Waiting For the Lord
Waiting For the Lord:
"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Psalms 27:14)
Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes we're running the race at our fastest pace. However, at other times, we need a little refreshment and rejuvenation. This is not to applaud the faster times and degrade the seasons of rest. Rather, each season has its own set of unique benefits and lessons to teach.
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
When planting a garden, the gardener must take into account many different aspects of the ever-changing environment. First, the soil must be tender and nutritious for the developing plant roots. Then, the gardener must take extra care to water and tend to the growing sprout, making certain the leaves receive enough sunlight and fresh air. Lastly, when harvest time comes, the gardener must determine what is best to keep the plant thriving. That is, if the gardener overworks the soil, the plant will grow wearied and will begin to droop.
This is not what our Gardener wants. Our Gardener desires for each one of His plants to exude vibrancy and vitality.
"He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper." (Psalms 1:3)
So, if it feels like God is working slowly in your current season of life, don't be discouraged. I know it's easier to say than to do (believe me, I fall into the trap of discouragement too), but don't let the adversary get the best of you! Trust our good and gracious Gardener! He may be preparing a new crop of soil in which to place you for abounding energy and overflowing joyfulness.
"God is great—everything works together for good for his servant.” I’ll tell the world how great and good you are, I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day." (Psalm 35:27-28 MSG)
Everything works together for the good of God's beloved servants. Everything works together to benefit the Gardener's plants. In plentiful and abundant seasons of harvest and prosperity, God is working for our good. In drier seasons when rain is scarce, He still continues to pour His grace over our thirsty roots. In dark and sorrowful seasons when the sunshine seems to be hidden far away, the glorious Light of His Presence resurrects our saddened and sullen leaves. In every season, He is working on our behalf.
"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)
So take heart my friend! Don't let the entropy of this season disrupt the inner peace of God's Holy Spirit working in you. He has not left, He's not going to leave, and we all can trust in His goodness. No matter the chaos, we can be secured in the knowledge of His pure and gentle heart.
We are free to fearlessly have faith in His faithfulness in this season and every season to come. What a great and marvellous God! Sing praise! Turn to Him and eagerly await the wondrousness He shall exhibit to bless each and every one of us.
-The Introverted Evangelist