desires that are focused on living for His glory, serving His children, and fulfilling my purpose for Him on this Earth... during that very small amount of time on Earth compared to the eternity I will one day get to spend right next to Him.

Until then... I will rely on this truth: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7,8

To the one who works daily to stop me: "Bring it on! I'm on the right path... you know it... and I know it... and you can't stop me!"

"I am doing a great work and I cannot come down!" ~ Nehemiah 6:3