Wait?! Ugh.

I’ve been in an emotional slump. Not full blown depression, but still. When life strikes a blow at my happiness, I want to react. I want to act. Fight or flight. Something!

So I prayed.

And prayed.

And praaaaaaayed.

And the Lord sends the same reply, “Wait.” Be patient.

Ugh.

I feel life is passing me by and all I want to do is catch up.

But I also feel the Lord telling me to wait.

In the grand scheme of eternity, life is just a moment. Yet, I fear I’m missing out in this fleeting fraction of existence.

On my drive back from work, I thought about Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul.

Jesus said, “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus gave His life to give us the opportunity to live again. If He felt eternity was worth dying for. Surely it is worth waiting for.

Then there’s Paul.

Paul had a thorn in his flesh. And being patient is a pain the 🙂

If God’s grace was sufficient for Paul, it must be sufficient for me. So I’m gonna be patient, keep a good attitude, and trust the Lord.

And it wouldn’t hurt for me to review the Bible Study on Patience.

*Rae

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69 thoughts on “Wait?! Ugh.

  1. Amen to that one! We just got to wait these things out. I used to go almost insane whenever I got into my little depression spells, but I just realized that I had to focus on all the good things that God has given me and just wait it out.

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  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Paul also needed time in the desert working with Jesus to get himself prepared for his ministry. All good things come in due season. Be patient. It’s worth it.

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  3. Don’t ever think that God isn’t working just because you don’t see Him working! Many times what He is doing below the surface is much more needful than what we see by our natural eye. Waiting is a pain, for sure, but it is always rewarded. Hang in there Rae!

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  4. At least it’s only waiting! It’s not like the Lord beckons us to be still or anything…
    Oh… wait…
    …darn! *kicks at dirt*
    Nothing like being children of the King of Kings, eh? 🙄

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  5. Hello Rae,

    I sometimes look at sources other than the Bible. Epicurus said that good experiences are not only beneficial to us at the time we experienced them but also when we reflect on them.

    Peace and love to you Rae,

    Dinos

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  6. QuiverFullOfArrows says:

    I’ve struggled with depression my whole life and I’m new in my faith. It was an amazing realization when I discovered it wasn’t something that needed to be cured, but an opportunity to search in myself and really find all of the treasures He’s given me that I stopped paying attention too. When I’m in a dark place, I thank God for all of his blessings He’s gifted me and it allows me to be grateful for things I was taking for granted.
    You’re right! It is always worth the wait! God never leaves his children!

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  7. Waiting is so hard! I’ve just literally today come out of a 12 months period of ‘waiting’ for Gods answer to my prayer.
    I got too the point where I started to doubt and shout and scream at God…’are you actually ever going to answer me? Or is that just something you keep saying to shut me up Lord?’
    Then this week just under 12 months later he answered all the things we’ve been waiting for have come to be! God came through like he always does. And I feel like a total fool and have said ‘sorry Lord’ a hundred times. However God gets it that we doubt he meets us in our struggle. Be encouraged you will see your prayer answered, in the mean time he’ll use the time to refine you Xx

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  8. Unidentified Believer says:

    Patience is one of those things that everyone wants yet, is so hard to have. God has worked on my patience for many years and it is something that I still struggle with. Patience is important to a Christian as it is identified in the book of Galatians 5:22-23 as one of the fruits of the Spirit. And, as you said, Paul realized the importance of such fruit. What I love about the Apostle Paul is what he says in that same chapter, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor. 12:9, ESV) So, boast in your weakness! Let God become your strength and your patience!

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  9. Unidentified Believer says:

    Patience is something that is not easy to have. God has been working with me on this for years. What I have learned is that patience as an important attribute of a Christian. I’m the book of Galatians it is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirt. What I love about 2 Corinthians 12 is what Paul says next, “for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Allow God not to only be your strength but also allow him to work on your patience! God bless!

