Healing in the Waiting
Sometimes life is easy. You are skating right through & everything seems to be going just perfect, but somewhere you run into a small speed bump & it trips you up. You can be prayed up, watching ahead to your future & see what’s coming from a distance, so that gives you a chance to slow down & take that speed bump slow & easy so that you can get to the other side of it without an injury. OR…..You can only be looking at what’s right directly in front of you, enjoying the fast ride not thinking about what the future could hold & out of nowhere you hit that speed bump. You go flying through the air & land face first with injury & pain. That injury could take a while to heal. It may be tough. You could accidentally bump the scab. You could purposefully pick at the scab, because you don’t like how it looks or feels. The problem is once that scab is broken or pulled off, it takes longer to heal. The scar may be deeper & the pain is back. If we let the scab heal & we are patient & wait, it will slowly heal. It might be ugly, but in time it will fall off & you will only be left with a scar. That scar will start to fade over the years. But that scar can be used to remind you of what not to do again. Injuries like this are much like life as we learn to take it easy & allow ourselves to heal & learn from our experiences.
The bible tells us some things about waiting on God’s timing. Oh how difficult that can be. We see what we want & what we like. We think that if God brought it into our lives, that it must be for us to keep. It must be forever. But sometimes God brings things & people into our lives to learn from. And sometimes it’s temporary. As I was typing this, I took a minute to look at Pinterest. The very first pin that I saw said this, “Everything that God allows to come our way is always with a purpose. He uses even the greatest error and deepest pain to mold us into a better person.” WOW! That’s just what this article needed. Another great one that I read was “ His timing, not mine.” Or how about this one, “He heard you. Just be patient.” These quotes could go on for days. My daughter has been seeing them everywhere for the past month or so. Never for sure realizing that maybe they were all put there just for her. She has been in the waiting for all of that time all the while trying to make it work. I keep thinking about the expression “You can’t force a square peg into a round hole.” And that’s true. You can’t force things to happen in life. But being aware of your surroundings & watching out for the future is so important. Sometimes we want so badly for something to be just right. For something to work out like we think it should be. But sometimes what looks so shiny & perfect on the outside, may be rotten on the inside. Like a fruit that looks so sweet & yummy & then you bite into it & it’s rotten inside. And you realize that it’s gross & you wish that you could undo what you had just done by taking that bite.
As I look up the word wait in the bible it brings up a lot of scriptures. I’m going to share a few:
Psalms 27:14- Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave & courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Numbers 9:8- Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.”
Job 32:16- Should I continue to wait, now that you are silent? Must I also remain silent?
Psalms 62:5- Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
Romans 8:25- But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.
Wait!!!! The bible tells us to wait! Oh boy, that is SO HARD! Patience takes so much discipline. The only way that we can follow through with that is to trust in God to help us. Broken hearts might happen & you ask God why. He might be teaching you a lesson. Maybe that lesson is patience. You feel broken, abandoned & you feel like “What did I do to deserve this?” or “Why am I going through this?” Have you every stepped back to think that just maybe God is stripping us of the things that are holding us back so that we can fully depend on him. Maybe these things that you have been tied to has been pulling you further from God. Maybe this thing or this person is taking you in a direction in your life that God didn’t intend. So, he takes it from you so that you would come back to him, depend on & trust in him fully. Proverbs 25:19 tells us this: “Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.” Wow! So who is reliable? God! That’s just showing us that the only person that is 100% reliable is God. So when we are waiting & hurting, who should we rely on? GOD! My very favorite bible verse is 1 Peter 5:7. It says “Give all your worries & cares to God for he cares about you.”
You cannot expect to heal in a day. And sometimes that healing is ROUGH! It can be heartbreaking when God is being silent. When you feel like your hope is lost & your heart is in little tiny pieces & it can’t be put back together because it’s shattered……sometimes God is silent. He’s silent because he has told you over & over again to trust him & wait on him. He’s testing you to see if you are truly going to trust him to take care of it. He knows what’s best for you. Maybe it’s a relationship that God has put on hold. Because God is telling you it’s not the person or it’s not the time. Just maybe God is wanting you to draw close to him without any distractions so that he can direct your life the way that will be best for you to glorify him & when the time is right & if that person is right, he will bring them back around.
I’m trying to be obedient, patient & wait. That’s difficult to do sometimes. But as a parent, you try to teach your kids that, so you have to be that example to them. How do you tell your baby girl that the sweet talking boy that has won her heart is just maybe not who God wants for her? How do you tell her that he may be putting a distance between her & God? He may be everything she’s ever wanted, but God repeatedly has told her this same single word: WAIT! God has constantly told her the time isn’t right & has showed her that she deserves more. Sometimes we hear his voice, but we have to determine if we are willing to listen to what he has to say. We have to show self discipline, and we have to trust in God. During this time of waiting & trusting we find our healing. This will take patience. But in time, God will slowly take the pieces of your broken heart & mold them back into shape the way that he wants it to be. And there will be HEALING IN THE WAITING!