Waiting for the Lord to answer your prayers is sometimes one of the hardest things to do.
In an age of “now” we have gotten used to getting what we want WHEN we want it!
We have fast food, and heaven help those poor workers if they take longer than 3 minutes to bring the food to the window.
Cell phones that can do pretty much anything and answer any question within seconds and allow you instant contact with friends and loved ones.
We have delivery systems for online shopping so we can pay $20 more to get our package to us 2 days earlier. I mean really, what in the world would you need that badly?
We have apps for restaurants and grocery stores so that we can sit nicely in our car and avoid the crowds and lines.
Everything is accessible now. And as things become more accessible, we want it faster and faster! I mean you can’t even go to the bathroom without having someone get mad because you didn’t respond to their text in 30 seconds.
Today’s culture isn’t used to waiting. At all. Even in situations bigger than fast food such as waiting for a Godly man, waiting on a baby, waiting on salvation for a friend or family member, waiting on healing. We want God to answer us now.
Unfortunately, that’s not how life or God work. There will be times when we are made to wait.
It’s in those seasons of waiting that we have two choices: We can either grow weary with God, become impatient and grow apart from Him. Or we can allow that time of waiting to bring us closer to Christ. We can allow it to feed our trust in Him.
I’ve learned a lot about waiting in my life and I know a lot of people who are currently in seasons of waiting on God. One of those friends (I think I can call her my friend!) is Caroline Harries.
I have gotten to know Caroline through her blog, In Due Time, and through her new book, In Due Time: Hope and Encouragement in the Waiting. No one has made waiting look more graceful than her and her husband, Colby. They are waiting on God to give them a baby in spite of doctors saying there is no physical way. And she has dedicated her blog to writing about her journey and praising God through her wait.
She recently wrote a book, a devotional called In Due Time: Hope and Encouragement in the Waiting, to encourage those who are also in a time of waiting.
The wonderful thing about the words in her book is that they are not just for those who might be struggling with infertility but for anyone who is in a season of waiting.
She uses scripture to encourage and refresh those reading the pages. She speaks life not only into what you might be waiting on but also into having a relationship with our Father.
She brings perspective to your wait: It’s not really about the wait but about you trusting God and His ultimate plan. It’s about praising Him even when you don’t understand.
If you are currently in a season of waiting or if you have a family member or friend waiting on God, I would recommend buying them this devotional. It will not only shed some light on the waiting but will also encourage and uplift each person who reads it.
While I am not in a season of waiting, I bought and read this devotional and while I admit I didn’t take 60 days to read it because I was so eager, I truly cherished it. I was blessed by the words on each page!
Seriously y’all, what could be a better Christmas gift than bringing hope and encouragement to someone in a season of waiting.
As a friend (because I feel like we are all friends here) I ask that you head over to In Due Time and check it out. Bless someone with this devotional this year. Or buy it for yourself! You can click here to purchase it. You won’t be sorry!
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite entries from In Due Time: Hope and Encouragement in the Waiting:
Day 53: God’s Burden is Light
“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30, ESV
Are you feeling weary? In this scripture, Jesus tells you to let go of all your weariness and burdens, take his yoke and find rest in Him. What does the “yoke” in this verse even mean? A yoke is used to attach a team of oxen together to plow a field or pull a heavy load. Two yokes balance the load, with the stronger one in front. In the same way, Jesus wants you to join with Him so that He can carry your burdens. As He leads the way in front, He takes the heaviness of the load and offers His strength to you so that you can find true and peaceful rest as you release your burdens to Him.
In this passage, Jesus doesn’t promise to remove the trials in your life. However, when you choose to share your burdens with Him, the hardships that you face will be lighter. Jesus will always direct every one of your steps by leading with the yoke in front; he will release the load from you and carry it himself.
God “will strengthen you and help you” when you are weary (Isaiah 41:10). If you feel overwhelmed weariness, know that God doesn’t get tired. The hardships that you are facing and the full plate that you are trying to manage don’t overwhelm him, but as your Father, God desires for you to seek unity with Him so that He can bear your burdens for you. God will bless you with true and meaningful rest. His grace will cover every situation you face; He will lighten your load, bringing freedom to all areas of your life. Don’t let your own opinions, solutions or agenda hold you back from running to His arms. Seek Him, and you will find rest for your weary soul.