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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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17 Responses to “The Season of Wait”

  1. Jenisha says:

    Good morning! This particular devotion really ministered to my life as I am waiting for a call from one of the many school districts I’ve applied to for a teaching job.The line that stood out to me the most is, “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.” I’m on the verge of tears right now because I was asking GOD lots of questions and feeling rejected as I was getting dressed for my summer job. I keep telling GOD “I can’t do this anymore. Is this really what my life is going to be like forever?” I’m growing weary as I wait. Please pray for me. God bless you.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Oh, Jenisha, Jesus sees you. He is answering your prayers according to His Will. Sometimes we need to remember the spiritual set up the Lord must prepare, both in and around us, in order for His perfect will to be accomplished. Hang on to Jesus. He never disappoints!

  2. Andrea says:

    Jenisha! My prayers are with you and that Gods timing is near. You are worthy and good things, well, sometime they take time.

    I have been in a wait time for a couple years. Being still is extremely hard. I pray daily. I try not to live unrealistically in my waiting. I try to not be impatient. But sometimes and lately, I wonder if I am mistaking be still in being stagnant. I feel stalled. Like I am waiting for something to happen that will make me say…..well there ya go, now I know what to do. But that hasn’t happened. And then I read further and parts of the Bible also tell me to start doing and he will find favor. But I wonder if what I am doing is right. I try, and I want to make that effort to be enough. But I don’t want to do the wrong thing at the wrong time. And I don’t want to be too still, so I don’t become further stuck.

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Andrea, there is an active wait and a stagnant wait. We must always be about the Lord’s work, even in the smallest of ways, while we are waiting for the big answer. Just as with an automobile, spiritually speaking, it is easier for the Lord to direct a person who is already moving in His will than one who is dead-stopped.

  3. Lena says:

    Wow Lisa, This is so for me right now. My husband asked me yesterday why I was a little snippy. I realized in talking it out that I was learning to wait differently than I have before. This wait is because I want to follow Gods plan and not my own, so when He doesnt speak right away I have to wait and I am ready to do it now and make everything smooth for us the way I see it.(silly me)
    Thank you so much for being a girlfriend in God in my life today, this has given me the right prescription for today.

  4. Kathy Sherwood Orser says:

    My most favorite Bible verse! I am hyper, perfectionist, and a doer. I don’t still well, this is our 4th summer in the last 5 with a cancer diagnosis….all different close family members. I have been listening to God about being still and have pruned many groups, activities, hobbies from my life in the quest to pursue God’s plan for me but this is tough. I am being still and praying.

  5. Joy says:

    This was confirmation for me in more ways than I would like for it to be, Lol.
    It’s hard when you don’t know the details of the “why” or the “when”, but I will wait on God despite my *strong* desire to change things for myself. Pray for me please!

    • Lisa Morrone Lisa Morrone says:

      Dear Joy…my prayer for you:

      Holy Father, thank you for holding our worlds together, for directing the “traffic” of our lives in such an omniscient way that our hindsight always reveals Your Hand having been at work. I ask on Joy’s behalf for your Hand to hold her still when need be and then to press her forward in pursuit of what you have predestined her to do. In your precious name, Jesus, AMEN!

  6. Mary says:

    I absolutely LOVE this! It speaks volumes to me! I have been in a season of waiting. I admit it has not been pretty. I tend to pace during waiting seasons because I know God is going to fulfill his promises I eagerly await them (pace during the wait) I get sick and tired of every one telling me: you need to be still, you need to wait, you are impatient. They are right though. It’s harder to wait when the season has lasted a decade or so. That’s the toughest one for me. It’s not a week, or weeks, a month, or months… it’s been years, and it’s so difficult to rest & be still. I will often think: others must be thinking I have no “get up and go” so I love your wording about get up and go…. it means I haven’t lost it (Praise God!), it means that I am learning the very important lesson on keeping a tight reign on my “get up and go” so I don’t blow it like I have in the past by moving ahead of God – and often going down the wrong path. It is also teaching me that this season of rest is a crucial time for me to “fill up” with God’s word so that I am not empty, but, rather, full of Christ and ready for my next season of doing- where beforehand, if I had not rested, I would not be as prepared to handle this next season. This devotion was impactful for me today, thank you!

  7. Rita says:

    If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought that this article was written by…ME!! From the waiting season to the moving your home to the prayers for the prodigal son…they ALL resonated with me.

    Thank you for the reminder that we need to rest in Him and to utilize this time to glorify God and listen and wait.

    Blessings,
    Rita Bell

  8. Kate says:

    Lisa, thank you for writing an article that crossed my path at exactly the right time! My season of wait has been lengthy- as a woman in her 40’s that has never been married and has no children. It has been easy to wonder what God’s path is for my life and if he hears my prayers. In the past, it has become a trap to compare what I have vs. what other women have been blessed with. Especially when the expectations for your own life aren’t met the way that you planned them. Finding gratitude in the seasons of wait can be tough. This article strengthens my resolve and my faith in the Lord knowing that he is with me and he has a plan for my life. Prayers to all the women who may have had broken relationships or are in a waiting period for love! God may use you to do amazing work that only you are able to accomplish.

  9. Alix says:

    Hello ladies!

    The prayer got me. I most certainly tend to run out ahead of God, and in the wrong direction sometimes! I’m waiting for an honest man, and reading this has (re)assured me that if things don’t work out and I’m waiting- it’s all in God’s will- it has nothing to do with me! I leave it all to him, so thank you for the reminder. I truly hope to make it on the cruise next year.
    I don’t even like cruises,and said I wouldn’t do another one… but I feel a pull to this.

  10. Jenisha says:

    Lisa and Andrea, GOD bless you both! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Andrea, I am praying for you in your time of waiting; I pray that GOD will direct you in the way you should go and in the work He requires of you as you wait in Him; I’m also praying He will clearly reveal to you when He wants you to “stand still” as you wait and when He wants you to “move” as you wait. May His perfect Peace abide in your heart as you trust in HIM.

  11. Bernadette says:

    Good Morning

    Thank you for the devotional. I had a conversation with myself and it makes sense to wait. If we do not wait on God and decide to do things on our own, we can end making a mess of things. And in turn, we have to ask God for help. IT MAKES SENSE TO WAIT

    The following song came to memory, see the link below if anyone would like to listen to the song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5AY1EYCNQc

    “Lord I thirst for you” – Keith Staten

    Be Blessed

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