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Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

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The first time we took our children to a theme park, one of them commented at the end of the day that we had spent most of our day waiting in lines. However, this same child also said that the thrill of the rides had been well worth it. Following God sometimes feels like a day at a theme park. It has some exciting ups, some scary downs, and a lot of waiting in between.

I remember a season when I was waiting and wondering. About the time that our first child entered the toddler phase, my husband and I were excited to be expecting again. So, we were devastated when we experienced a miscarriage at seventeen weeks. We wanted to get pregnant again soon after that loss, but after eighteen months of trying, I wondered if perhaps we were going to have only one child. While I was grateful for my son, my heart longed to have more children. Those were long weeks and months of waiting, wondering, and praying. Can you think of a time when you were in a season of waiting for something to happen? Perhaps right now you are waiting on a job opportunity, a move, health to improve, a relationship to heal, or retirement to begin.

For most of us, waiting isn’t our favorite thing. The prophet Elijah found himself in a season when God hit the pause button in his life. He was hiding out by divine direction after Elijah told King Ahab that a three year drought was coming to Israel. The Lord told Elijah to go and hide by the Kerith brook. (1 Kings 17:1-4) Walking with God usually includes some long seasons of waiting.

Ahab wanted to harm Elijah even thought he was merely the messenger. God told Elijah to hide for his own protection. Waiting seasons don’t always mean we are scared or in trouble. Some seasons require withdrawing in obedience. Elijah’s seclusion provided time for solitude to prepare him for ministry in the years to come.

God designed us for community with other believers, but there are times when we must rely on Him alone. During these seasons, God supernaturally provides for the needs of His servants and protects them from danger. God hid Elijah away where no one would find him and had ravens bring him bread and meat. (1 Kings 17:6)

God is able to supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). He doesn’t promise that every whim and wish will be granted, but He does promise to provide for true needs. He has proven that to me time and time again just as He proved it to Elijah.

God will go to great lengths to take care of His people, providing for us emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. After waiting for almost two years for a second child, my husband and I were able to get pregnant again. And just ten days before birth, we found out we were not just having one baby! Our surprise twins remind me that waiting seasons don’t last forever. We can use those times to freak out and worry, or we can allow God to use our waiting seasons to prepare us for all He has in store for the future!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, you know that waiting seasons are not my favorite thing. Please help me to fix my eyes on You when I don’t know what will happen next. Help me to trust your timing. You provided for Elijah in incredible ways during his time of waiting. Give me eyes to see your protection and provision in my own life as I wait patiently for Your plan to unfold. Grow my faith as I listen and learn until I see Your plan come to fruition.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What are you waiting for right now? Take a moment to evaluate your own posture as you wait. Have you been filled with anxiety, worry, or fear? Or has this been a time of growth as you strain your eyes to see God’s protection and provision? Ask God to build your spiritual stamina as you pray and rely on Him during your personal seasons of waiting. If you would like to go deeper in studying Elijah’s life and the practices that led to his spiritual stamina, consider joining a summer launch team which will preview a new women’s Bible study on this topic. You can get all the details here: http://melissaspoelstra.com/elijah-launch-team/

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Melissa Spoelstra is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages know Christ more intimately through serious Bible study. She is the author of several women’s Bible studies including Numbers, First Corinthians, Joseph, and Jeremiah which include video teaching and daily study. Her newest study, Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season, will release in early August. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids. Find her online at www.melissaspoelstra.com.

12 Responses to “Waiting Seasons”

  1. Sonia Igarce Saldaña says:

    I needed this today and God speaks to me through this devotional. Amen amen!!!

  2. Rachel says:

    This really spoke to me today as we have been waiting to get a mortgage for nearly a year on the house we are renting. I am happy to say that I haven’t been filled with anxiety, worry or fear but peacefully waiting. It is really dragging on and the financial adviser is being very elusive but I am holding on to God and praying. Hard in some ways because my husband doesn’t pray with me or have a spiritual connection with me being a lapsed believer. Despite my loneliness I am at peace and confident that God will finish what he started. Thank you for today’s word.

  3. I would like to join the Bible study on Elijah but the link is currently not working. Can you please assist me.

  4. Keisha says:

    This was a great read! But the part about how although God wants us in community with other believers but sometimes he had us in a place where we have to rely on him alone was powerful! I’m in a waiting season of learning how God has to be your own source to rely on even when your phone doesn’t ring as much.

  5. abby says:

    oh my thank you for this. this hit home for me right now. in the ‘season of waiting”. and honestly waiting/patience isn’t my strong suit, but I am working on that. I can identify about the wait for wanting child. (the german in me lol) (hubby and I right now we don’t have a child placed in our home it has been a year and 2 months. we had several letters/calls/emails, but for few months was taking a break (my health and just to focus on us). and just didn’t feel that was the child that God was leading us towards/having peace/nudge from the Holy Spirit). I know that every kid will have their own “baggage” but just to make sure I am up for it 100% since now going through some more new health issues… a friend of my moms who is also a fellow sister in Christ
    has mentioned that is probably why we don’t have a child right now. He wants to make sure I get one of my health issues taken care of first… thank you for sharing your story. just feel I can kinda relate. and just wait on His timing, as well as to have more faith in Him. (which I do, but honestly it is hard sometimes ill be completely honest. ) ty again for this today. have a good rest of your day and hopefully nice weather your way.

  6. Kathy M says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. ❤️ This is my second reminder this morning to be patient and wait in God’s good plan. I have been waiting for over 2 years for a door to open and I get frustrated and impatient. I needed this reminder today so I can stop stressing and believe that God’s perfect plan wil be the best! May the Lord bless you!

  7. abby – thank so much for sharing. What an incredible time waiting both to work out health concerns and wait for God’s timing for a child. Saying a prayer for you right now!

  8. Hi Kathy – I love it when the Lord gives me several overlapping themes as confirmation. Waiting is difficult, but I agree that God’s perfect plan will definitely be best!

  9. Shelly says:

    Thank you…waiting is definitely hard. I needed this reminder today.

  10. Donna M says:

    Thank you for writing this, Melissa. God’s perfect timing for me to hear this and share with some loved ones

  11. Rebecca Jones says:

    He does make it beautiful, in His time.

  12. abby says:

    hi Rachel
    normally i don’t reply to comments, but yours i feel in the same boat. I hear you on that with the hubby. (even though love him dearly), my husband doesn’t pray or have a spiritual connection with me either. (even though he goes to church with me and does the soundbooth I do give him that). once in awhile he agrees with God on some things (just little things/He protected him with His angels watching over him). i too honestly feel lonely as well. whats the old saying “spouses that pray together stay together?). its just would be nice to have someone else read the bible/talk about God/praying/listening to klove and not turning it down with me/daily devotions whether beginning of day or at night. all we can do is just keep praying for our hubbys that they would do a complete 180 for the better and be filled with the Holy Spirit and Gods love for them. (also evenly yoked)
    i hope everything works out with you guys and would finally get a mortgage for your house.

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