Ephesians 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us
Hard does not describe the difficulty of waiting on the promises of GOD over many years. I have personally experienced the oftentimes excruciating pain of continuing to believe GOD. For example, I know He has given Corey and I specific promises with multiple confirmations, but it has been hard to believe here in the valley. I know that there is a table set before me in the presence of my enemies. There is light at the end of the tunnel. But it is so hard to continue being patient, to continue believing. This is because I can’t see it right now. It is dark. It seems like it may never happen when I look at the natural. I have people surrounding me telling me it is going to happen, but it is still difficult.
I have to keep my head up relying on GOD’s grace and His patience. I have to believe His Word which says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His Word says that I am more than an overcomer. His Word says that He will never leave me nor forsake me. His Word says there will be none barren among us. His Word says that I will have rest. His Word says that none of my enemies will stand before me. His Word says that every good thing He has spoken to me will not fail, it will come to pass. I have to believe even in this hard, dark place. I have to look beyond what I can see in the natural and put my trust in Him!
He is worthy of my faith and trust. He is worthy of me continuing to move on, to believe what he said. I have to have faith that He is a good GOD even when I go through difficulty and I will praise Him through the pain, through the challenges, when I want to give up I will praise Him instead of trying to figure it all out. I will continue to use the resources He has given me by faith and I will move on by faith. I will enjoy my life and walk in victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
That is literally an excerpt from a journal entry I had about a month ago and I’ve been prodded to share some of my story with you. This is because, in reality, no matter how mature we are, no matter how much we Act like we have it all together, no matter how much we put on a Front for everyone else most of us are in actuality like King David before he was a king. We are struggling, we are weak, we are hungry, we are afraid, we doubt GOD at times and we want answers to why we have to wait. We experience the feelings of anger, frustration, confusion and loss.
It’s so important that we as leaders share our story so others are not sitting around thinking they have to be perfect and never struggle. But in our society we see this as weakness instead of vulnerability. The Good News is that Jesus died so that in our weakness He is made strong, not when we look like we are perfect people with no issues. This is instead pride and self righteousness. Therefore, I encourage you today to put your burdens on Him, own your story and let go of self pity. It is your strength that gives you the vulnerability and boldness it takes to be honest in the midst of lions- that may reject you. This is truth courage.
Have you have had to believe GOD for something that seemed like it would never happen? Do the promises of GOD seemed delayed or impossible? I know there are many people waiting on a promised husband and it is painful to go to weddings, watch your friends get married and see others so seemingly happy. I know there are many women waiting on a child, in shock, in dismay, in unbelief that they could be barren as they visit baby showers, see their friends baby pictures and see images of babies everywhere. There is a constant reminder of their struggle. I know there are others waiting on peace, joy and prosperity. This internal wait is just as hard as waiting on finances or promised tangible gifts. But you can overcome even in this dark, oftentimes secret place by casting every care on Him for He cares for you. Don’t ever give up on Hope. He’s got you!
Tip: Create a support team around you for prayer, encouragement and Godly wisdom. When you want to give up and even when you are feeling fine, reach out to this team for strength. You can and will overcome.
Here’s a Recent Pic of me Elegantly Waiting. You can do this as well: