Living in The Wait
I believe the hardest part of living is in the wait of a prayer sent out.
I believe faith and trust in God in that hard wait is what we are called to learn – and in that learning – I find myself leaning in to the one who is working things out, fighting the battle, whether it is cancer, heart valves, or viruses, beloved prodigals, my own brokenness, a country in disarray.
I believe God is fighting a battle right now, though I don’t see the details of the battle. I believe, though I don’t see.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1.
So, in this time of chaos in our country, I am going to lean in to the One who fights the battles of those who love Him.
“But Moses told the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; You need only to be still.” ~ Exodus 14:1
I trust that God’s hand of favor and protection is on the man who stands with Israel.
Despair is not for the child of God.
When Despair creeps into our line of vision, we must latch our soul eyes onto the Father who is yet fighting and not waiver in our trust and faith.
I imagine Aaron and Hur felt much the same way long ago at the Battle of Rephidim.
“So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. . . .and Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner.” (Exodus 17:10-15)
What did Aaron and Hur feel? Overwhelmed? Fierce Hope? What did they feel more: Faith in “The Win” or “Faith in God for The Win?” What did their wives, daughters and children feel – those who weren’t there to see the details of the battle? Did they wait with confident assurance that with God all would be well?
Today, I am thankful for the the challenges faced in the past where God taught me, coached me to trust, to lean in to Him,to trust Him as The Best Father, to be still and know that He has an all-is-well plan – for the chaos of this season and the challenges of tomorrow.
Worry, my friends, is the trumpet call to prayer! Be Aaron. Be Hur. Life our embattled country up in prayer, embattled friends walking through big and little health challenges, the prodigals who need to return to the Father, the broken places inside of ourselves.
“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.” ~ Deut. 3:22
Remember Me Monday: #22 & Linky
“I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings,
all the things God has done that need praising,
All the generous bounties of God,
his great goodness to the family of Israel—
~ Isaiah 63:7, The Message
In the Old Testament, God repeatedly, quietly and loudly, tells his children, “You have forgotten me!” (Jeremiah 3:32, Ezekiel 22:12, to name a few). It’s a heart cry from a father to a child who has forgotten all the love, all the saving, helping, little and big blessings – and it leaves me stunned when I realize our Father, the creator of the universe, who knows things I cannot begin to fathom, who authors storylines that leave me amazed, delights in all of us so much, He cries out, “Remember Me.”
While every day is a Remember God Day, I am inviting you to join me on Monday mornings to come by and remember what God has done for you, for your family. Maybe God sent a cardinal darting out in front of you, as if to tell you, “I’m here,” or broke a child’s fever after you laid it all down at His feet in a 2 a.m. bedside vigil. Maybe He stood with you in the wait of a prayer sent out, or brought someone you loved to Christ. Maybe He healed your broken heart, gave your courage, or you gave Him your dreams as a love offering only to have Him give them back in an unimaginable way. Maybe God helped you survive to bedtime after a crazy Monday, or forgive yourself for missing it with your kiddos –– Whatever it is, let’s Remember Him. . . in a “Remember Me Monday” love letter.
“My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
Of your salvation all the day long,
Though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord”
~ Psalm 71:15-16.
Let us delight in Him by telling the stories of what He’s done! If you wrote a blog post remembering what He’s done for you, join the linky. If you didn’t but still want to praise Him for what He’s done – write it in the comment section. Then visit a comment before or after yours! One of the beautiful things about the blogging community is the relationships it builds!
Rules? Write long or short, a list or a story, include photos or not. Just Remember Him and what He has done, and let the gratitude of your heart guide you. Let’s make Monday so Rejoice, that the goodness of God spills into the rest of the week!
Places I’m Linking at This Week:
Inspire Me Monday, Grace & Truth,
Purposeful Faith, Tell His Story,
https://welcomeheart.com/blog, Worth Beyond Rubies,
Share a Link Wednesday, Let’s Have Coffee,
Grace and Truth, Faith on Fire,
Amen! A good word, Mary Leigh, for those of us concerned for our country and also seeing their loved ones facing health crises. God is good – even when we have to wait.
Jerralea, I am so glad God has got the All is Well (2 Kings 4:26) plan! Thanks so much for joining in Remembering God today with me!
Some people in the Bible had such long waits–Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for their promised son, Joseph waited in slavery and then prison in Egypt for years, the children os Israel were slaves in Egypt for 400 years, in exile for 70 years, and without any new word from the Lord for another 400 years between the Old and New Testaments. That helps remind me that waiting is a part of life, and God’s timing is perfect. Our church read through most of the prophets this year, and it was encouraging that whether the ruler was good or bad, God was at work. I trust and pray He is today as well.
Yes! God’s timing is not ours – trusting Him in every wait! What a timely bible study, Barbara! Thanks so much for coming by!
Such a good word, MAryleigh. I’;; be thinking on this today >> “We must latch our soul eyes onto the Father who is yet fighting and not waiver in our trust and faith.” Amen!
If our eyes are on Him – All is Well! Thanks Joanne for stopping by. Keeping my eyes on Him this week along with you! ~ Maryleigh
Having trouble at time not feeling despair. Really trying to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving to chase it away.
Despair is such an apt word for how challenges can feel when we take our eyes off God! When my husband went through the heart-valve and lung cancer challenge a few years ago, keeping my eyes on God keep my soul at peace and trusting that God had the All is Well plan! Praying for you this week! ~ Maryleigh
God’s timing is always perfect. Waiting is so very hard for us humans but God is always working in the background. The waiting in the meantime is where our faith, trust & hope in our heavenly Father are tested. Good word Maryleigh.
Tested and strengthened, Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by – Wednesday – I’m making tea and strawberry cake! I need a tea savoring moment! ~ Maryleigh
It’s not easy to be content when we feel as if maybe, just maybe, God has made a mistake in the way he organizes our lives, our trials, or our universe. But prayer is always the best response!