Aren’t we all waiting for something? A job. A college acceptance. The perfect boyfriend. A proposal. A wedding date. A baby. And so the list goes on. So often, we live one step ahead waiting on God to show up and deliver exactly what we are hoping and praying for. But let me tell you my friends, you are missing out on so much that God has to say when you wish away the waiting.
"Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.”
Yes, waiting sucks. I am the first to admit that. We have been waiting for God to bring us a baby for 3 years now. Is it fun? No. But there is purpose in this time. Many times, it’s during the waiting period that God reveals to us our purpose in life. That’s what happened to me. I had my dream job. I had all the perks you could possibly imagine. The money was good. Life was pretty easy. You see, it’s during the times when life is easy that it is the hardest to lean on God. Because we all think we’ve got it under control. But then, it was all ripped from me. Bring on unemployment and infertility all at once. Earth shattering, I know. But let me tell you…. That is when God birthed this beautiful place we call Scarlet & Gold. And this business is nothing short of my purpose on this planet. To use my gifts and strengths to further His Kingdom.
I would have despaired unless I had believed that
I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27: 13-14
Not everyone gets to say that they wake up every single day and can visibly see the impact they are making for the Kingdom. Not many can say they are fulfilled at work. Or that they hate being away from the office because they feel like they are missing out. And that is what this place is and how every single one of my girls feel about it. And it has nothing to do with me. It’s because Jesus is here every single day. And He is moving through what we are doing. Wow. That’s some powerful stuff and a heavy burden to steward well.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5: 3-5
I had full intentions of starting my series on waiting on God last week but then I was in bed sick with 101 fever for 5 days. Talk about waiting on God. I was ready to hit the ground running after such a long time off but God had different plans. He wanted me to just be still and spend alone time with Him as we prepare for 2016. And as terrible as I felt, I am grateful for that time.
So whatever you are waiting for, know there is purpose in it. Search for it. Pray for God to show it to you. Don’t miss out on experiencing Jesus now because you are hoping for the next step. There is beauty and growth and an impact to be made right now. There is purpose in your season of waiting. Will you find it or will you run from it? Will you seek Jesus’ face until He shows you or will you let fear win?
Let’s make big waves in 2016. Are you with me?
Lots of love,