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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.

 

Van Walton

7 Responses to Released from the wait room

  • Nancy says:

    I have enjoyed your Wait Management series. I am at a new point where there are no children in the home to be a focal point of my attention. Something my husband may be enjoying….So I find myself waiting for my next “role” in life and not sensing a specific direction except some hints to refocus some more on my attention on my husband. But your message here to wait and learn during the wait period is very relevant to me at this time. Thank-you.

  • JR says:

    Thank you for adding more clarity to God’s wait room. I missed the first part of this series and intend to find it and read from the beginning. It is hard sometimes and I feel that this time in the wait room has been most difficult. Not being surrounded by Godly people is hard. I feel I am a work in progress and it’s praying and reading articles from wonderful people like you that help me understand the challenges and how we can learn from the. I like the reminder “cling to the Lord and Never Let Go”. Thank you!

  • Louise says:

    Dear Van: I just want to thank you for all the encouragement and lessons learned during this wait time. After the death of my 24 yr old daughter, my husband is now failing in health and I find myself yet again, in God’s wait room. Somedays, it is hard to find purpose in the wait, but your poem really encouraged me, yet again, that God has something wonderful to teach me about His faithfulness. Thank you again and God Bless you richly.

    • JR says:

      Van, that is what it is all about, helping each other to move forward. You give us the spiritual or biblical words and we give you the thanks for helping us.

  • Vicki says:

    Van,
    I came upon all of this from your Proverbs31 post today. I didn’t realize that I was in a season of waiting because I have been so busy running around trying to figure out what is next in my life. But all your words made me realize that the reason I am not getting answers from God is because He is telling me to wait. I feel like God is preparing me for some area of ministry and I just want to get moving but I feel God telling me to wait…He has more to teach me before He sends me out. I know that God intended for me to find your words this morning and I thank you for being willing to share them. You are truly a blessing in my life today.

  • Nancy B says:

    As hard as the wait it, I feel God walking with me through this time. I get little nudges which I would like to ignore but God is faithful to me and continues to nudge me anyway.
    I do not know the path God has for me and my loneiness is very difficult since I gave up my passionate job in ministry in the local church due to various life cirmcumstances. But it deeply moved me reading your journey and the journey of the people of the bible through their “waitness”.I hear God speak for me to be still and know I am God but it sure is hard and lonely being still……

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