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A Season of Waiting
Christina Olivas - April 7, 2017
Devotional

I’ve been in a season of waiting for quite some time now. It began a about a year and a half ago that the Lord began this season in my life. We all know that God has a purpose for us, a dream for our lives. The question is; What do we do while we are waiting for that dream to come true?

Even though we might be in a season of waiting, God will still use this time to test our faith, to build character and endurance. Romans 5:3-4 says “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulations produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Just because we are in a season of waiting doesn’t mean that nothing is happening, but on the contrary God is at work; He is doing things in our lives that are changing us into the person that we need to be in order to receive His promises.

A lot has happened in my season of waiting. Changes in my employment status, my marital status and the biggest one of them all was becoming a mom to a beautiful baby girl. Some were good moments and some were bad, but I never would’ve gotten here without the guidance and strength from God to make those choices and to trust that He has a plan for this. God uses these moments, those circumstances to test my faith and to get me to draw near to Him. To rely on Him completely. Surrendering all that I was counting on in this world. He wants me to count on Him!

Throughout this season of waiting I’ve kept a verse in mind, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts I Think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I memorized this verse, I kept it in my head, engraved in my heart. I would scribble it over and over again, I would draw it, journal it and I would say it out loud.

It served as a reminder to hold on to His promises, that no matter what was happening or not happening at the moment; that He has a plan, a good plan for my life.

I was also lead to 2 Corinthians 4:17 while searching for peace and comfort. It says “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Meaning, God’s purpose is far greater than our problems and our pain. We have to remember that He has the bigger picture. We might not know what He is going to do next in our lives but we have to trust that it is going to be good! Remember who He is; He is our creator and He loves us. He wants good things for us. Take hold of His promises and do not let them go, they will encourage you to keep waiting and to not give up hope.