Wednesday, May 30, 2012

When Waiting Becomes My Thorn

Welcome! This week we are in Chapter 5 “Do You Know I Am Suffering with a Thorn?...He Is My Sufficiency” of Angela Thomas’ book Do You Know Who I Am?

Last week, I wrote about being weary and worn out, but there’s a weariness I didn’t mention…the weariness of waiting on God.

Hoping, trusting, and praying for years and years, without seeing Him make changes…it makes me tired and frustrated.

I’m talking about real-life situations that can only be changed by the hand of God…praying for a loved one to come to faith, a child to come back home, addictions to be broken, marriages to be healed, love to be found, the list goes on.

I trust, and I hope, and I pray…but some days I am tired of waiting for God to do something!

So, I wonder…is my weariness of waiting on God my thorn?

Please don’t misunderstand—I’m not saying that God’s timing or His ways are my thorn. What I’m saying is that I can’t do this waiting thing on my own, and that’s my thorn.

Some days go well. I trust God’s plan and I have faith that He will make the changes He sees necessary in His perfect time. I know He has a purpose for my life and His plans are worth waiting for.

Then there are other days. When I bump into my thorn (what I am waiting for) and it hurts all over again. Maybe you know the days I’m referring to…I’ve been hurt by the same person or situation. Again. I’m discouraged and frustrated, and it’s leading me to feel angry and fed up. With everyone and everything.

My thorn is inflicting pain, and in my weariness of waiting, I’m tired and cranky, and I’ve started questioning God.

God, can’t You see what’s happening here? Why don’t You change it? Why won’t You do something?!?

The enemy has me where he wants me—doubting God. I’m tired of waiting, so if God’s not going to work on the situation, it’s time to take it into my own hands, right?

What a dangerous path I’m starting down. If I’m doubting God, who’s going to help me get through this waiting? Not the enemy because he has me right where he wants me, and that’s a place I don’t want to go.

So, with the pain of my thorn, I turn to God, crying out my frustration to Him. I remember that I can always trust Him, even when I don’t trust others.
But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. Look down and have mercy on me. Give your strength to your servant; save me, the son of your servant. Send me a sign of your favor. Then those who hate me will be put to shame, for you, O Lord, help and comfort me. (Psalm 86:15-17 NLT)
God listens, consoles, and strengthens me for the wait. He diffuses my anger before I react in a way that will make everything worse. He knows my weaknesses, and He knows patience is one of the many.

Satan will to use my thorn to hurt me. But God will use it for good, if I let Him. Only God can turn hearts and change the real-life situations. Only He can end the waiting. But in and through the wait, my faith and trust in Him will grow deeper and stronger. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll learn to wait patiently.

In Christ,
Laura


6 comments:

  1. Love reading your heart here, Laura. Great write.

    So thankful God can make all things good. Even when I fail. And sometimes I fail at the waiting patiently...sometimes I let the enemy get too much of me. But no matter what, I can always look back and see how God walked me through it. How far I've come because of it.

    striving with you, friend. to doubt not. to trust wholeheartedly. to put the enemy to shame...

    all for Him,
    Nikki

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    1. Amen Nikki! I'm striving with you. Thank you for your kind words!
      God bless,
      Laura

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  2. "If I’m doubting God, who’s going to help me get through this waiting?"

    I love that quote! God is the only one strong enough to get us through these difficult situations. Waiting is hard stuff.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

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  3. Quote: "...Then there are other days. When I bump into my thorn (what I am waiting for) and it hurts all over again. Maybe you know the days I’m referring to…I’ve been hurt by the same person or situation. Again. I’m discouraged and frustrated, and it’s leading me to feel angry and fed up. With everyone and everything..."

    I can identify with this :(

    Quote: "If I’m doubting God, who’s going to help me get through this waiting?"

    Better to hang in there and trust (ignore 'feelings' as they change like the weather) and focus on what is factual, i.e. that Jesus IS in control of our lives and situations. It is better to go through the waiting period with Him than on our own - that's for sure!

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  4. Another good one. I hate waiting! I think that's why God makes me do so much of it:) I've been praying and waiting for someone to come to Christ, and while I've seen small changes, this person still isn't there. It can be so frustrating! But wait I must, bc it's not in my time that things are done, it's His.

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  5. Thank you fror posting this, It sounds like my story. I know that I am not alone in waiting.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!