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Waiting on God’s Guidance

 

WAITING ON GOD’S GUIDANCE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Be still, and know that I am God;

Psalm 46:10a

Exhaustion held me hostage. Physically, the insomnia had left me drained. Mentally and emotionally, two distinctly different dilemmas wreaked havoc in my mind.

A family member in a dire situation needed assistance. Should I help? How could I afford to help?

A major project stood at a crossroads. I needed to hear from God on which way to go. I felt trapped in a hallway with many doors, unsure which ones to open.

A dear friend texted me our focal verse.

Be still, and know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10a)

I clung to it like a hidden treasure unearthed. That was exactly what I needed to do.

First, I caught up on my sleep. A clear mind was necessary to hear what God was saying. I continued praying and seeking the Lord to confirm that He wanted me to tackle the project from another approach, almost starting over. Peace settled over me.

A few days later, I helped my family member with a monetary gift. Unsure about how I could make up for this expense, I acted in faith. My word for this year – faith.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God worked both situations together…for good. Because the project met a delay, the funds I had set aside were not needed now. They equaled the amount I gave my loved one. That is so God! He took two unrelated problems and brought about good.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Let’s unpack Psalm 46:10 and understand what it means to “be still.” According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, (www.blueletterbible.com( the word “still” in this particular verse means to “desist from war.” The same word translates differently in other verses, such as “silent” and “rest.”

While I needed the physical rest, I needed the war in my mind to cease. I don’t wait well, especially when I am waiting on God to direct my footsteps.

The battle had to be silenced, so I could reflect on God. God is larger than any problem. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is sovereign. And I want His will and His way.

Sometimes, the doors God opens are the doors I would have closed.

I wouldn’t have made these choices, but because I was still. Because I waited. Because I allowed God to be God, instead of charging ahead. These are the doors He chose, and because it is God’s will, it is also mine.

Friend, do you need to sit quietly, waiting for God to open a door in your hall today? Let the battles hush. And know that He is God.

Lord God, help me focus on You, not the battles swirling around me. Help me make the time to meditate on You, and know that You are God. You are my provider. You are my shield. You are my counselor. I await Your answer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 46.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I know how hard it is to step back and wait on God but memorize this verse. Write it down. Let God guide you into His open doors.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Hating the Waiting

 

HATING THE WAITING

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:4 NKJV

Traffic jams, check-out lines, and waiting rooms. Do you hate to wait? Our real problem with patience occurs while we wait for the test results, the pain to end, the healing to come, or the breakthrough to finally break through.

Even Jesus waited, not just the four days He tarried in reaching Lazarus, but He delayed His own resurrection. Christ revealed His timetable to His disciples on many occasions. Three days in the tomb, but they failed to believe. This resulted in their despair and grief. If they had only understood, Saturday could have been joyous rather than grievous.

Like the remaining eleven, we fail to appreciate future glory. We want our trial to end, now.

During Jesus’ time in the tomb, the women prepared the spices to anoint His body. We make preparations as we linger in our trials. Life seems to go on, but Jesus kept busy in the spiritual realm, during His three-day delay.

Friend, Jesus is busy during our wait too. He works behind the scenes, and like the women, we move forward. Like the disciples, we try to make sense of the senseless.

On September 18, 2006, my world crashed around me. I lost all reason for living, but time continued. God showered me with grace and love. I went as far as to say life was great, but life in heaven would be so much better. No more heartache. No more memories.

Almost ten years later to the day, September 20, 2016, I met a beautiful black Lab. My guide dog, Iva, is a source of boundless joy. Her silliness keeps me laughing. Her unconditional love reminds me of the love of Christ.

Jesus surprised me with this new addition to our family, and Iva gave me a reason to live, not merely survive. During the ten-year wait, Jesus worked. Patience had its perfect work. I have grown in grace and wisdom.

Our microwave world doesn’t offer slow cooker results. In my little kitchen, nothing comes out of my microwave as scrumptious as what comes from the crockpot. Isn’t that true with life? Instant satisfaction robs us of gradual gratification.

You might be waiting, or like me, you might not know you are playing the waiting game. While we wait, Jesus works. While we wait, the world continues to turn. While we wait, we become more like Jesus. While we wait, we gain strength. While we wait, we learn patience, and patience will have its perfect work. Friend, you will lack nothing. Trusting Jesus means trusting His timing.

Lord Jesus, help us slow down. Help us not get in a hurry. Help us see the value in waiting. In Jesus’ name, Amen

DIG DEEPER

Read Mark16.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I challenge you to strive for patience. They say it takes 30 days for a habit to form. What perfect work could patience in 30 days, if we commit to patience. Join me in this challenge!

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.