Have you ever gotten excited at a new business idea?
Have you ever had a moment in your life you knew something great was going to happen?
Did you receive a word from God and you are waiting for its manifestation?
There was that time when I was trusting God for admission into the university. After I had some closed doors, there was a school that had a glimmer of hope. I was expecting admission into their remedial program. Certainly with my good grades that wouldn’t be a problem.
Then came the day, we got the news.
Admission board had reviewed the process and decided to pick just ten applicants from my region.
I was devastated.
I remember crumbling to the floor in despair. I told my aunt “Please help me beg God. If there’s anything I’ve done, He should forgive me”.
That’s just one.
But we all face those times when it’s like there’s nothing positive happening. Like waiting on God for a job or the gift of a child or even success in business.
We see others celebrate and ask God quietly, “when will it be my turn to dance?”
I can only imagine how Sarah had felt year after year, with no child of her own. Even after they had received the promise, she had to wait another twenty-five years for it to be fulfilled.
How do we cope with waiting when it feels like our prayers are hitting bronze ceilings.
1. God wants good for you more than you want for yourself
We hear God say in Jer 29:11 GNB
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity ,
and not disaster; plans to bring about the future you hope for.
I love the way the Message Bible puts it
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out -, says the Lord
plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
God has a bigger plan for you than you could ever have for yourself. God’s promises are sure and can be trusted. The maker of the heaven and earth says He’s thinking of you and will bring you the future you hope for. So relax. God’s got this.
2. Our Times are in God’s hands
Many times we get flustered and anxious because of the plans we have set for ourselves. We have set dates and times for each event to happen in our lives. You tell yourself at 18 that at 26 you will be married. So here you are at 28, not married and not even in a relationship and its almost driving you crazy.
Make plans but know that thigs will work out according to God’s perfect timing.
And He is never late. He is always on time.
3. Waiting perfects our faith
We grow in faith when we are stretched.
So every moment where we experience a leanness, this draws us closer to God and helps us trust Him more. Waiting forces us to focus our attention on God. Many times, this is the only way God gets our attention. You get too preoccupied in the hustle of life and hurriedly whisper a prayer to God on your way to work.
When you hit a road block, you learn to tarry in his presence and listen to His voice.
So while you wait, find out what God is calling your attention to and grow your communications with Him.
4. Remember the Past Deliverances
I’m sure you remember one time that God did something really great and wonderful that you were ecstatic about. The Psalmist says, count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. The devil tries to get you focused on what God hasn’t done and leave you in the dumps.
Find something to praise God for. And trust Him to also show up in this case as well.
5. Be the source of Joy for Others
Sadness and depression come when you are focused on what’s not working for you. If you look around, there are people who will be glad to have your problems.
There’s always an opportunity to show kindness to someone.
Be the ray of sunshine for someone else and you’d find that your burden becomes lighter.
That is one of the ways to even overcome low self-esteem as I share in my book I Am.
This won’t last forever. It will soon pass. You will look back and tell your stories to others.
Share this message with your friends. You don’t know who might need this right now.