Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired. Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
What happens in the "WAIT"?
We've cried out to the Lord and wonder if he has heard us.
There is a refinement of my "inner man" occurring. How do I know? The Word of the Lord says, "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6)
While it seems that nothing is happening, indeed I have become more dependent on the Lord. My heart longs to speak with him because at times I feel alone maybe even depressed and isolated. Does anyone understand?
My prayer may have become about timing nevertheless I am at his feet. How long Lord? He reminds me that, "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain." (Isaiah 53:3) He does know what is going on with me.
In this time of "WAIT" he is changing me. This process that I could not do on my own, he is accomplishing! He is taking this clay and shaping it. Sometimes he has to break me and start all over again. In the process I wonder, did I sin against you Lord; did I entertain evil and somehow became entangled. I search and find no relief, yet you have never left me. You are near even if I don't recognize it.
Perhaps my experience is like Jonah and I am running from you Lord.
I could be like Job and you have allowed the enemy to prove that I am loyal to you Lord.
David sinned against you and in his repentance you restored him.
Perhaps Joseph is a better resemblance of my affliction, I have been sold and in the near future I will say like he did, "what was meant for evil has turned out to accomplish good".
Everyone has to "WAIT" sometime.
Like a pregnant women waiting through the pain, life emerges and we soon forget the agony.
And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
No matter where we are on this journey, we must remember that God is looking for a people that reflect him. The process is painful but the results are fruitful.
If you can remember 1977, perhaps the old Heinz Ketchup commercial can make sense. "Anticipation its making me wait", The taste that's worth the wait.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:8)
When we understand that the Lord is working out all things for our good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose than the final product is worth the wait!
God bless you!~Liz