Healing, restoration, a spouse, a child, a promotion, waiting on any of these things can be extremely tough. Often times we will make a plan and even though we know that God is ultimately in control, our expectation is that things will work out exactly the way we planned them to, in our timing. But often times, the reality turns out to be much different.
I’d have to say that my major life milestones have gone according to my plan less than 10% of the time. Marriage, children, career, now that I think about it, it’s probably more like 5%! The thing is, our plans and timing don’t typically align with God’s plans and timing, and for good reason. The Word tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. But no matter how much effort we spend getting that Word into our hearts, living it is much more difficult. The truth is, when we’re waiting on God to move letting patience have it’s perfect work can be brutally trying.
One of my biggest battles with God’s timing was in my desire to have children. My husband and I spent 5 years of our lives actively trying to conceive. Within that time I was pregnant 5 times and lost 4 babies. For a long time I was afraid that God’s will for my life might not include me having children. But then I made the decision to stand firm on His Word and His promises. After that, I new it was only a matter of time. The challenge was not allowing time to get the best of me.
Miscarriage after miscarriage I would get discouraged and then I’d have to encourage myself in His Word and promises again. Looking back I can say that that experience really helped to grow my faith significantly and also brought my husband and I closer to each other and to Christ. We believed in the manifestation of our child long before he was here, but that belief is what kept us steadfast.
I tell you this to say, DO NOT give up on believing for what you’ve asked God for. Call God into remembrance of His word by standing firm on scripture. God cannot lie. God is not a respecter of persons He is a respecter of faith. If He did it for someone else He can do it for you. Keep believing and allow patience to have its perfect work in your life so that you may be complete and perfect and lacking nothing.
Here are a couple of scriptures that kept me encouraged on my journey to finally becoming a mom. Don’t lose hope!
John 15:7 – If you abide in me and my word abides in you, you shall ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.
Psalms 84:11 – No good thing shall God withhold from those who walk uprightly.