Blessing in the Waiting
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.
─ Isaiah 30:18
“Why is it that when life gets super messy, and my marriage is stressed because of outside circumstances, I have thoughts of getting out of it?” Janine asked her best friend.
“Like a divorce?” Bridget responded, unable to hide her shock.
“Yes,” Janine admitted frankly. “I would never leave him – our marriage has been good. I just hate the situation we’re facing right now, so much so that I just want to run away from all of it.”
“Wow! I can’t imagine.” Bridget shook her head.
“I’m not saying it’s the answer. I’m just frustrated because that’s where my mind takes me. Life wouldn’t really get any better. He’s not the problem. It’s the situation we’re in.”
“Well, it’s good that you see that. I hope you can hold on and see this difficulty through to the end. The Lord is in this and He works all things together for our good. Wait on the Lord,” Bridget assured her friend.
“I know! You’re right. I just am so discouraged, I can’t even pray.”
“Then, you need to go to the Psalms and read them. Put God’s Word in your mouth. Tell yourself the truth, set your mind on God and wait for Him to give you the answer.”
“Well, it’s the waiting that gets to me. It adds pressure to our relationship. I need to practice waiting with patience,” Janine said.
“Change your mind and you’ll change your heart. There is blessing in the waiting.”
Today’s One Thing
Read Psalms 37, 94 and 118 today and encourage yourself while you’re waiting.