Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thoughts on Waiting

Hello Friends! If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here! It's a joy to share a bit of my heart there today! If you'd like to read my devotion, "What To Do In The Wait" click HERE

As I reflected on the words I wrote about waiting, I had a new thought...better yet revisited an old one. There are times I, and you, must wait on God, but I know there are times I've used that as an excuse. So I pray if you're in the waiting room of life my Encouragement Cafe devotion encourages you, but if God is calling you to action may the words below motivate you to take a step of faith. 

From August 2014 - 
A few months back we were in the midst of potty training with our 5th child and there were moments I wondered if it would ever be over! Now that it's behind me, God has been reminding me of a frustrating phrase my little guy used all the time.

For the longest time, Jesse wanted NOTHING to do with potty training. So much so that anytime we mentioned going to the bathroom, he'd simply respond with 2 year old confidence, "I do that tomorrow." After awhile, even Jed, our 4 year old would say, "Today is tomorrow!!"

We've had a child, sometimes two, in diapers for 11 years and I was ready to be done, so my little Jesse man was trying my patience and again proving he is a unique individual. One night in the midst of my frustration, God simply whispered to my heart, "You do that too."

Friend, I didn't even have to ask, "What?" I knew, I'd been telling God the same thing. He'd been leading me to do something and now as that leading, and a few new ones, continue, He's reminding me of progress. Jesse's, not mine. I haven't changed a diaper in over 3 months...once my little guy was ready and made up his mind, potty training really was a breeze.

God has been encouraging me to learn a lesson from my little man...He's telling me I'm ready, now I need to just make up my mind, decide to obey and discipline myself to do it. Friend, we are told to wait upon the Lord - Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength..."and Psalm 27:14 says, "Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." I know waiting can be hard, but I'll be honest and admit sometimes I use that for an excuse.

Two of these "things" God is leading me to do have been confirmed time and again, but yet I wait...not for Him, but me and that philosophy is backwards. I am not to make God wait on me!! And neither are you!

Is there something God is asking you to do? A step He's leading you to take? Please don't respond like me or my son and say, "I'll do that tomorrow." Like my other little guy says, "Today is tomorrow!!" Friend, will you join me in taking action now! Walking in obedience can be scary and hard, but it is good and right and something God always blesses!!

Today let's think about this - "Now listen you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city and spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:13-14

Friend, tomorrow is not guaranteed, so do what you need to do today!!

2 comments:

  1. Jill, I just walked this journey with the Lord a few months ago as I stepped off the Proverbs 31 Speaker Team to take on new responsibilities. It was so hard to step away from something comfortable that I knew I was experienced in and step into two new roles. But once I FINALLY had the courage to say "yes," God has shown me over and over again why, and He has provided for every assignment I have had to do in my new responsibilities. He is so faithful to BLESS OBEDIENCE! Thank you for the affirmation today and the words of encouragement for others who are feeling the call to take a courageous step and are hesitating!

    Love you, friend,

    Wendy

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    1. Wendy, I've heard you say, "God blesses obedience" countless times and I'm grateful you are on the receiving end of that truth! I trust He will use you in BIG ways in your new roles. I also appreciate your transparency in admitting it took time to obey...good to know I'm not the only one!! Love you, too!

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