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On a personal note – Waiting in Expectation…

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

Psalms 27:14 NLT

I’m in the middle of a season where I find myself asking the Lord for wisdom daily. I know that when I ask, He gives freely. But I admit, oftentimes, it’s not instant, nor packaged in ways that are obvious. It feels like the Lord hands me an answer that makes no sense in the moment.

But His answers contain wisdom far beyond my comprehension. In times where I’d asked for provision, He showed me how to steward what I already had well. In seasons where I’d prayed for a swift wind of change, He taught me to be patient. The moments when I prayed for strength, He granted me endurance. Somehow, He knew what I really needed in each and every situation. I only realized some pieces of it once time had passed.

Reflection shows you so much that you miss in the middle of a storm. Looking back, I had to come to terms with the fact that I didn’t always know best. That God’s ways were far beyond anything that I could ever imagine. That He was refining me in ways that I would have never thought about in my wildest dreams. God took my prayers and used them as a mirror, exposing areas in my character that weren’t a reflection of Him. God was using my very own circumstances to sharpen me.

As we pray to the Lord and seek Him for wisdom, we must be patient for His response. But what’s more important is how we wait; in expectation. We must remain confident that God will answer in a way that not only encourages us, but matures us. Even though, it may feel delayed or confusing; remember that His wisdom far surpasses ours and will ultimately serve us to be better Christians.

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