The Lord has led me into several situations during this time in my life where I have had/am having to wait with no clear indication of what the future may hold, and in some cases, the outlook does not look very hopeful from a human’s point of view. I suspect that I am not alone. Considering the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic, we all have had uncertainty and delay in our lives over and over again this past 12-14 months. And all of us have had the normal load of life events on top of the pandemic. So I am sure that some of you can relate to what I’m feeling.
The Bible is full of verses that instruct us to have patience, and to wait and trust our Lord. I will not try to share all of them here, but some that have spoken to me are:
- Psalm 37: 5,7 ” Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act…be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him.”
- Proverb 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding, in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord.”
- Isaiah 40:31 “Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.”
- Psalm 40:1 ” I waited patiently for the Lord, and he turned to me and heard my cry for help.”
- Romans 8:12 “Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”
- Romans 12:12 ” Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer.”
And there are many more. We need to patiently trust and wait for God to work out His perfect plan in His perfect timing.
Easier said than done in my case. Recently, I’ve seen two things posted on social media that were helpful and challenging:
Yet, it was something that happened in my own life that has helped me get some victory. I’ve started working on jigsaw puzzles again in an effort to keep my mind used to being active. I have started small, but each puzzle that I’m doing is a little more difficult than the previous one. Anyway, I just finished a puzzle of two puppies this week (picture below). As I finished it, it occurred to me that doing puzzles takes patience. You don’t expect to do the larger, harder ones in one sitting. You work at it, a few pieces at a time, a hour here, an hour there, until you get it finished. It takes patience and waiting to reach the end and see the finished result. It also takes some trust—that the package contains all of the right pieces to complete the puzzle.
Then it hit me! IF I can trust a puzzle-making company to include all of the pieces needed, and IF I can be patient in finishing something as inconsequential as a jigsaw puzzle, why can I not trust Almighty God who has proven over and over again that He loves me and will take care of me, to work out these things in my life that require patience, trust, and waiting?
OF COURSE, I can trust Him! I pray that this simple illustration will be helpful to you, as well. God will take care of us, will answer our prayers, will bring people to Himself, but He will do it in His own timing. He will never be late; His timing is perfect. We just need to trust Him, and wait patiently.
And that’s Track in the Sand that we all can follow.