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God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says.
   Everything I need comes from him,
      so why not?
   He’s solid rock under my feet,
      breathing room for my soul,
   An impregnable castle:
      I’m set for life.
  Psalm 62:1-2 (MSG)    

It is not easy to wait but it is a requirement to “birth” any God-given dream.  Rabbits have a gestational period of 33 days and weigh only ounces when born compared to elephants that have a gestational period of 660 days and weigh on average 232 pounds when born –  hundreds of times larger and 20 times longer.  This tells me that the larger the dream, the longer the wait.  Waiting is a very hard thing to do – especially when you feel that you have no more wait left in you and you have been used to doing and accomplishing without God (at least I so believed).  

Going on 3 years ago, God clearly spoke to me through His Word in very supernatural ways something that He was going to do in my life.   In fact, when I first (REALLY) gave my life to Jesus Christ (8 years ago), God spoke to me through  His Word seven times by way of “random” events and people something that he was going to do in my life and I saw it happen just like the verse that He gave me seven times .  I am convinced that these experiences have mirrored each other so that I would have faith to believe the “impossible”.   Well, three years later, I am still waiting.  I recently began to grow weary, doubt, and yes even despair, but God’s Word tells me:

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility He plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!  Hebrews 12:3 (MSG)

The weariness of waiting is nothing compared to the weariness that Jesus experienced.  One of the challenges for me more recently has been not to get bitter because of the wait.  I know that God is doing something in me that can only happen in me through the process of waiting.  God has promised over and over in His Word that He will not forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5, etc.).  In the midst of my waiting, I have intermittently seen God’s hand – confirming that He is still near.  I have done and made some drastic irreversible changes in my life – led by God (so I still believe) to prepare for what God is going to do in my life.  It is pretty hard to wait patiently when your life has been radically altered, but we all must wait for God’s Promise(s).  We are often tempted to make this walk a quid pro quo – “Okay God, I have done what you asked, and now you have to do your part.”  God will do His part because He is true to His Word, not because we strong-arm Him into it.  One of my favorite passages of scripture is:

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens
      and stay on the ground to water the earth.
   They cause the grain to grow,
      producing seed for the farmer
      and bread for the hungry.
 11 It is the same with My word.
      I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
   It will accomplish all I want it to,
      and it will prosper everywhere I send it.   Isaiah 55:10-11  (NLT)

The ONLY thing that I have to hold onto is God’s Word.  I heard someone say once that God will always give you a vision, but he will not tell/show you the path that you will have to take to obtain it.  This makes sense to me.  As we see from the life of King David, he was anointed King by Samuel, but it was many years before he actually became King of Israel.  Had he known all of the trouble that he was going to have in that interim period, he may have told Samuel (and God),  “No thanks!”  But we must endure the hard times and the good times alike with joy.   I am trying to make concerted efforts to praise God in my personal devotional time.  This switches my focus from me to Him and the foundations of why I chose to follow Jesus.  My life (our lives)  have been redeemed and delivered from the bondage of sin so that we can make a difference in the lives of others and have eternal life.   I am daily answering Jesus as Peter did after He asked the twelve if they wanted to leave Him too as many other disciples had done because He told them that they would have to eat His flesh and drink His blood.  Peter responded,  

Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life.     69And we have learned to believe and trust, and [more] we have come to know [surely] that You are the Holy One of God, the Christ (the Anointed One), the Son of the living God.  John 6:68-69 (AMP)

 Are you waiting on God to do something that he promised to you?  Be encouraged, God is true to His Word.   I am convinced just like Peter that God was/is/will be faithful!

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