I wanted to share a portion of an article written by Joyce Meyer regarding how to wait on God. I know it's something I need to be reminded of consistently...
Two Ways to Wait
Expect It to Happen
Be Eager with Faith
When we are young, we are taught to look at the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How in order to find solutions. Most (or all) of these areas become huge question marks during our young years. Most of the obvious facts are missing during times when we are trying to plan for our future and figure out what path to take.
Who will I marry? Who should I be friends with? Who should I listen to? Who is truly wise?
What should I do with my life? What college? What major? What job?
When should I go? When should I stay? When should I commit? When should I let go? When should I trust? When should I invest? When should I steer clear? When should I be realistic? When should take risks? When should I accept help? When should I be independent? When should I give? When should I save?
Where should I be going? Where does God want me to be? Where do I want to be? Where do my parents want me to be?
Why? **insert any question here regarding past, present or future. Why now? Why me? Why did God allow this?
How do I get to where I want to be? How do I know where God wants me to be? How do I decide? How do I, and should I, prioritize? How will I afford this? How do I do this?
I feel as though many of the questions that I face on a daily basis hinge on the When.
I may not know what exactly or where I need to be, why I'm there or how to do something, but I typically have an easier time trusting God to direct my steps in those areas. Perhaps it's because I can see God's provision when it comes to people and places and things, but not so much when it comes to His timing.
How do we prepare for the unknown? How do we plan for things when we can't see the end goal? How do we know if the path we've chosen is right if we can't see the end result?
We just do.
We get out of bed every day. We work hard. We do our best. We learn to say no to things that we know will hurt us and yes to those that help us grow. We pray that God helps us distinguish between the two. We are good stewards of the things we've been given. We don't compare ourselves to others. We keep our options open. We investigate opportunities and pray that God closes the doors we aren't supposed to walk through. We keep an attitude of thanks and focus on being content with what we have today, this moment.
Easy to say. Hard to live by. One of the keys though is prayer. We may not be able to entirely trust our decision making skills, given the many missing facts, but we simply have to trust that if we are constantly in prayer, God is entirely capable of directing our hearts and minds.
My prayers typically go something like this...
Please God, help my heart and my mind to become more in tune with you. Help me to not let my emotions discourage me. Help me to feel strong. Help me seek what you want for me and let go of the things that you don't want. Help me to wait on your timing and truly trust in it's perfection.