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  10. Same over here.The test of my faith producing patience.Hang in there.Tests then testimonies.I believe these times sometimes they come to slow us down,take more time with the Lord,but hey we don’t wanna loose out 🙂

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  11. Unidentified Believer says:

    Patience is something that is not easy to have. God has been working with me on this for years. What I have learned is that patience as an important attribute of a Christian. I’m the book of Galatians it is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirt. What I love about 2 Corinthians 12 is what Paul says next, “for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Allow God not to only be your strength but also allow him to work on your patience! God bless!

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  12. Wait and rest – wait, and rest (: Father is good for that, if he says wait, he’ll take care of you, and he’s got so much in store for you that he’s not going to let you miss out on Rae (: eternity’s not going to be any less boring than this prologue 😉

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  13. Absolutely! Waiting on the Lord does require a lot of patience which I seem not to have. How many times have I with impatience moved while I should be still. Thank God for mercy that located me. Everything good in life is worth waiting for. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. The Christian life seems like an opportunity at the beginning. Eventually we realize it’s God giving us his life, and swallowing us up in his. He takes away our life, to give us his life, a life that emerges from death. Grace, patience, good attitude, trusting the Lord. Amen. These are all gifts from God that carry us into experiencing our own death with Christ, where the resurrection of Christ also becomes our reality right in the place where all hope was lost. That’s where our faith becomes his faith operating in us. It’s scary, possibly painful, and very difficult at first. But after enough experience, we realize nothing can really hurt us, and we gladly go wherever God takes us, and lose anything he takes, knowing everything is actually good for us, and we’re as indestructible as Jesus.

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  15. Psa 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (KJV)

    Psa 27:14, “Look unto Jehovah — be strong, And He doth strengthen thy heart, Yea, look unto Jehovah!”

    Waiting for the Lord… looking unto Him… be strong… is trusting Him to take care of you. We live in a world that suffers the consequences of evil. Those children of wrath are who are seeking their own selfish interests at the expense of every one else cause events and shape actions around us all day long. We suffer because of evil people who sin. We suffer the consequences of their actions. God will interfere from time to time, but otherwise we all have free will, even those who are very bad people.

    But, we know that God is in control of all. Knowing that. we do what we can, when we can, as much as we can relying upon His strength. Our words, and any good works we can offer stand for Him. That is the courage part and are we are to be strong. Then we look unto Jehovah to work with that and do the rest. We stand up for Him, and then let Him take it the rest of the way!

    So it isn’t just waiting. It is trusting and knowing that no matter what happens to us here, nothing anyone does to us can take our inheritance from us.

    2 Tim. 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ” and

    Matt. 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

    We just keep standing up for Him every chance we get.

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  16. Waiting, is just hard, but I know it’s often necessary. God’s timing is best, although the reasons are often inscrutable. Faith, in and of itself, has an important waiting component. Waiting on Jesus’ return or our death, waiting on our reward in glory. Until then, may I be true to You in this life Jesus.

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  17. Yeah, I know. See, the thing about waiting is we don’t have God’s perspective. We see everything through our own eyes. And we never want to stay in the rain waiting out the storms of life. Truth is, there will always be storms. And we have to take them one day at a time, just as the flowers do, just as the birds do. The sunshine will come. Because you know, girl, He takes care of the flowers and the birds, and He cares for us way more because He’s our Father and we’re His children. ❤

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  18. Quiver, Depression is tough. It’s unassuming and all-consuming when left unchecked. You have my sympathies because I know how difficult it is. My heart is warmed that you chose faith. New or not, you’ve made a great decision as you probably already know. Thanks for sharing! *Rae

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  19. Fearless, At least you’re learning! And you’re 100% correct. It does take true intimacy with the Holy Spirit to keep up, not lag, and not run ahead. God bless you! *Rae

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  20. Michelleroque, Yes!!!! That’s exactly how it is! When God works and it all finally makes sense, I’m always left feeling ashamed and humbled that I was so adament in my doubt. *Rae

