Released from the wait room
I’m in a season of life where God has called me out of His Wait Room, returned me to the playing field to live again. Yet, I know as I write these words, I contradict myself.
In this life we are called to work out in God’s Wait Room constantly- in order to stay in spiritual shape. I guess what I am saying is, even though, at this moment my heavy waits seem lighter for some reason, I am forever changed by my experiences in God’s Wait Room because of the amazing lessons learned as I waited. I may have learned how to lift the heavy waits of my current trials because they are now my normal or because I have released them to God or because prayer has been answered. That is the case in my life right now- Praise God from whom all blessings flow…
I do not, however, want to forget, lest I return to my former spiritually weak condition. So I review the exercises I learned from King Hezekiah who choose what’s pleasing in God’s eyes. (2 Kings 18:3-5)
-Remain faithful -Obey
-Trust in the Lord
-Cling to God –Worship continuously
–Tear down my idols –Dig deep into God’s Word –Surround myself with Godly people who will pray for me
I learned to develop a repetitious routine of the above exercises. As I rotated through each practice I lost track of the wait that was weighing me down. My focus on God’s strength, protection, and provision gave me what I needed to press through to the next moment, hour or day. Some nights I spent entire nights working through my routine. Sometimes I concentrated more on worship or found myself deep in God’s Word. Other times my prayers included a constant repetition: ”I cling to you Lord. Have mercy on me. I cling to you Lord. Have mercy.” Other times I would place my “wait” in God’s hands and pray for those who were praying for me.
I pray that my experience in God’s Wait Room has encouraged you. If it has, then my trials were not in vain and the wait was worth the while. If you find yourself lifting challenging waits right now, remember it’s our mighty God who calls us to His Wait Room. Don’t hesitate to reach out and grab hold of Him. Never let go and determine to cling as long as you have breath.
Friends, we have come to the end of this series- Wait Management. I hope it has been encouraging for you. You commitment to visit here and your comments have blessed me.
I hope to see you Wednesday when I’ll be posting about loneliness based my Proverbs 31 devotional: A Remedy for Loneliness.