I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalm 40:1-2 NLT
This verse was in my devotional this morning, and really caused me think. We don’t like to wait, let alone wait patiently. But there are so many times in the Christian faith that we find ourselves in seasons of waiting. Sometimes it is waiting for God to answer our prayer, sometimes it is waiting for God to give us the green light to move forward, and yet other times we are simply waiting for God to move in the middle of a process. It can be extremely frustrating from our perspective. We are so limited in our thinking and can often see only what is in front of us in the moment. It is so easy sometimes in these moments to almost lift our hands to heaven and go “Hey, God, I’m here. Did you forget about me?”
It is so easy to get to that place. Often things don’t happen in our timing, even if we try to push them along in that direction. Many times God calls us to walk through a process that is hard, can be discouraging, and often times feels hopeless. It is easy to want to give up in those moments. Sometimes we just want to lift our hands in surrender because we don’t feel strong enough to walk through this. We don’t feel like we have strong enough faith to continue to do the “hard thing” that God is calling us to do. But I love what the above verse say. Even in those moments, when I am waiting and crying out to God, He hears me! He turns to us, He doesn’t abandon us. That is so beautiful to me. When I cry out, there is a God who is bigger than my situation and circumstance, who not only hears me, but comes closer to me. He may not move the process along faster, we may not get the answer we are hoping for, but our faith is strengthened. Our God hears us and is there, no matter what. And even in the waiting, He can still place our feet on solid ground and sustain us through the process.
What I love though, is if you continue to read the verses following, they remind us of the outcome. After the waiting, after the storm, after the process, we will be singing a new song. We will be able to point to God and say “look at what God has done.” And the way we walked through those seasons will be another amazing part of our testimony. Others will hear and see what God has done, and their faith will be strengthened. I don’t know about you, but knowing that makes me want to hold on for the ride. It is so encouraging to me to know that walking through the hard seasons means that at some point that will be a strong part of my testimony. What I walked through is going to be the hope someone else is going to need. My encouragement for you today is find this rhythm. Be encouraged, friends! God hasn’t forgotten you. Cry out to Him, He will turn toward you and hear you. He will sustain you, and at some point, what you are currently going through will be your greatest testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40:3-4 NLT