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  21. Unidentified, You are right on point. Patience is so hard. I think patience is something that can only be obtained with… well, patience lol it certainly does not come naturally or easily. God bless you, too! *Rae

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  22. Carson, You’re absolutely right! You’re very wise. Thank you for the reminder. I’m still relatively new in my faith. It’s in the toddler stage, but I hope to mature it. Again, thanks for your words. God bless! *Rae

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  23. That’s right. I think this is why our soul friends and spiritual counsellors are so important. When we are overwhelmed they can see the things we cannot .. we all need someone who has walked the same way to share our bad and good times with. Many blessings.

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  24. My pleasure (: there are two things I like to remember for when I feel so…beyond myself. First is, Father is love – love is patient, kind, always hopes for and believes in your best, and never gives up. The second thing is that one of the fruits of Holy Spirit is faithfulness and that means Father is always gonna be faithful to you – the burden of your toddler faith is all on him and he wouldn’t want it any other way because that’s just how fathers are (:
    God bless you too my friend (:

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  25. Going thru similar right now! U really feel like “God why r u silent on me” or “im i not listening to u clearly”
    Can be difficult but its worth knowing If God is in control here, im in the Best hands!

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  26. I can’t believe, or maybe I can since I am a Believer, how many times I’ve heard this very same subject this week. The LORD is keeps repeating this message for me to see. “Ok, loving LORD, you have my attention.” Thank you for sharing this. God has used you this week.
    May the LORD bless and keep you. ~:)

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  27. Steward, I look around or jot down bible verses and quotes I like. Then I visit a creative commons website, such as Pixabay.com. So I can use the pictures without worrying about copyright infringement. From there I just pick a good photo editor with text features. I use Snapseed because it’s an app that came with my tablet.

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  28. Love this Rae– I have a few things I am waiting on (and praying for) in my life and I know if can be so hard. I think this is where my trust is proven–knowing God sees it all more clearly than I do. Thanks for articulating it all so well…

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  29. I really feel like this a major theme this year in many people’s lives right now. Me included. I wrote a post on being patient on the 20th, plus I have seen a few other Christian bloggers writing about the same thing!! I actually thought I was pretty patient, until I wrote my post. Turns out that I have a lot to work on in that area! I am in prayer for something now, and literally nothing can be done about it, except prayer and patience. I just went through some of the comments and I see that everyone is dealing with this! I guess a big 2017 message from God is learning patience! We are learning together, that is for sure!

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  30. It really is! I’ve noticed tons of other Christian bloggers posting about it, too! When God is telling everyone to be patient, that must mean He’s got something big planned! I’m excited to see how His plan unfolds. You’re right, “We are learning together.” (: *Rae

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  31. Rhonda, You’re right. Waiting is probably the hardest aspect of our faith. And definitely the least appealing lol. It’s so easy to get hyped over blessings and excited over the promise of eternity. Then when people bring up patience…it’s like “ugh, buzzkill.” God does see it all more clearly. I don’t know what you’re praying or waiting for, but hang in there, sister! *Rae

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  32. Rhonda, You are spot on! Trusting God is so important. I didn’t think life being an unwed single mother of a baby who was conceived in a less-than-ideal situation could be a happy. Especially not when I wasn’t even gainfully employed. But I’ve never been in a better place. My entire life changed. It was as if God was taking care of us both. Ensuring we needed nothing. That first step made all the difference and He is so merciful. *Rae

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  33. I have to be honest here. I have prayed for so many things and I have received them, but when it comes to emotions it’s so hard. I pray for a job for someone, told them God will give them a great job, something they desire and they will get it in a few weeks and they got a great job within a month. Prayed for a someone with a tumor and the doc said the tumor killed itself by twisting. Prayed for someone to get their passport and they got it in a month. BUT as soon as I pray for my own emotions i can’t seem to cover any ground, wuddup wid dat? it’s got me hopping maaaaaad!

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