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Waiting on God

 

I wish I could tell you that I’ve mastered being patient, but the truth is I’m still a work in progress…

Lately, God has been slowing me down and revealing to me that there’s no need to rush. Our lives were never created to be about living from one big moment to the next. God desires us to find pleasure and His glory even in what we may feel is mundane.

 There’s beauty in experiencing all that’s around you. There’s beauty in the in between moments. The moments where you’re living between where you are and where you want to be. There’s even beauty in that. There’s beauty in the waiting, there’s beauty in the moments before the shift and we have no reason to fear. We don’t have to be afraid of the in between moments or the what if’s. “What if this doesn’t happen? Or what if this DOES happen?” God doesn’t want us living in fear, fearing the worst outcome, He wants us to simply enjoy the journey. He wants us to be hopeful, expectant and peaceful while we wait for what HE will do in us and through us. 

I think a lot of times we get stuck thinking that our lives are not complete until we reach this one moment. But that’s simply not true. While it’s perfectly fine for us to desire those moments, our true fulfillment should only come from Jesus. He completely satisfies us, not moments. In the moments where I’ve completely saturated myself with what’s to come, I’ve lost sight of the true joy I find in just being with God. Having an unhealthy obsession with a moment is not a fun place to live in and it’s draining. 

Maybe you’re like, “I know Jesus is my everything…I love Him…I just want this moment to happen already!” And I would say to you, I get it. 

But I want to ask you this question: If that moment never happened, would you still love Jesus the same? 

If you never graduated, if you never got that husband you’ve been desiring, if you didn’t get to start that business, would you still live for Him and trust Him to lead you along the best pathway? 

Trust me, I know it’s a tough question. But when it comes down to having faith strong enough to say I’ll love you Jesus even IF it doesn’t happen, we will meet face to face with the root of our faith. Everything seems to be exposed…especially everything in our hearts. The root of our faith can either be connected to Jesus or another source. We have to be careful to stay connected to our Heavenly Father even in the midst of waiting. He is our only source, and outside of Him we can’t do anything (even walking successfully into those moments) (John 15:5). 

I had to face this question when Holy Spirit asked me. He asked if I would give up being on the worship team at my church, delete my blog & so many other things just to be with Him. I knew He wasn’t saying those things had to happen, but He was checking to see where my hope is. But what if He did ask me, would I surrender it all? Would you surrender it all? My heart was completely exposed, but I needed this heart check. In fact, at times we all need this heart check to refocus on Him. After some thought, a few tears, I gladly said, “yes Jesus, I’ll live for you and love you the same!” Trust me, sometimes surrender isn’t easy, but it’s worth it! 

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT 

I want you to know that God delights in every detail of our lives, especially fulfilling promises He’s given to us. But notice this verse says that He delights in every area of our lives. This means, even the moments we dread, like the waiting or the work we have to do before the harvest season comes. He delights in ALL of it. 

So, if HE delights in every area of our lives, shouldn’t we do the same? Shouldn’t we enjoy the beauty of the life God has given us? Even in hard seasons, there’s an opportunity to have joy as the scripture says. (James 1:2) We don’t always have to be in a “good” season to enjoy our lives. There’s so much for you to see in your life that you may be missing by being focused on this one moment. I want to encourage you to be present in your life, no matter what you’re waiting for. Sis, your life is beautiful and full of purpose don’t let anything or anyone tell you otherwise. 

Fear is the biggest thing we will face in the in between moments. Fear births being impatient and so many other things. But I want you to know that there’s no reason to fear. Don’t compromise in the waiting because of fear; waiting is always best because Jesus always leads us to His best. Lift up your head again sis and be courageous in the waiting. Your waiting is not in vain. He’s with you and as you delight in Him, He will fulfill those things in due season.  Trust Him and walk moment by moment with Him. He always doing something new, keep leaning into His loving arms. 

Let’s start to enjoy our lives again. First by receiving all our strength, peace and total fulfillment from Jesus. Then, let’s venture and see what plans He has for us right now. There’s things to do right now. Like, let’s do this life thing!

