Wait For It!

Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

This is the promise you’ve been waiting for.  I believe strongly that this message is for many of us.

We get all messed up with expectations from our instant society.  We want what we want.  And, as if that were not bad enough, we want it now.  Period.  No deviations.  Nothing else will do.

How many times have you looked back on your past and realized the very thing you knew you had to have, and you actually got it, turned out to be a sham, a disappointment, sometimes a total disaster?  If only I’d waited with a bit more patience, if only I’d not pressed so hard.  If only…  I can feel my cheeks flush as I consider this truth in my life.

God wants to give us the desires of our hearts but He’s set on it coming about in His way, in His timing.  His ways don’t usually follow exactly what I had in mind however, when I’ve set myself to not “make it happen,” the Lord has never once disappointed me.

He’s my good Father in heaven and He wants to give me good gifts.  His heart is set on helping me grow and my growth comes about as I learn to wait on Him.  Seems to me that every time I bolt ahead, I fall down.  When I wait, I realize the amazing gifts of love He’s had planned all along.

I looked up the root words in this passage from Habakkuk.  Interesting.  Every word there translates pretty much as it is written.  No hidden meanings, no surprises.  The visions from God are indeed for an appointed time and they will come exactly at the appointed moment.

John 14:27 (NKJV)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Be peaceful as you wait for Him to bring about His gifts for you, to you, and through you.  Don’t worry.  They will not tarry; they will come in just the right time, in just the right moment.  His moment…and it will surely come!

Let the Past be the Past!

New things are coming.  I’m getting really excited about 2015.  If you follow the many prophetic voices around the world, the word is that 2015 will be a year of battles won, restoration from battles lost, and that signs and wonders will reappear.  These are no small matters to consider.  Personally I’m looking forward to a year of realizing all three areas.

We all have pasts.  Buried in our pasts are dreams that have died and the disillusions that came about as a result of those losses.  There is one particular dream of mine that almost died completely this past spring.  After most of my lifetime spent on pursuing (albeit slowly, ever so slowly) one particular dream, I came very close to laying it down completely this year.  My logic was simple; after all these years the dream was nothing more than an illusion.  If it were going to happen, surely it would have after 60-odd years.  I was perfectly willing to let it go.  There just comes the day when you’re tired of nursing the dream along and nothing much was happening.  “Maybe I’ve just been fooling myself,” “what is wrong with my will power Lord?”, and other such thoughts brought me to the edge of the decision.  And, just as I was ready to thrust the dream into oblivion, God intervened.  He showed me that my dream was truly part of who He made me to be and that He had others waiting in the wings, needing to receive the gifting He implanted in me.  He let me know He would end up using someone else if I really didn’t want to go forward, but if I still wanted to pursue the dream, He was behind me.  Humbling that one was!

So I’ve committed to long term classes in 2015 as a student in two arenas.  Part of me is terrified but the other part is ecstatic.  Being a student again requires time, discipline, and effort.  I tend to try to fool myself into believing I don’t have time.  That’s a lie.  The discipline and effort parts?  Well, those scare me the most.  As I look back, the effort kicks in and discipline follows – for a short time.  Then when the unplanned distraction or unavoidable pop up in my life, the discipline crumbles and the effort just can’t muster picking it up again.  That’s been the pattern.  I’m pressing into the Lord in earnest this time around.  He’s helped me in the past accomplish things I didn’t think I could and felt I had no “willpower” to pull off.  It’s time to go there again, realizing that my strengths lie in Him and, just as I posted the other day about stepping over the fence, it’s time I get on with this.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Is this stirring something in you?  I don’t particularly like New Years resolutions and I’m not considering my plans as such.  This is something else.  This is a stirring in my spirit to follow Him.  To cry out to Him when I feel weak and to give Him praise when I go forward in a straight line.  I will press in to the One who has been molding me all these years, whose plans are for me not against me, and who amazingly still believes in me after all these years.

Anyone up for the adventure?