Waiting can be so hard.
Especially when I’m looking to God for “now” answers and striving for a happily ever after life.
I wish I could be more patient. More trusting. More willing to persevere. But, honestly, I’ve still got some growing to do in those areas of my life.
Just when I start to make progress, something happens and I find myself back in the Valley of Wait, hoping that this time answers will come quicker and the intermission will be shorter.
Are you in a season of waiting?
Waiting for your marriage to be restored.
Waiting for your finances to improve.
Waiting for your body to heal.
Waiting for a promotion at work.
Waiting for your kids to make wiser choices.
Whatever it is … how are you coping in the Valley of Wait? Do you feel a little isolated, parched or empty?
Last week I was in Israel where I saw a lot of valleys. Some were desolate, dry and hot as blazes. Others were lush, tropical and teeming with life. What created the difference? Water. Or lack there of.
Here is what I’ve discovered:
When I’m not continuously filled with the Living Waters of the Holy Spirit, I can become spiritually dry and desolate.
When I’m not saturating myself in the Living Word of God, I can become parched and empty.
But, even in the Valley of Wait, God is with me. I am never alone and neither are you.
We can experience God’s goodness in the valley.
“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25, (ESV)
We can receive God’s grace in the valley.
“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)
We can be assured of God’s love in the valley.
“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 (ESV)
The more I’m filled with the Living Water and saturated with the Living Word, the more I come to realize this important truth:
I would rather live in the Valley of Wait with Jesus than journey through life on my own.
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