Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Time of Waiting

The word, no, is a hard one to accept, especially after pouring your heart and soul into an endeavor with the belief that honesty, loyalty, skill, and patience would matter. After being pursued, and yet still rejected - with the promise you would be kept in mind - the knife cuts even deeper.  

When the tears and initial pain finally subsided, accusation settled in. I simply wasn't good enough. My hard  hard work and diligence was not good enough. The words cut deep, leaving seeds of hatred and bitterness in the wound.

I plucked out most of these seeds through prayer, but could not completely eradicate hurt, discouragement, doubt and anxiety. These remained, winding long tendrils through my heart and mind. More prayer, and the Master Gardner began pruning away the unwanted growth. I writhed with pain under the sheers, but knowing the pruning was necessary, I did not run.

When at last the pruning was finished, and the pain subsided, I picked my self up and continued moving forward. Again I received a series of rejections and faltered, but remained on my feet. He too was rejected, over and over to the point of death on the Cross, and is still rejected. This added some salve to the wound, but it still throbbed.

This morning, God applied another kind of salve through two different devotions. Both reiterated when waiting for something we want, or desperately need, our patience is severely tested, but if we remain open to the lesson we are to learn, we will grow, and a delay is only that, usually followed by a greater blessing than we expect. "...be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7. We are not to rush into anything. We are to remain patient, trusting even when we do not understand.

Fortified with trust, patience and hope, I continue to seek His answer, His solution and I believe it will be nothing short of miraculous.

15 comments:

  1. Great encouraging words that I needed this morning. Thank you.

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  2. Well written encouragement for your friends -- and yourself. Big hugs

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  3. Debra, I am happy He spoke to you this morning as well. Hope your answer comes soon and your time of waiting is over quickly, and then, maybe not...

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  4. Yes, Sylvia, mostly for myself. If other gain anything, it is a double blessing. You have experienced your share of waiting as well.

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  5. He promises to bring beauty from ashes and I know He will do this for you.....Yes waiting is very hard but the blessings will definitely be work the waiting...

    Thank you for you for being open and transparent which has blessed me....

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  6. Reminds me of the many ups and downs and ins and outs of my life. I discovered Prov. 16:9 and 19:21, which helps me daily.

    Blessings,

    Tom Blubaugh
    Night of the Cossack

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  7. Awesome post Cecilia! Waiting is indeed the hardest part of persevering in faith for God's answer. Sometimes it's "yes", sometimes it's "no" - but oftentimes it is "wait"...

    Galatians 6:9 has always been an encouragement to me, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

    We must keep our focus on Jesus and continue to be obedient in the things He asks of us while we wait in great expectation!

    Be blessed...

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  8. Nancy, you are right, there are many blessings granted during a time of waiting. The first being when the prayer is finally answered, the blessing is so much sweeter.

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  9. Tom, thank you for the references. I have yet to meet a Christian who isn't entering a storm, inside a storm, or just coming out of one. At least we have Someone Who can walk on water in the boat with us.

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  10. Amen...and it does go with the poem I posted.

    I am so sorry...but like you commented with the poem, look what testimony has been left behind after the struggle. May your testimony shine to encourage others...it already has.

    I will keep you in my prayers.

    Oh on the floor cloth..not sure why you can't use them on wood or carpet...read that. I think because they don't breathe they would stain both.

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  11. Thank you, Janette. Yes, you are right, it is through the struggle we grow and gain understanding and compassion to share with others, as well as strengthen our own faith.

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  12. A great reminder that with God, it's always worth the wait! Thank you for the encouragement. Patience is hard, but through it can come growth, greater faith and abundant blessings.

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  13. Thank you, Connie. Yes, God's plans are always worth the wait, although it is sometimes very hard to do.

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