Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Waiting

Patience is an interesting concept.

Most people would probably maintain that they’re pretty patient until being patient gets too hard.

It’s easy to get excited about your goals, dreams and aspirations. But it can be incredibly difficult to keep that enthusiastic outlook once you realize that it’s going to take longer than you thought it would to reach your destination.

The struggle can be so real and so grueling. Especially when you know how life changing an event could be if it would just occur.

But athletes don’t become physically fit overnight. It takes hard work, training and determination to build your body so that it can work at its best ability.

The work can get difficult and, at times, even overwhelming.

But once that goal is reached, all the work that led up to it starts to make more sense.

There’s a sense of gratefulness that comes to us when we discover that all the hardship, waiting and contending served a greater purpose in our life.

“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 
- 1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJV)

God has many wonderful things prepared for those that love Him.

Many of these prepared things require that we, ourselves, be prepared before we can receive them.

If we don’t allow God to prepare us then we may not know how to handle our blessings when they finally come.

All the hard work we encounter in life isn’t meant to deter us from our destiny. It’s meant to push us forward and encourage us to work toward the height of our God given potential.

The waiting can be riddled with frustration, pain, impatience, tears and hopelessness.

But if we keep our eyes fixed on God, the waiting can transform us, make us spiritually and mentally stronger, empower us and enhance our faith in God’s ability to fulfill all of His promises to us.

Sometimes we give up too close to the time of our redemption.

If we can just hold on a little while longer, we’ll successfully reach our destination.

And little by little as we enjoy the rewards of our promise, we’ll understand just why things happened the way they did.

We’ll be grateful for the struggles and even the waiting.

Because without the waiting, we wouldn’t be so aware of how satisfying it feels to have a promise fulfilled.

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