If we’re honest, we’d admit that we’re all waiting for something. Some of you may be waiting to accomplish a goal that you’ve been working towards for years. Others may be waiting on the right life partner, or direction from God in their lives. The point is that we all know what it’s like to wait, and if we’re honest again, we’d admit that waiting isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be extremely difficult.
For the past three years, I’ve been on a journey with God to become a better version of myself. I asked God to make me “whole”- not in a sense that I wanted to be perfect, but I needed Him to heal me of the emotional wounds that I had been nurturing for years. I asked Him to bring healing to the areas of inadequacy, self-doubt, discouragement, and so many more that were constantly attacking my peace of mind and happiness. At the time, I had been reading the Word, and I knew that the way I had been thinking about myself and my life up to that point was not what God had called me to, so I prayed an intentional prayer and began my journey with the Lord. I told God that as He took me on this journey, I wanted to be healed from these things. Honestly, when I began to walk the path to healing, I didn’t believe that the healing process would happen overnight, but I did believe that it would happen sooner than later.
Fast forward to three years. I’m still on my journey to healing. During this time, there has been tremendous growth. There are areas in my life where I can see the maturity and the healing that God has brought, but there is still a lot of growing that I have to do. There are still areas in my life that I struggle with, and although I wish they’d just magically go away overnight, the Holy Spirit always reminds me that the healing that I desire will come, once I continue to remain in Him (John 15:4).
What are you waiting for in your life right now? What are you relying on the Lord for? Is it to become a better version of yourself like me, and find wholeness and healing? Is it to accomplish that goal you’ve desperately been working towards? I encourage you to wait on the Lord, and trust that He is with you on the journey. Most importantly, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to welcome Him into the journey. He will not only lead you on the right path (Psalm 23:3), but He gives you the strength to finish strong (Philippians 1:6). One thing my own journey has taught me is that God’s ways are not like ours, nor are His thoughts like ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We may not always understand why He doesn’t allow certain things to happen overnight in our lives, but we do know that He is a good Father and He will not withhold anything good from His children (Matthew 7:11).
So, I encourage you to wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will surely strengthen your heart as you continue on your journey (Psalm 27:14). Don’t be discouraged. Don’t give up because it seems as though what you’re believing for is taking too long. Continue to trust God; continue to hold fast to His word and His promises. Continue to wait on the Lord.
This is a piece that I wrote for Becoming Magazine's latest issue. It encouraged my heart after reading it again, and I wanted to share it with you and remind you to wait on the Lord. Check out www.becomingmagazine.org for free access to all of their magazine issues.