I am currently in a season of waiting. Waiting is so hard. My four-year-old has trouble when she has to wait five minutes for me to turn on Paw Patrol. As adults, we like to think that we aren’t as bad at waiting as a toddler, but sometimes we are. It doesn’t make it any easier that we live in a world that is constantly trying to eliminate wait times in every aspect.
What happens when you have been praying the same prayer year after year after year (10 years to be exact) and God isn’t answering it? It can be so easy to begin to lose hope and to fall into that dark hole of self-pity. I have been in that hole plenty of times, and it can be hard to get out of that dark place. I can tell you that you can NOT climb out of that pit on your own. You need God and you need the Body of Christ. Thankfully, God has always placed people in my life at the perfect time to minister to me, encourage me, speak truth and life, and to lift me up out of that pit.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
I know that God wants to use the suffering and the pain for His glory, and I know that His timing is perfect, but sometimes the waiting can be numbing. I am a very independent person, and I tend to internalize emotions and pain. I don’t want to talk about it and I just want to go on with my life. This is not how God wants us to deal with our pain and struggles. He wants us to lean on Him and to lean on our brothers and sisters in Christ. God has placed AMAZING people in my life to lift me up and to come alongside me and cry with me, pray for me, and love on me in ways that I have never experienced before becoming a Christian. My pain is not in vain and neither is yours. God will use your struggles for His kingdom!
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you,
as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 4:12-19 ESV