Around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.’
Romans 8:22-25 (MSG)
Have you ever found yourself waiting for something?
I’m not talking about waiting in the home affairs queue (Lord help us)or waiting for your spouse to get ready for church? I’m talking about WAITING, as in A DELAY. The space between. That middle zone.
The times where we wait on a dream, a vision, a picture, a preferred future or a promise. SEASONS OF WAITING. Those moments in life where things seem to be lying dormant under the ground and we find ourselves longing for the fruit to appear.
Waiting on a promise from God himself.
Waiting for the right partner to come your way.
Waiting on that child you’ve longed for.
Waiting on that promotion that you believe is imminent.
Waiting on the breakthrough in your family, in your health and in your finances.
It took 23 years between David’s anointing as King, and his appointment as King. David waited with an upright posture of trust, a stance of surrender and an attitude of humility. He didn’t leave his sheep to walk into Kingship. He humbly served with a heart after God’s presence and God took him through the battles to the throne – in his timing. One thing I know to be true: whatever your plans and timeline may be, He will always exceed them. He isn’t a distant God withholding good things from you – in your season of waiting, He’s closer than you know. He is working out the very God dreams of your heart. He prepares us in the waiting; pulling us closer and teaching us His ways. Breathing life into our souls and hope into our hearts.
God often gives us a mission bigger than we could ever anticipate. David wasn’t put out by his season – he wasn’t waiting for a title – he was waiting for a task. And when it came he said yes. When we understand that we are enlarged in the waiting, we find passion for the purpose and a perspective of victory. With this understanding comes every freedom He so intends for us – freedom from fear, anxiety, striving. We can expect God to come through for us. Rest in this waiting – for your battle is already won and your story written: it always ends in His victory. He longs to see you grow into who he’s called you to be, to be enlarged in the waiting, filled with a passionate expectation for all that is to come.
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