by Jenny Harrison
But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
A state of perpetual waiting appears to be our family theme these days. In May 2013, my son married a beautiful Christian woman after a year of mission work in Central America. Since that time, the process of the legal immigration of my daughter-in-law and not knowing when our family will be united has been gut wrenching.
As I sit and write, I could boast of the ongoing patience, grace, and dignity I display in handling our family struggle, but those claims would be insincere.
Sometimes while waiting, my eyes are focused on my Lord. Calm comes over me, and peace fills my soul with reassurance. I know He is in control. Other times, my faith fluctuates as I allow myself to be distracted by unexpected changes in our circumstance.
As I read the Word, four thoughts and scriptures were revealed for comfort when I become weary and my faith was weak.
Use the valuable time to prepare the heart.
“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
Job 11:13-18 (ESV)
Even when God is silent, trust that He is working in the wings.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5-6 (ESV)
Praise God in all situations.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
When we don’t have the strength to pray on our own, allow other Christians to stand in the gap on our behalf.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
Has God asked you to wait? Have the uncertainty and the feeling of unanswered prayers been weighing heavily on your heart?
If so, our team would be honored to stand in the gap for you. After all, we are in this together. It’s interesting how prayer works. It is impossible to lift someone to The Lord and walk away empty.
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And while you are talking to God, please remember the Harrison family in Gustine,Texas and Choluteca, Honduras. We would be forever grateful.
Copyright © 2014, Jenny Harrison, all rights reserved, Breath of Life Women’s Ministries. Images from Pinterest. Scripture from The Holy Bible, New International Version, English Standard Version, and New Language Translation.