We live in an immediate culture. If you’re hungry, you can go through a drive-through and have a hot meal in under five minutes, or simply heat something up in your microwave for thirty seconds and you’re good to go. If you want to buy something online, you can have it shipped to you overnight. If you want a piece of information, Google is at your fingertips.
What has this taught us? That if we want something, we have the tools we need to get it as soon as possible.
Gone are the days where you had to go to a library and read an encyclopedia in order to find out the random fact you were pondering earlier that day!
I bet some of you reading this don’t even remember what the world was like before the internet and smartphones!
In this beautiful time that the church is in I’ve noticed that sometimes even we can succumb to expecting immediacy when it comes to praying for healing and asking God for miracles.
I think it’s a beautiful problem to have—the fact that we’ve learned to pray, believe God for a healing, and see Him do it right there in front of our very eyes—but have we learned to manage ourselves in the midst of favor, a culture of revival, and seeing miracles increase when we don’t see a prayer immediately answered?
The truth is that we don’t always get what we want exactly when we want it. We must choose to believe God for miracles even when we’re not seeing them happen immediately, and base our faith on God’s character over the emotions that may come in the waiting.
Do you know how to pray and not lose heart while you persevere for your breakthrough? I want to encourage you to align your spirit with who God says He is, and speak that over the mountain you’re facing today.
I’ve learned firsthand that love and waiting go hand in hand. In fact, waiting is one of the most important aspects of a relationship.
If you are in a season of waiting, I want to take some time to encourage you. I have been there and know the pain you are feeling. Here are 5 things to remember while you’re waiting for a miracle:
Worrying while waiting is not going to get you anywhere.
Take this time to rest and wait for the lesson God is teaching you. It is a valuable one that will change your life, but you have to be resting to receive it.
We cannot grow if we do not stop and listen. Many of our poor decisions come from not listening well.
Take this period of waiting as the perfect opportunity to truly listen to the voice of the Lord.
#3: HANG ON TIGHT
When you think you cannot wait another day, hang in there.
As I waited in my state of depression, I clung tightly to the hope only Jesus gives.
My entire world was falling apart, and yet, I gained perspective from clinging to my faith.
#4: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP.
Take the time to see health professionals if needed.
Let your friends and your family help.
Accept that at this period of waiting, you may need more help from others than normal, and that is ok.
#5: FIND JOY WHEREVER YOU CAN FIND IT.
When I was in my worst state of depression, I found joy in the ten minutes I was able to play with my children.
I relished in their sweet smell and innocent smile.
Even though the joy at this time was fleeting, it brought joy to my life that eventually helped me to pull through.
ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE BIBLE
Psalm 25 is a Psalm of despair penned by David.
David is waiting for God. In this Psalm, we see David cry out for three things: guidance, companionship, and a watchful eye.
These were the three things I longed for as well.
I needed God to guide me. It was so dark in this period of my life that I needed to seek guidance. There is always the temptation to run, but in this instance, I sought His guidance.
I needed companionship like I needed air. I needed a friendship like never before. I needed the relationship of my Heavenly Father to be my comfort and light.
Finally, I needed a watchful eye. Someone to protect me and remind me that I am loved by God and others. I did not have to wait alone.
The same is true for Habakkuk.
Habakkuk was waiting to hear from the Lord. He was looking to see what God had to say to him. And he had to wait.
I take comfort in this story. Waiting is not always a bad thing. Even though it can be painful, there can be lots of growth.
“I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says.” Habakkuk 2:1
If you are in a time of “waiting”, I pray that you will see the growth that is happening, and find rest while you wait.