Sometimes we have to wait. This little video was based on the word, Eagle, from my book God Notes – Daily Doses of Divine Encouragement with Isaiah 40:31 as the inspiration behind it. It’s one of my favorite Bible verses: They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
This verse has gotten me through many difficult times when I was weary and could hardly put one foot in front of the other.
We live in a world of instant gratification. But if you look at nature, nature doesn’t rush things. Babies, human, furry, and otherwise, all have their allotted time of gestation.
The mother is in a time of waiting. She is not, however, idle. She is eating well, taking care of herself, and making the necessary preparations for a new life.
In order to grow tall, a tree needs good soil, water, and sunshine. It needs to establish a strong root system so that it can grow as tall as it can. It needs strong roots to withstand the winds and rains. Growth takes time. You cannot rush growth. Rushing goes against nature. It goes against our spiritual growth too.
Waiting is trusting. When we trust, we let go of the anxiety that comes with waiting. It’s self-induced suffering.
The apostle Paul said, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
When I look back on my life, I can see how all the experiences brought me to where I am today. Circumstances were not always very “good” at the time, however, things worked together for good. Much of that time was waiting for my life to unfold.
The following are words based on the word, wait. These are the words God put on my heart in my book, God Notes – Daily Doses of Divine Encouragement. It sums up why we wait.
Frustration happens easily when you have to wait. You live in a material world where you must wait.
You wait in a doctor’s office.
You wait at a red light.
You wait for test results.
Don’t allow anxiety and stress to fill moments when you must wait. Use this time to connect with Me.
When you ask Me for help with a sincere and grateful heart on big plans and dreams that you have, I may ask you to wait.
I am working behind the scenes on your behalf. A worthwhile request takes time.
Wait, but don’t be idle.
I will renew your strength.
As you wait, I can’t wait to show you what great things I have in store for you as you trust in Me.
So, wait on the Lord to renew your strength.
Jackie TrottmannNovember 20, 2017 9:12 am
Thank you so much for sharing your story of “waiting” and trusting. Lately, I’ve been calling those same ways that God speaks to me as “nudges”.
The awesome thing about trust (and, truly what faith is all about) is not having to KNOW what the outcome will be. I found it SO fascinating that you received not one, but two contracts that fell through! God must have something big planned for you. :)
You had shared some personal challenges with me in the past. I would not be surprised if leaving the house behind would be an answer to your prayers. 1) Your mother committed suicide in that house. Oh, my goodness! The memories and energy from that horrible event have to have left an impression (my humble opinion). 2) Your father dying of cancer there. Again, another horrible event.
I sold the house that I grew up in. The money from it went to care for my mother. It mostly held bad memories of my father’s abuse towards her and feeling boxed in by its smallness. Even with all the remodeling that I did, it couldn’t shake the bad memories for me.
I’m sure the wait will be worth it. And knowing God, I’m sure it will be nothing that you expected! I call God the God of surprises, too. I admire your trust. I’m glad that the words God puts on my heart touch your heart, too.
Peace to you,
Nikki McMullenNovember 20, 2017 7:23 am
Hi Jackie, I just want to thank you for all the emails I get from you. This morning I woke up in my midnight hour calling out to my father asking him To speak to me, that I needed to hear from him. I made all my request to him at that time in prayer, and went back to sleep. I woke up to an email from you about “be still” so I looked through all your blog’s and notes and at that time I felt the Lord spoke to me.
( Not audibly) 2 months ago I was having a very challenging day at the time and as I was in my house alone I heard the Lord ask me if i trust him?
(Again not audibly) I said a course Lord you know I do and he asked me to sell my family home that I’ve grown up in. My family home was given to me after my father and mother passed. My mom committed suicide in the house and my dad died from liver cancer. But my dad left it paid up for me. And my heavenly father asked me to give it up. He sent me to his word in Matthew 16:24 if you gain the world and lose your soul what do you have. He sent that to me in a different way for months. The house had a contract on it two days after we put it on the market but that fell through. So did the second one. I realized then I was in the waiting process and he was seeing if I trust him more than what I can see. I feel he has asked me to be still and know he is God. Reading your email this morning made me feel.the Lord was speaking to me again telling me he had to get all the plans in order to make it perfect for me to move. I needed that! I don’t have any family other than my husband amd two boys (8,2) and some days they can’t encourage me in a way I need it. So I’m thankful for you being my sister in Christ and helping people find him. Thanks for helping me this morning.
Love , Nikki McMullen