So, what does that look like to enjoy your season completely? Well, it’s different for everyone, but here are a few examples: 

Show up to your job with a new outfit that you’ve never worn before, start that blog, road trip somewhere, look for new ways to enjoy your classes at school, go hang out with some new friends, text your current friends back (lol) get to know people, take a walk at a new place, adventure out with your family. Leave some of your ideas below and let’s do it! There’s SO much for us to see and do in the in between. Don’t miss out on your life waiting on a moment – instead create moments and enjoy the journey. After all, aren’t we always on a journey? You might as well start living now and trust your Good Shepard along the way. It’s worth it. 

 

With love,

 

 

Jasmine Morris 

I know what waiting is all about. Trust me. I’ve had to wait on the Lord many many times before and I know how it’s tempting to fear, be anxious or run ahead of God. And believe me, it’s still a fight for me to trust God completely and depend solely on Him. But each time fear is present and the thought of running ahead of Him is present I always think–what’s it really going to do? Like, what is me running ahead of God going to do? Well, based on the past, I’ve gotten myself into a lot of sticky situations both physically, financially and most importantly spiritually by running ahead of God. Or if I stand still and choose not to obey Him in what He is currently saying, I may miss out on what He has for me. Or I could turn back, turn back to my old ways, but is that really worth it? Absolutely not. Waiting on the Lord is always best. In fact, scripture tells us here:

Isaiah 40:31 ESV

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.

Psalm 27:13-14

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Just as I was writing this section, the Lord spoke to me and said, “the reason why people turn away or choose to stop waiting is because of time.” They allow time to change their hearts. It grieves Me to know they lose sight of who I Am in the waiting…”

Just so you know, my purpose is to not take away from what you’re waiting for. For some of us, we are in need of some incredibly big answers from the Lord. But I simply want to encourage you to wait BECAUSE the Lord is for you. And when someone is for you and not against you, they plan only good things for you. That’s exactly what God is doing, He’s aligning you, preparing you and equipping you for what GOOD plans He has for you. We have to stop looking at the time and start looking at Jesus and keep our eyes on Him. 

I keep sensing in my spirit that a lot of you are planning on giving up. Meaning, you’ve already planned how you’d give up because of the waiting. And here’s what I say to that: To not wait on the Lord is to not receive what He has for you. And I know that deep down inside you don’t want to give up, you’re just tired and you want breakthrough. God has not forgotten you. I know what you see, I know what you’ve heard, but God has not abandoned you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) 

It’s always worth the wait.

In the waiting, the enemy would love nothing more, but to try and get you to go right back to your past. The enemy wants you to destroy your life so that you don’t walk in the fullness of what God has for you. Or, he tries to attempt to fill you with guilt and condemnation. 

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

Galatians‬ ‭6:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It’s always worth the wait. 

Maybe it’s been months, maybe even years since you’ve been believing for this desire or promise to be fulfilled. Your frustration has caused you to ask the question….why? Why is this my story? God why? 

Mary, the mother of Jesus had never had sex before. In fact the Bible says she said,

“But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:29-35‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So we see here that just as Mary is about to get married (remember she was engaged) the Lord tells her, you will have a child. But how can that be? Especially because Mary’s stomach was flat with no baby in sight and engaged. But even with her question and maybe a little bit of shock, she responded and said:

 “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I believe that God has given you who is reading this a picture of what He’s called you to. I believe there’s some future doctors, teachers, worship leaders, preachers, speakers, wives, mothers, dancers, you name it reading this exact blog. And God didn’t just place that desire in you for nothing, He’s going to fulfill it in due season. 

And while I believe there are some very powerful people reading this blog, I also believe that you don’t truly believe what God has spoken to you because time as passed.

“When you can’t see it, hold fast to the Word God gave you, because when God speaks, it will happen.” 

