I cannot begin to remember and count all the different times I have wanted to know how God is working in and through a particular situation and when I will have answers.
Too numerous to count are the times answers did not come on my timetable, but as I have walked longer with the Lord, I have learned more about the process of waiting. Learning about waiting is not an easy or pleasant experience. Instead, it tends to grow into aggravation and frustration and ultimately reveals the impatience in our hearts. Waiting is waiting, and waiting is hard.
Yet, it can be an invaluable teaching and testing tool—one God will use in our lives to grow us in our faith.
When I don’t know what God is doing, what am I doing? I am praying, definitely praying. I am seeking wisdom and guidance through scripture and watching for direction and movement from God. I am learning to trust and I am practicing my faith and I am filled with hope.
What does God do for me while I am waiting? He gives me peace. Suddenly, the questioning and the wondering and the waiting become endurable because He answers my faith and trust and hope with a full indwelling of peace in my heart.
This peace strengthens my resolve for the wait. This is such a great mystery but I have experienced it over and over again.
This peace strengthens me as I continue to seek Him for answers and direction.
Because of this, I now know that answers aren’t everything, but peace is.
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”
– Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
“Lord, I thank You for the peace and calm You offer me when I trust You with uncertain circumstances in my life. Thank You for strengthening me when I don’t have answers but I know You are with me through each and every day…”
In Quiet Places