It’s September, school has started and they’ve released pumpkin spice lattes again and we are in the middle of a heat wave. In California right now there are record breaking high temperatures, severe heat warnings, and days on end with no relief! You cannot even escape to Newport Beach where they are known for their moderate temperatures and even they are in the 90’s! Lake Tahoe and Mammoth, the same!
The heat wave will end, as miserable as it is, and the cooler temperatures will come.
So, why do I mention it? I mention it because it is our human nature to long for something better. To anticipate change when we think it should come. And unfortunately, to grow weary in the waiting.
I have shared with you before that Summer and heat are not my jam. So, the extension of it when Fall is anticipated, is hard to handle. I long for those crisp morning walks, with leaves turning, sweaters worn, and a hot pumpkin spice latte being sipped.
Now, if you love Summer and the heat is your friend, then put yourself in the month of February with the temperatures still in the low 30’s! You long for a morning walk without your puffy coat. The warm sunshine streaming through the tree branches and filling you with joy and happiness. Either way, my point is made, we long for something better.
We want COVID to become a word we faintly remember hearing once or twice in the past. We want that relationship healed that seems to have been severed for so long. We want that job we have longed for to become a reality. We want that child we have prayed for to come back to Jesus. We want that loved one(or ourselves), healed from that sickness. We want that dream to become a reality. More than anything else, we want that promise from God fulfilled!
Waiting is one of the most difficult things we face in life. You don’t believe me? Think about the last time you stood in line anywhere. You may have reacted in one of several different ways. You may have stood there in perfect calm and peace focusing your mind on something else until the line moved and you finally reached the front of it. If so, you should be writing this Blog, not me! Most likely you sighed heavily, rolled your eyes and stepped into the line as you accepted your fate of WAITING! If you were having a bad day, you might have uttered a few choice words and turned and walked away. There was no way you were going to wait. At your best you might have chosen to use the opportunity to show goodwill and accept your fate of a slow moving, long line, and let the person in front of you go first. This may have calmed you a bit, but the frustration of waiting still loomed.
We do not like waiting. We want what we want and we want it now!
So, when God calls us to wait and endure, what do we do?
Recently, in one of my morning readings I found the answer…
We GO, ENDURE, and TRUST again and again and again!
I’m sure that is not the answer you were looking for. But, that is the answer God gives through His prophet Elijah.
“He (Elijah), said to his servant, “Go up and look toward the sea.” So he went up, looked and said, “There’s nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” I Kings 18:43
They were living through a severe drought and famine. Does anyone else besides me feel a “severe drought” of health, kindness, economy, godly commitment to His Word and Truth?
We must still GO!
God had promised rain but there was no sight of it. Not a single cloud in the sky!
Does anyone else besides me feel dry and weary from the belief that something better is coming but the waiting is leaving me parched?
We must still ENDURE!
They went to look for rain at the edge of the sea, and kept going time after time even when they could see nothing!
God has told us He will never leave us or forsake us. He has promised to hear our every prayer and answer them according to His will. But we have waited, and endured and we grow weary and discouraged.
We still must TRUST!
If God has said it, He will do it! We must walk by FAITH and not by sight!
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
God knows we will get tired and grow weary but He is faithful to supply all of our needs if we just keep GOING, ENDURING and TRUSTING!
“On the seventh time, he reported, “There’s a cloud as small as a man’s hand coming up from the sea.” I Kings 18:44
Friends, going, enduring and trusting over and over and over again is HARD!
But our God is FAITHFUL! He is looking for “SERVANTS”, that will listen, look and obey when He tells us to GO, ENDURE and TRUST again and again and again!
When we keep enduring we will begin to feel the drops of rain that He has promised to those who BELIEVE!
FAITH TO ENDURE CAN ONLY COME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST LIVING IN US!
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