You Are Not Waiting Alone!
I know I can say with certainty today that I am not sitting alone in the waiting room of God. I see it as this carpeted white-walled corridor with many doors on both sides that all are shut. We have rattled all the handles, knocked, and shouted through the keyholes to no avail. There is nothing to do, but wait. Then of course, our minds begin to wonder as we wait, “What did we do wrong to end up in this place?” Did we miss something along the way? We have weeped, repented, and ranted! After a while, God speaks to us with such reassurance. It seemed all good and made us feel better, but yet we still get up and try those handles to the doors one more time. They still remain shut! Then one of the doors open just a crack with a glimmer of light and we hold our breath. We think “Could this be it?” Doors were finally going to start swinging open again. We walk slowly up to the door and look through expectantly. Our hearts beat a little bit faster. Then the door slams shut with the sound of a locked dead bolt on the other end.
Well if we must wait, why not sing some songs for a little hope in the back of our heart. What if we stopped waiting for the doors to open… they might just open. Do you think? Nope, the doors did not call our bluff or take notice. They still remained shut! While we wait, the Father speaks encouragement to our hearts and blows relentlessly on the embers of hope. You hear of doors opening for others, but yet here we are flat on our back staring at ceiling wondering if God really wanted to open this door, then why won’t He do it. As for me, one thing I learned is our times of waiting is not due to our failures, it is a vital season in our lives.
In the waiting seasons, our flesh fails, our self-effort weakens, our self-reliance fades. We get so hungry for God! Of course, the temptation is to give up hope, to cannibalize our own dreams. Even when there seems no open door is there, continue to wait for eventually the gate shall swing open and you receive the spoils of a war you haven’t fought. Our enemy is a defeated foe. He has already lost. When you are in a season where the doors fling open i have to say is wonderful, but we can so easily start to run through them in our own strength, to start to believe it is because of something we have done is the reason that the doors open. The battle is to learn how to rest and allow God to put the heat on the enemy. God doesn’t need our strength – He is Almighty God. He needs our weakness and our trust. It is easy to trust when all the doors are flinging wide open. What about when they are not? That is when trust can go deep. He wants our eyes to be fixed on Him with expectation, even when there are no signs of life. He stretches us in the waiting, like a pregnant woman’s skin stretches so she can contain the growing baby. He stretches us so we can contain more of Him.
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I have to say my Brothers and Sisters that I am in this waiting room with you. I watch that door expectantly for what I am praying for. So let us exchange our toils (self-effort) for the spoils of war. There is an enemy camp to be plundered if only we will wait on God to move.
When you least expect it, you will hear the sweet whisper of the Father say, “Try that door handle one more time.” When you do, that door will spring open and what you been praying and waiting for will be on the other side.
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