29 Sep Patience and Trust in the Storm
This week I am reminded yet again that God’s perfect timing is not mine. It is a frustrating and painful place to be in, yet, if we allow it, it can also be a place of incredible beauty.
Psalm 37: 7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
I have always thought I had a good amount of patience. In everyday situations my level of patience has been on my terms, on my plans. This year has not been how I planned it. Naturally what follows graduating university is getting a job. In reality I haven’t been able to secure paid work, despite searching and applying. As a result my patience and trust has been stretched and strengthened through the tears, stress and heartache of wondering what life was going to be post – university. I have consciously chosen to cling to Jesus as my one constant because even though I have no answers He does in every storm I face.
Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Do you know the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? It tells of a story of a little girl going into the house of the three bears while they were out on a walk. She tasted each bowl of porridge one was too hot, one was too cold but one was just right. Goldilocks was tired after eating the porridge so decided to take a nap, one bed was too hard, one bed was too soft but one bed was just right and she fell asleep.
This tale reminds me of God’s perfect timing in everything. Despite what I thought would be and what it is, Jesus has not forgotten me. When I allow Him to speak into my heart His still, small voice reassuringly whispers “Trust me, trust me, trust me…” over and over again.
Trust me: for a bigger, more beautiful plan than you can even imagine.
Trust me: that I will be there for you always.
Trust me: I know your heart.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
My first blog post New Beginnings was about certain seasons in our lives only lasting for a certain period of time that includes the season of waiting. I don’t know how long it is for each of us in what we hope for but I do know we don’t wait alone, Jesus is there wanting to be a part of every high and low of the waiting season and in fact every season we face. We are so much more than our waiting, I would urge you not to let it consume you. For me it threatened to do just that, but I chose to make this year about more than getting paid work. I set about achieving other aspirations and dreams. These have included learning a language, learning to drive, volunteering, making my health a priority and making new friends. It has been a fulfilling year so far in many ways for mind, body and spirit.
Just like a rain storm has a rainbow I am choosing to see the blessings in the midst of the storm, the good despite remaining in God’s Waiting Room. The song Trust In You by Lauren Daigle perfectly captures trusting in a season of waiting. It is about believing Jesus is working on our behalf behind the scenes, not necessarily giving us everything we want, but ensuring the best for our lives whatever that may be.
“When you don’t move the mountains
I am needing you to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When you don’t give the answers
As I cry out to you
I will trust
I will trust
I will trust in you” – Trust In You.
Jesus wants us to invite him into our place of waiting where He can teach and prepare us for all the beautiful things He has planned for us. We need to trust in His perfect timing for those plans that are not too soon and not too late but just right like the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.