When God says, "Wait."
Here’s the thing about prayer and asking God for things that you want…sometimes, it’s a clear and easy “yes”. Other times, He say’s a very firm “no”. And then for things we want most, they are almost always a, “wait” or “not yet”…which means, “Lauren, have faith that I am working on it.”
In these times of waiting, God is building your faith and your testimony. If He just gave you everything you ever wanted when you asked, you’d wouldn’t have this amazing testimony of perseverance and Faith that you could share to be a beacon of light for others in their time of need!
Remember those really hard things you went through? Or maybe you’re going through them right now?
One of my favorite stories in the Bible when Jesus speaks very directly, is found in Mark chapter 4:35-41. He had been teaching to large crowds, and He decided that He and the 12 should go over to the other side of the lake. They get in and this crazy storm hits. The 12 disciples are literally freaking out. Meanwhile, Jesus is asleep on a cushion. They shout to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?!” He got up and calmed the storm. When everything died down, Jesus said, “why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
I believe that He was saying this because they had seen him do SO MANY MIRACLES. They had seen his love and kindness and how it changed people. They had watched his followers turn from a few to thousands. After witnessing all that, HOW could they still have so little faith through the storm?
For me, I want to have the kind of faith that Jesus has. Faith strong enough to be so calm during a figurative or literal storm, that I could sleep.
You must have faith that Jesus will calm your waves and your storm. He will always bring you safely to the other side.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Did you catch that? “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” It’s all in God’s perfect timing. If you are asking, and God keeps telling you, “wait a little longer,” it is because you are not ready yet.
I do consider it a joy. I thank God all the time for everything I have been through. I wouldn’t have everything I have now without it. It was Faith. Faith and prayer that one day, I would come out on the other side of the stormy lake. Let me tell you, I have and it’s beautiful over here.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” -Luke 1:45
Anyway, God finally gave me a “yes” 😊 I’ll share about it soon.