My word for 2017 was Health and Wellness for my family and myself. Ironically it has been everything but. As we wind up 2017, I am at my lowest and my sickest-ever. I had a dream last week about a woman who had been waiting for some answers in her life, including a drawing she had entered. When she perceived that it had been long enough that she would’ve been notified if had she won the drawing, she sighed and said, “Oh well,” and erased her cyber entry.
At that very moment the judges of the contest were gathering her information to notify her that she had won the grand prize when “poof,” her entry disappeared! Though they scrambled frantically and tried to recover the data, it was too late. The choice was made for them and there was nothing left to do but redraw for a new winner.
I couldn’t help but wonder how often do we do this to God? We pull back at the last second, tired of waiting for an answer and take ourselves out of the running. We make a decision based on impatience and remove our entry just when we were about to receive the ultimate blessing. We snatch the victory out of God’s hands right at the moment of delivery when we predetermine we did not receive an answer. We need to be patient and wait on God’s timing, never growing weary as we trust that He has untold riches awaiting us if we will just leave the choice to Him and patiently wait for the results. I want the grand prize, not the consolation prize.
As I woke up and scribbled down this dream, I wrote down the title Over Expected and Under Delivered. I think God was trying to tell me not to give up and not to believe the lie that He wasn’t answering His promise to me. Especially since I do not perceive His timing.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
-2 Peter 3:8-9 (ESV)
The truth is that I have no idea why it is taking so long to see the fulfillment of the promise that I believe God gave me at the beginning of the year. This does not negate the promise, in fact, I believe it is exactly why it is taking so long because I need to have faith and believe.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
-Psalm 27:14 (ESV)
Waiting is one of the most difficult things we do. We must wait for the Lord and wait on His timing. To move ahead of God’s divine timing is to take matters into our own hands. To be behind God’s timing is to miss His blessings. We must have the wisdom to wait patiently.
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.
-Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)
Much like the eagle, we can soar above our problems or through life’s storms knowing that as we do, so it is the Lord himself who will restore strength to us.
Psalm 103:2-4 (ESV) is also resonating within me, “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”
You may not be struggling with a health issue in this New Year, which is wonderful, but you may have something else you are waiting to hear from God about. Join me in patiently waiting on answers from God, as we trust in His ultimate timing. My prayer for you is that you do not become weary while waiting to hear your answer and that you do not pull your entry at the precise moment that you won!