Everything God speaks is final, so in the midst of your waiting, there’s no reason for fear or anxiety because God’s Word is final. That is why, when God speaks to us we can respond with praise and adoration because in time it will happen. The deal was done for Mary, she accepted what God was doing in and through her even though it made no sense. She said yes to her Heavenly Father having His way in her and in turn she got to see a prophecy fulfilled. 

Do you want to see God’s plans come to pass in your life? If so, then you’ll have to wait. Each of us, as believers in Christ have to wait on the Lord at some point. And it’s not just waiting, waiting, waiting, God wants us to prepare in the waiting. He wants us to be good stewards over where we already are while we wait. 

I’m currently in a season of waiting and though I have tough days, I also realize that I’m apart of a bigger picture. And I realize that if I’m going to wait, I’m going to make the most of my days. The waiting becomes a lot lighter and easier when you start to just focus on your current season. Waiting can actually be enjoyed believe it or not. 

But I do realize that waiting can be heavy for those believing for something that you’ve lost. But I believe God spoke so tenderly to that group of us who may feel forgotten in that way…

The Lord said, “I never take away anything without replacing it.”

The Lord knows our hearts. He knows each one of you. He’s not going to hide Himself or His good plans for you from you. He knows what made us lose sight of Him, He knows why we are sad and as the scripture says, He is near to the brokenhearted. So sis, hold on to the Truth of God and don’t throw away your confidence in Him. He is YOUR HOPE. 

I believe that many of you are at war in your hearts and minds…”will God provide?” you ask? Will the waiting be worth it? You’ve got so many questions and doubt. And I say to that this:

“The to not believe what God has spoken to you or about you is to not believe God’s Word.” And as the scripture says,

“For the Word of God will never fail. ”

Did you see that? The Word of God will never fail. 

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:37‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In the waiting, the fears from your past and the hope of your future will meet. And you will have to decide if you are going to continue to live in the past or if you’ll embrace the hope the lies before you. you’ll have to choose to have a pity party in the waiting, (hey, I’ve been there too) or be courageous and brave in the Lord. 

For me, waiting brought out a lot of my past and lies I had believed out–that is why waiting can be a good thing. Because it teaches you about what you have on the inside of you. So maybe there’s a reason God has you waiting. Maybe He’s trying to help you in your unbelief. What if He’s trying to heal your heart of trust issues? Maybe He wants you to forgive people in your past? Ask Him what He’s trying to teach you. Then, please take heed to what He is doing within you in the waiting, there’s always, always a purpose. 

But in the waiting, God desires to meet with you. I believe that in this generation, God is equipping courageous women and men to stand up and believe. And the way He is doing this is by placing them in seasons of waiting. Because in the season of waiting, you learn how to fight for your joy and peace. In your waiting, you learn to lean on God like never before. And in the waiting you to learn to trust God’s hand of provision.

This scripture says…

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And that’s what I want to say to you, be still. Trust Him. Stop fighting Him in this season and just begin to prepare for where He is taking you because He is taking you somewhere and it’s going to be better than you expected. 

You might be asking, “Well, how do I stop worrying in the waiting? All I seem to do is worry.” And I say this, ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in your prayers. Ask Him to teach you how to pray and to lay every care and burden at His feet. And then, you do it again and again every single day. That’s what I did and it became apart of my life. It might be messy, you might just cry through your prayers, but do what you have to do. That’s where you will find strength. While you’re in the waiting, remember these things:

His ways are not like ours // 

““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We have limited understanding, God sees way more than we could ever see.

God is for you and not against you //

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

Romans 8:31 NLT 

Prepare and don’t be deceived // 

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

The enemy wants you to think your waiting is for nothing. DO NOT give Him a way in, God is always faithful to His people. 

Ephesians 6:13 

Lastly, know that there is a whole crowd of witnesses cheering you on, God wants you to wait and be great in it. Your life doesn’t just begin after the waiting, no He wants you to be great in this season too. He doesn’t want you to lose your trust in Him. Fight to believe. Fight and get in position for where He will take you next, He’s always watching. 

So while you’re waiting, trust, receive and believe…He’s always there and He always will be.

 

Remain encouraged,

 

Jasmine M.