There is absolutely no circumstance that can come into my life today for which there will not be sufficient grace.
That truth brought assurance when I was in a barren place, crying out to God. What am I going to do? What are you going to do?
He had given direction, but his intervention had been slow coming. I just couldn’t see him working. Couldn’t see any results from my efforts. Wondered if he still considered my situation a priority.
And then I found that note scribbled long ago. Sufficient grace. Grace to perform. Grace to wait.
I’d rather perform. But much of life takes place in the waiting arena. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain the momentum and expectancy.
Have you ever attended an event—maybe a concert—that was delayed? After fifteen minutes…half an hour…an hour…the audience grew disgruntled. Some people clomped out demanding a refund.
Waiting patiently and joyfully is not the norm. We aren’t happy when our life-journey dumps us at the wait-station. It’s annoying. We’re busy folks pursuing an important agenda. And suddenly God pulls us aside, saying, “Wait here.”Waiting patiently and joyfully is not the norm. We aren’t happy when our life-journey dumps us at the wait-station. It’s annoying. We’re busy folks pursuing an important agenda. And suddenly God pulls us aside, saying, “Wait here. Click To Tweet
I don’t do well. No. I just don’t. I fret and complain. I plot an escape, tossing possibilities around in my thinking. Finally I outright challenge my Maker.
Lord, the clock is ticking! I need to get outta this place! I need to be doing something!
“Not now,” he says gently. “Just wait.”
And so I wait, wondering when and how he will show up. Because I know him well enough to know he will show up. First Samuel 12:16 convinced me. “Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your eyes.”
In my wait-station I watch to see God display his mighty power. Believing he will keeps the momentum and expectancy high.
I’ll use this season of inactivity to rehearse promises that slip by unnoticed in the hectic pace of normal life because…well, in my wait-station, I have nothing else to do.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his righes in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the end of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; But 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” (Isaiah 40:28-31).
A quiet voice whispered in my heart, “You are not waiting on a person or a circumstance. You are waiting on God.”A quiet voice whispered in my heart, “You are not waiting on a person or a circumstance. You are waiting on God. Click To Tweet
“Wait on the Lord, be of courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).
God is also waiting—waiting for me to trust him fully
Didn’t I just see you pulling over to the wait-station? Try this strategy for your time here. “Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him, and He will bring it to pass…Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him…” (Psalm 37:5, 7a Amplified).
There is absolutely no circumstance that can come into your life today for which there will not be sufficient grace.There is absolutely no circumstance that can come into your life today for which there will not be sufficient grace. Click To Tweet
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)a.
As for me, my momentum and expectancy are high. Perhaps any day now I will mount up with wings as eagles!
Please tell me about your waiting experience and what God is teaching you. I’d be grateful if you’d share this article with your friends!
© Dianne Barker 2020
(Scriptures from KJV unless noted)