Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week we have a PI Girl who is helping to encourage those who are weak while waiting on God.
This PI Girl recently contributed a beautiful poem she wrote years ago about waiting on God for “The One,” and when she felt the Holy Spirit tell her to “wait.” She expresses how God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55), and how this poem has encouraged even her to be still and trust in God and His perfect timing (Ecclesiastes 3).
Below is the poem written by PI Girl Manna:
SIT STILL, MY DAUGHTER
He’s asked me to wait, with His wisdom respected
To leave all to Him
But such dreams I’ve collected!
How can His way be better than mine?
A question that doesn’t really make sense
Yet we all think it from time to time
It will become obvious if we just wait and see
And, granted, it’s hard
But perhaps it should be
To just sail through life, given all that we asked for?
No surprises to excite
Just insistence to have more?
Though we don’t like to admit it, God knows what’s best
Sometimes it’s painful
But that’s part of His test
The thought of a test sometimes is frightening
What must I do, or not do?
And answers don’t always come like lightning
To ponder is fine and questions are good
Wait, though, for action
He’ll always reply as only God could.
CONSTANT THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS
PI Girls, there are always so many thoughts in our minds regarding relationships. We think about questions such as: It is important to wait on God? Is there a balance of waiting on God versus being open to His plan and stepping out? Is there really a difference between dating and courtship, and what age should someone be dating or serious about marriage? How long should a person wait? Is there such thing as being too picky?
With all these thoughts and questions, we need to seek Jesus in the midst of the storm and the wilderness, and go to His Holy Word for guidance. We need to ask God to intercede for us; we need to keep knocking and requesting the petitions of our heart like Hannah did (1 Samuel 1), and we need to know that GOD is FAITHFUL. Just as He promised Abraham a son, He will provide for us. No, it isn’t always what we pictured, but God always comes through.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up, and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22: 12-14)
HOW TO WAIT ON THE LORD AND WHY
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
From Joyce Meyer’s blog online, here is a piece of advice on waiting on the Lord:
“We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process. Many people want change, but they don’t want to go through the waiting process. But the truth is, waiting is a given—we are going to wait. The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way? If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God’s way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait. It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). It’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing (James 1:4).”
Joyce also explains how dreams can come to fruition way beyond when we get an initial dream or calling. She says:
“The book of Genesis tells the story of Joseph, who waited many years for the fulfillment of the dream God had given him. He was falsely accused and imprisoned before the time came for him to do what God had shown him he was to do. Exodus 13:17-18 tells us that God led the Israelites the longer, harder way on their journey to the Promised Land because He knew they were not yet ready to go in. There had to be time for their training, and they had to go through some very trying situations. They wasted a lot of time wondering about God’s timing, but God never failed to take care of them and show them what He wanted them to do. The same is true in our lives. It was many years after I received my call from God in February of 1976 before I finally began to see major fulfillment of what God had called me to do. God’s training period simply requires us to do what He tells us to do when He tells us to do it…without questioning or trying to figure everything out.”
PURPOSE IN WAITING
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Remember, PI Girls, waiting on the Lord is never in vain. The Bible says when we wait on God, we actually gain strength. We go to the heights other people don’t experience. We see things in a different viewpoint on the mountaintop of trust with God. No, it’s not easy, but God promises you will NOT grow weary and you WON’T faint (Isaiah 40). Jesus loves you and has great plans for your life. Just trust that God has you in the palm of His hand and that Jesus is interceding on your behalf. God is planning something behind the scenes that you cannot even fathom! (Ephesians 3)
PI Girls, what helps you to trust in God? Do you remember all He has done for you? Write down a praise list when you feel week in waiting. Comment below for prayer requests. Love you all!
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