One of the reasons it takes devotion and courage to walk out the Christian life is because waiting is a big part of it. (Who likes to wait?) Well, I intentionally waited with patience this week on some pressing issues; by the grace of God, to be honest, it wasn’t even difficult. Frankly, it has been a special time lately such as I haven’t experienced in a while, as though God’s hand is on me, helping me behave.
My patience this week paid off – all of the issues that were such a problem in my new home were amazingly resolved. So I’m reminded that waiting really is an awesome thing, if you’re waiting for what God wants you to be patient for.
I once waited for 12 years for the opportunity to minister. It’s what I wanted to do more than anything, but the good Lord had spoken to my heart that when my (now ex-) husband says it’s time to minister, that’s the same as God saying so. The day arrived when, indeed, the ex told me I had his full support to go out and share the gospel wherever God opened doors.
God had been inspiring me to write songs ever since I became a Christian. Somehow, in no time at all, I became a part of a prison ministry. It was absolutely an amazing time. I was part of a team of terrific people. The other singers had far superior talent to mine, but I had a sincerity that seemed to touch hearts. Not only that, but when I went into the prisons, I felt the love of God poured out through me like a gushing river. Being a love conduit in prisons was a season that I consider the spiritual highlight of my life.
It wasn’t just the prisons; waiting those 12 years opened a lot of doors. I prayed about my mediocre singing, asking God to make me more of a blessing in the prisons. And He blessed me to write some rap songs which I performed, to the shock of inmates across Texas; and I became a huge hit.
Then out of nowhere, God blessed me with a television show ministry for youth, which was a deep desire of my heart. It was offered at no charge, and God blessed that effort, too.
My waiting produced a whole heck of a lot of fruit during that period of my life. It produced good results this week, too.
I think as Christians we’re always waiting for something, and that’s what keeps us moving forward in dependence upon God. Is what you’re waiting for what God has in mind for you? I think tomorrow I’ll confess here what I’ve been waiting for that God didn’t have in mind and about how now I have a new freedom for letting it go.
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.