Waiting and Worrying

Teach me Lord to wait
Down on my knees
‘Til in your own good time
You answer my pleas
Teach me not to rely
On what others do
But to wait in prayer
For an answer from you.

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings as an eagle
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.

Teach me Lord to wait
While hearts are aflame
Help me humble my pride
And call on your name
Keep my faith renewed
Keep my eyes on Thee
Let me be on this earth
What you want me to be.

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings as an eagle
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and not faint
Teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.

Patience is not one of my strong suits.  I like everything to happen in my time and in the way I think it ought to occur.  It’s funny how God doesn’t work that way.  Instead, God’s timing is perfect.  He has a plan and He carries out that plan in the way in which it works best.  I was reminded of this just yesterday.

My family is preparing to move to Amarillo at the first of the year.  We put our house on the market with a realtor on October 27th.  Since that time, there have only been three showings.  I have prayed every day that the right buyer would come along so that I would not have to worry about our house.  (What makes it harder is that our previous home sold to the first person that looked at it after only being on the market for five days…that spoiled us a bit.)  After who knows how many times I have prayed about this, we received an offer on our house.  It’s not a perfect offer and it is still in negotiation. I’m not sure what the end result will be of this offer; what I do know is that God is present and working in our life.

I spend so much time worrying about the future, about finances, about the church, about the generalities of life.  It’s important to remember that it is God who makes the world spin and He is in ultimate control of our life (if we allow him to be).  When we put our trust in the Lord, things work out.  It might not always be exactly the way we pictured it or the end result we expected, but it always works out. 

Jesus said,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34 NIV)

When you truly turn your struggles and worries over to God, the burden of them is lifted from your shoulders.  I don’t know what God’s ultimate plan is for our house, but I do know that it is in His hands.  He is powerful enough to take care of our burdens and to remove our stresses.  I choose to wait on the Lord and to give Him my worries.

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