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While We Wait…

“I trust the Lord God to save me, and I will wait for him to answer my prayer” Micah 7:7

We go through many seasons in our lives, and one of these is the season of waiting while we are going through a certain trial. We want God to answer as soon as possible and feel He has forgotten us if nothing seems to be happening. We must remind ourselves that we are in this season because He is working to cause positive change in our lives.
I have had many seasons of waiting—the time after the passing of my wife 20 years ago, the time after my divorce in a second marriage which was abusive, the ending of a long term romantic relationship last year that hit me very hard.
It has not been easy to wait while He decides whether to bring that relationship, or another one back into my life. During my devotional time I came across the concept of live, learn and serve while I am in this season. Where God showed me my journey is more important than the destination.
That being said I have committed each day to pray the following—
  • Live in the season— accept my present circumstances as necessary and have peace with it. Even go so far as to embrace it as necessary in my life.
  • Learn from the season—change the things that God wants changed that could only happen if I were alone and not distracted by my former relationship.
  • Serve in the season—find ways that I can serve in opportunities that I would not have responded to otherwise.
In the “living”,  I realize that God is committed to rebuilding the needed areas of my life His way, and not mine, He uses these seasons to achieve that change. The idea is having joy in the season, not necessarily for the season.
In the “learning”, He is showing me the sins and habits I need to work on. He has also led me to take on the challenge of reading the New Testament in a year this year—which I have done and I am on schedule! I have never done this before. Being alone has made the time available.
In the “serving”, I have done several prayer walks in my neighborhood, as well as accepted a new role, leading the parking lot ministry at ICC. Both things I probably would not have done before this season.
I am trusting and believing that God will bring me out of this season a new man, who will walk more closely with Him than ever did before. And He may decide that this season will go on for a very long time. If so, He will travel with me and give me the strength I need.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31

ICC Member Bob Toolan


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