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Today’s Truth

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10a, NIV)

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Be still.

Huh…Do I have to?

Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word “still.” For a super productive ‘doer’ like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just plain goes against my grain!

Even when the word is used to describe the prolonged state of something (for example, “I still struggle with perfectionism”, or “He still hasn’t cleaned up this mess”, or “I am still waiting”) it continues to express a lack of progress, of forward motion, of gaining of new ground. None of these conditions put me at ease.

Yet in Today’s Truth, when the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s written as a directive to you and me, not merely a suggestion.

Huh…Then I guess I have to!

Last year my husband and I moved—by choice—500 miles away to a new home. In so doing, I left behind my friends, my family, my church body, my teaching career, my physical therapy practice…and the Island which had been my home since I was born. I quickly realized, after I had accomplished the tedious chore of unpacking our boxes and had completed the setup of our new home, that I hadn’t much else to do. No friends to lunch with, no students to teach, no patients to treat, and no local church ministry to put my energies into.

As I prayed fervently for all of these personal treasures to be restored to me, the Lord had an answer for me. He simply said, “Wait.”

Oh, no, not W-A-I-T!

The Holy Spirit basically told me to sit back and enjoy this season of wait. (Seriously, doesn’t He know who He’s talking to?) Additionally, He asked me to shake off the notions of what I wanted (and when) and instead to begin to pray for what Jesus wanted for me…in His time, and in His configuration. Then He redirected my prayers’ focus. He told me to pray for my growth IN THE SEASON OF WAIT.

That’s a whole new concept for a doer like myself!

There are so many things I am waiting for—have been waiting for—for many years. The salvation of sweet friends, family members, and neighbors; the healing of the physical bodies of a few of the people who hold a special place in my heart; for many a prodigal child. Each reason for wait creates for me a season of wait.

Now here’s where our waiting becomes God magnifying: Because we are forced to ‘be still’ during a season of wait, we can be sure the outcome has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with God. His plans, His promises come to fruition in His time and in His way.

Embracing this truth has enabled me to truly rest while being still—to not wish the wait away but rather lean into God and His Word during my seasons of wait, fully assured that my wait will indeed have an end date.

Let’s Pray

Jesus, I confess that my get-up-and-go often has me running out ahead of you, and sometimes even running in the wrong direction. Bless me with the ability to be content while I wait. Help me to live assured that the present waiting season is bringing about growth under the surface and is allowing for your “set up” to take place for my future. May I submit my life FULLY to your plans, your timing, Your will.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is it that you are waiting on at this present time? Have you been peaceful in your prayerfully waiting, or have you been fitfully “pacing” in your prayer time? Change your focus by asking the Lord what He wants to grow or accomplish in you as you wait on Him.

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6 Responses to “The Season of Wait”

  1. Danelle says:

    Love this devotion…thank you…really needed this right now, as I continue to wait for God to restore my marriage. Many long years of standing for what I feel God has told me to do, yet also “fighting” in my own strength to hold everything together or to work everything out in my own limited understanding. I have seen God do amazing things in bringing my “ex” husband so close back to me, then everything comes crashing down again. God has recently opened my eyes to the fact that this is HIS battle, a spiritual battle, and I need only to be still and He will bring me the victory. So wonderful to think about, but so difficult to live out. My career has also recently taken a downturn (I am a PTA, and since you mentioned you were a PT, I know you know the recent turmoil of the therapy world) and the struggle is real and the stress is stifling some days, as I wonder when my next day of work will be or how to transition to a new career. God is definitely at work in it all, as I continue to work on being still and going deepening my faith and trust in HIM.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Danelle, I hear you, girl, and more importantly, God hears and SEES you! You need only to remain faithful and push through the darkness of this “night. Only then will you reach the dawn of Hid deliverance!

  2. AngieB says:

    Oh my goodness. What a right on time word for me! I am in a season of transition (moving as well)in several areas of my life. It has felt very confusing to me at times but I really have not waited in some areas and moved before God directed. It became so clear when God spoke plainly to me after listening to the song Coming Back to The Heart of Worship by Michael W. Smith a few weeks ago. God clearly said to me, It’s Not About You, It’s About Me!!! And now I receive this word as another confirmation. Wow…God is so good! Thank you for sharing! Blessings
    AngieB

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Angie–Don’t you just love it when God speaks and then reaffirms?

      It is difficult to know the particulars of the will of God (where to move, which job to take, etc.), yet I believe more and more that the will of God is not in choosing the correct particulars, but rather in who we are becoming along the way (the sanctification process), how we worship Him in all ares of our lives and how seek to serve Him in our everyday life choices–provided they are God-honoring ones.

      Being in the middle of God’s will doesn’t mean lack of struggle, persecution or even defeat…a read of the BIBLE will confirm this fact numerous times over. Our becoming like Jesus happens more in times of struggle than in times of ease. I, for one of many, can testify to this!

  3. Patricia says:

    I have been waiting 7 years for my son to have a job at home. He is a pipeline helper right now he is working in a plant in Lima Ohio as a pipefitter. About 4 hours from home He wants a good job at home, he has a house here and a good Christian girlfriend. I have prayed and been disappointed so many times. Wait is a hard thing for me

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Patricia, I understand your momma’s heart! My son and daughter live very far from “home”. (My husband and I live in VA and my son is in CO and my daughter in OH!) Sometimes we need to lay down our desires for where we’d prefer for our children to live and instead be thankful for His provision for them and accept that His plan for them may take them to far away places. That said, our momma hearts will still ache with the distance…

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