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Today’s Truth

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 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’

(1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV)

Friend to Friend

Have you ever sat in a hospital waiting room while a loved one had surgery, delivered a baby, or underwent a biopsy? There are many ways we try to keep ourselves busy while we’re waiting. We sit. We stand. We pace. We drink old coffee and flip through even older magazines.

Hospital waiting rooms are a symbol of how we can feel during seasons of unanswered prayer. Unfortunately, when God seems to delay answering our prayers, we wonder if God loves us or if perhaps He’s forgotten about us. It’s even harder when it seems like God is answering everyone else’s prayers!

In our waiting room seasons, it often feels like we just can’t bear another day. However, our waiting room time doesn’t have to be wasted time. In my waiting room season of desperately praying for God to rescue a family member struggling with an addiction, I learned that in the space between what I’m waiting for and the actual outcome, God was working just as much in my heart as He was in our situation.

In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah wrestled in a symbolic waiting room as she struggled with infertility. Not only did Hannah endure painfully empty arms, but she also lived with relatives who didn’t understand her pain or were just plain old mean (1 Samuel 1:6-8).

In an event where Hannah hits an emotional rock bottom, she demonstrates some powerful principles on how to face the pain in our waiting room and actually experience God’s blessing in that hard place.

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 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.”

Hannah brings her real feelings to God, even the messy and angry emotions. She remembers God’s power and asks Him to make the impossible happen in her life. Finally, Hannah’s final and radical act of worship: she gives back to God before she ever receives.

Hannah shows us that the path to finding blessing in God’s delay is to shift from the often-impatient mindset of “I’m waiting for God to…” toward a gratitude-based posture of “I’m worshipping God for…” As you worship God by remembering who He is, His faithfulness, and His promises, you position yourself be blessed by His presence today in your life. Worship will lift the heavy weight of waiting from your life!

After Hannah prayed, her circumstances remained the same, but she was different: “…when she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast (verse 18).” After her worship encounter with God, Hannah’s heart and mind were uplifted even as her waiting room journey continued. She experienced God’s blessing!

Like Hannah, we can choose to worship rather than feel like we’re impatiently waiting. If you are in a situation today where you’ve been praying and pacing but nothing seems to change, don’t lose hope! Worship God and remember He is at work in you as much as He is working in your circumstances!

Let’s Pray

God Almighty, there is nothing too hard for You! Even as You are powerful enough to do the impossible, I will wait for You in faith and not to try to force solutions. Like Hannah, I give You thanks for who You are and all the blessings You’ve given me. Instead of waiting and worrying, I will worship You.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Giving thanks to God is an important element of worshipping God. What can you give thanks to God for in your life today? Consider beginning a gratitude journal to help you remember God’s faithfulness while you’re waiting for Him to answer your prayers.

More from the Girlfriends
Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about equipping women to win at life with Christ-empowered strength and dignity. Since 2005, Barb has been speaking to audiences in the US and abroad. She’s a Bible teacher who loves following God more than anything else in life. Barb is a real woman who has experienced depression and anxiety, parenting challenges, and family addiction trauma. Rather than teaching audiences to follow God to get what they want; Barb inspires audiences to discover that God is all they need!

She is the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including her current release, I’m Waiting, God: Finding Blessing in God’s Delay.

15 Responses to “Finding Blessing in God’s Delays”

  1. Lesley says:

    Just what I needed today! Been waiting and looking for solutions! I think its time to try Hannah’s method! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      I love that, Lesley! Thank you for sharing your resolution with us. It’s so hard to wait, but when we worship, God strengthens us for the journey ahead. Blessings to you, Barb

  2. Yvonne says:

    Do you do speaking engagements.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Yvonne, thank you for asking! Yes, I will email you separately. You can also go to barbroose.com/speaking to check out my speaking topics and other information. Thanks for checking out today’s Girlfriends in God Devotional.

  3. Phyllis says:

    Today’s devotion Blessings in Waiting resonated with me.i am currently waiting to complete preoperative testing in preparation for heart valve replacement surgery. With a family history of successful outcomes the waiting in this COVID-19 environment is the most difficult part.
    Thank you for sharing

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Phyllis, that is definitely a big waiting room situation for many reasons. I’m glad that that today’s devotional encouraged you as you wait for your healthy journey to play out. God is with you and for you every step of the way! Barb Roose

  4. Sarah says:

    I needed this today. I am struggling and have been for a while. I am pregnant with my 4th child and I’m dealing with my husband’s porn addiction. It is causing a lot of issues in our marriage and a lot of issues for me mentally, emotionally, and even physically. I will lean on God and I know that he will help me through this. Thank you for always reminding me who to lean on and who I can trust.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Sarah, thank you for checking out today’s GiG devotional and sharing what’s happening in your life. If I was sitting next to you right now, I’d reach over and give you a big hug and pray with you. What you are doing through is so painful and hard. I love that you are willing to lean on God and that He will get you through this. Blessings to you, Barb Roose

  5. Debi says:

    Sarah, As I was reading the responses to today’s devotion, yours really rugged at my heart! I just want you to know that I am praying with you and for you. Praying for God to help you through this, but also praying for Him to heal your husband’s addiction. God Bless you!

  6. Debi says:

    Sarah, As I was reading the responses to today’s devotion, yours really tugged at my heart! I just want you to know that I am praying with you and for you. Praying for God to help you through this, but also praying for Him to heal your husband’s addiction. God Bless you!

  7. Diane says:

    Thank you for this devotion, I needed to hear this today. I had an endometrial biopsy performed a month ago, results were negative for cancer. Waiting for results was exhausting and not knowing if I was going to need hysterectomy.

    My body hadn’t fully recovered from procedure, causing more concern. I just want to thank You Jesus for a full recovery & no cancer.
    Many questions directed to God ran through my mind & I finally broke down crying & let my fears known to my Heavenly Father.

    Thank You Father for Your Mercy & Faithfulness!

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Diane, thank you for sharing what’s happening in your life with us. I’m sure that many others can relate to immense pressure and fears of waiting. It is hard! I’m so glad that you followed Hannah’s example and were real with how you felt before God. I’m so grateful that your results are negative for cancer – and that you moved closer to God during that difficult experience.

  8. Deborah. Bright says:

    Thank you for this beautiful God sent word. Loved while wating worship God. I recall all God has done for me my heart shout halelujah thank God I love you!! The burdens are lifted. God’s peace and rest comes. My heart and every fiber in my body silenced! Be still!
    Thank you Barb for your dedecation and obediences to God.

  9. Carrie says:

    Omgosh this hits right on for me! I feel like God has forgotten me like He don’t care like answers everyone else’s prayers . They get whatever they have been praying for. And it’s like been praying for few things. The one for like a year and NOTHING. Idk guess In like everything else in life I’m a disappointment/ fat / failure.

    • Barb Roose Barb Roose says:

      Hi Carrie, thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s so hard when we feel like God is answering everyone’s prayers, but we’re still waiting. My heart goes out to you for the difficult year that you’ve had. I pray that the blog post offers you hope and helps you remember that God hasn’t forgotten about you. Carrie, you are loved and seen by God.

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