Waiting on God
2 Thessalonians 3:5 "Now may The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ."
Fickle, impatient. Not how I want to be described or thought of. I would choose many different descriptions for myself. If asked, I'd say, one of my traits is that I am a planner. Not organized, that's different, lol. (Though I am striving for that as well!) I love to plan- my children's birthday parties, our homeschool, grocery shopping, meals, budget/finances, our activities. The list could go on and on, really. Sometimes I like the planning part more than the doing part! So when God has me in a waiting season, I sometimes struggle with patience....and not planning.
To be honest, though, I do sometimes sneak in a little planning. I start with the "what ifs". Different paths that The Lord MIGHT bring us to/down. Kinda ridiculous. Often times God's way is something I never thought of and is always vastly better than anything I had! Recently I was reminded how fickle my emotions and desires can be, especially when I'm doing the "what ifs".
My family and I are currently in a waiting season right now, actually. I think about it often, not always in great detail but general wondering what the Lord is doing and will be doing in our lives. During a recent beautiful drive home from a day trip out of town, God reminded me of how fickle we can be. And He reminded me how He never is.
When we are fickle, He is faithful- Psalm 36:5 - "Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds."
He never changes- Malachi 3:6- "For I am the Lord, I do not change."
He's never surprised, never distressed over what to do, He is perfect and so are His ways- Psalms 18:30- "As for God, His way is perfect."
He has a plan- Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
We just need to remember to be patient and to wait in and on Him. I know I never want my own will, but His. I don't know all the details, can't see what is truly best for me and my family. As followers of Christ, we can be sure that His plan for us is always good and perfect. Even if we can't see all the details or make sense of His ways.