I am not a sit still and wait kind of person. I seem like I might be, but I am far from it. So what do you do while you wait?
Most of my life I have wanted to be an entrepreneur. I have about 3 maybe 4 business plans in the works. I have plans for youth group and I'm working on plans for the blog.
I'm a workaholic and since I have ADD and anxiety my brain doesn't stop. Since the almighty has
- made me this way and
- given me these dreams he should be keeping up, right?
When stuck you're still in good company.
I have people from the Bible who waited as well. One of those people was Hannah.
Hannah was married and her husband loved her, but God had shut up her womb. Hannah's husband had another wife and she was able to have children. This lady tormented poor Hannah.
I've felt like God has put people in my life for this purposes. To torment me because they have been given what I'm waiting for. Can you relate?
Those who wait are in good company!
Hannah was sad, but her husband loved her the most. He tried to encourage Hannah. While in Jerusalem, Hannah prayed. She poured out her heart to God. So much that Eli thought she was drunk. She wasn't but God used Eli and blessed Hannah.
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” 15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” - 1 Samuel 1:9-17
God wants your heart, so pour it out to him.
God gave Hannah the son she longed for, in fact he blessed her with more then just one son. The wait had a purpose.
In Luke 11, Jesus taught a parable that reminds us when we ask it will be given to us. This serves to remind us to pray as we wait.
If Jesus prayed while he waited. Taught about asking God in confidence for things, and Hannah prayed. Why not follow these examples?
I hope that through your waiting you know that God loves you. He hasn't left you, or forgotten you. There is a purpose for the wait.
Have you been waiting, do you have a special prayer you say? Do you have a prayer buddy who is praying with you? Do you have someone to encourage you?
As a way to encourage you, I want to offer you a prayer printable. Download these, pray them, and be encouraged.