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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. Please 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, and 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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9 Responses to “The Season of Wait”

  1. Pam says:

    Today I wait. I’ve been waiting three and a half years. That was the last time I heard from my son. He moved across the country to an undisclosed address, has a new phone number and has me blocked on social media. I pray for him and I wait. If you read this, please say a prayer for Jeremy and a prayer for me. Today I wait. What, Lord, do you desire to grow or accomplish in me in the meantime? I’m listening.

  2. carol says:

    Dear Lisa
    Thank you, so much for your devotion this am.
    I am not a great wait-er. I have made an intentional practice, in this season of “waiting”, to ask our Father to please, handle this crazy situation in His own time.
    I’ve been reading the Old Testament, to remind myself, that God uses people and situations to move life and people to His purpose.
    Thanks, for being here! Continued Blessings in your postings!

  3. Carolyn G says:

    Wow Lisa,

    Just what I needed to read this morning. I am in a season of waiting to make better connections with new and old friends. I have been taking this time to open myself to making connections including micro-connections. These are the connections of people you smile at the supermarket when you walk by, the waitress who takes my order etc. God is showing me my path!

  4. Debora says:

    Pam, you, Jeremy and family will be in my prayers. 💜

  5. Carola says:

    Bendiciones.Estoy orando para que mi esposo tenga su corazon ,mente y cuerpo en santidad.y ahora se que Dios lo hará..gracias por el recordatorio , sabemos que la esperanza en Dios no avergüenza.

    Gracias Bendiciones.

  6. Cathy says:

    Pam,
    My heart breaks for you.
    I will pray for you and for Jeremy. My mom is going through the same hurt with my brother.
    All we can do is pray, hope and wait.
    I’m sending you a hug, Pam. Lifting you and your family in prayer as you wait. 🙏🏽❤️

  7. Lisa Morrone says:

    Oh, Pam…me heart aches with yours today. “Lord Jesus, please, please stir in Jeremy the desire to build a bridge back to his mother’s heart, to forgive whatever grievance he has against her and restore the bond of mother and son. In your Mighty Name I pray, Amen!”

  8. Lisa Morrone says:

    Carola, I pray alongside you for your husband. “Jesus, would you draw this dear man’s heart, mind and body to yourself. Restore the years the locusts have stolen. Build a new heart in him for Carola as well. In your precious name, Jesus, Amen!”

  9. Laura says:

    Thank you for your post. A friend shared it today on her Soul Shine FB page, just as she welcomed me back to blogging. Your words touched me. My husband and I are moving 1500 miles away from home this coming summer, after my daughter graduates. I have thought about the things you mention and I feel Gods peace wash over me…. I join you in your season of waiting.

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