Maybe this month, your friends are graduating and you aren’t. Perhaps you’re going to wedding after wedding and it seems like the timeline of meeting your husband gets further away by the day. Maybe your peers are having babies or getting their dream jobs and you’re the only one who doesn’t have the things she been praying for.
If that’s you, know that God hasn’t forgotten you, but He also doesn’t want you to forget the process. He doesn’t want you to forget that good things take time and that you are growing day by day, like a tree, but trees do not grow overnight. He doesn’t want you to forget that He is faithful, and you have to trust Him because He knows what He is doing.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. - Psalm 1:3
Hold on and keep being faithful! Don’t allow yourself to become disheartened by the people that seem to keep moving ahead while you’re moving backward. These things are battles in a much greater war that God has already won. So hold onto Him. He is faithful in shaping you and equipping you for the things to come.
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
For all of the waiting: You’re going to be alright. Even on the days of “I’ve had enough” and “I can’t wait any longer,” by the grace of God, you are going to be alright. Everything won’t always work out the way you think it will, but it will always work out according to God’s Will, because it is only what He wills that will last. Find peace in knowing that.
Find peace in Him when you’re meeting new people and you’re unsure what their role in your life is going to be in the future. Find peace in Him when you’re pouring into projects and things you’re passionate about, unsure of what the outcome will look like years down the line. Find peace in Him when it seems like the clock is literally ticking on unanswered your prayers. In all of this, find peace in knowing that God is still here, protecting you and guiding you to where you need to.
None of us have been promised an easy life of getting what we want when we want it, but we have been promised Eternal Life through Jesus, which is far greater and more valuable than anything in this life that we could ever want.
Wear this truth on your heart every single day. Let it shine through your emotions, your actions, and even your facial expressions: “I may be waiting on something, but my God, Who is fully aware and fully capable of all things has remained faithful to me. He always provide me with what I need and I trust Him. I trust His timing and His Word, because He is always faithful in leading me right where I need to be.”
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” - Psalm 91:4
Let His faithfulness shield you from the worry that storms your mind. Let it be what you cling to when it seems that everyone else’s prayers are being answered and you are still waiting. God is faithful and if you know it to be true in your life, praise Him even while waiting. Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean standing around doing nothing. This is the time to faithful to Him, as He has been faithful to you. This is the time to make the most of today because you know He holds your tomorrow.
Or: When You’re Barely Scraping By and You’re Afraid This is All There is.
Here’s what I ate for lunch today: freezer burned Tyson chicken nuggets (they were gross to start with… which is most likely why they’re freezer burned), left over pasta that cost a dollar (and tasted like it was worth a dollar) and some ginger dressing I was afraid would go bad.
I currently don’t have a cell phone because mine stopped working and I haven’t been able to afford a new one.
My guess tank is barely hovering over that hollow “E” for “you’re going to end up on the side of the road soon.”
Meanwhile, I have seen Instagram posts and Facebook updates and Snapchat stories of spring break celebrations and promotions and everything else under the sun.
I got a nail in my tire. Instead of being able to patch it, they had to replace it.
As I was explaining my woes to a near and dear friend, I rushed to explain that I understand I’m blessed.
I flew into the things I’m thankful for: the fact that I did have food on the table, and at least I had other forms of contact, and I had a safe environment, I have a car to drive, etc.
She replied with cool words for the ache deep inside me: “it’s okay to struggle.”
And I suppose that’s the word we’re all so afraid of: struggle. It is not a word neatly tied with a red bow. It is a menacing word with gnashing teeth and strong jaws. It is dark and acrid.
We don’t enjoy struggling.
I’d dare say that we hate struggling.
But it is in our struggle that we are blessed.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Suffering, struggling, produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…
Hope. That’s what I need.
That’s what I need in the midst of this chaotic whorl-wind of to-dos and must haves and bills to be paid.
Is that what you need, too?
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.” Jeremiah 29:11
There it is. There’s that hope we’ve been looking for.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to take care of all of the things that ail you, to heal you, and to breathe life inside of all of those places you’re afraid will never come alive again.”
“I will take care of your finances. Praise me in the meantime.”
“I will heal your broken heart. Praise me in the meantime.”
“I am enough for you.”
He is here with us in our struggle, my dear friend. He knows all about it. And He’s moving mountains and parting seas and healing the blind all to make miracles happen for you. And for me.
We just have to praise Him through our struggling.
And we just have to praise Him when we’re back to killin’ it, too.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11