Hummingbirds. I enjoy watching the frenzy of these busy little birds as they stop by for a quick visit just outside our dining room window. Photography is fun for me and my camera is usually not too far away--so this opportunity arose. She just sat there. No cares-no worries-just enjoying the view of my flower garden sitting on my primitive heart shaped weather vane.
At that season of my life I was in a time of waiting. Waiting on God in a set of what seemed to be impossible circumstances that rocked my world. And click-a snapshot from God Himself to this war torn woman who was trapped in a frenzy of worry, despair and deep soul wounds. God showed me something that day in His Word. "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10. If this hurried hummingbird can sit on a little heart and drink in the beauty--so could I. I just didn't know how. I desperately needed soul rest and God used this feathered friend to give me a picture of how to get through a time of waiting on God. He taught me to slow down and drink in His presence and see the beauty that is unfolding despite the blackness that seemed to surround me. It wasn't a change of circumstances, it was a change in perspective. He taught me how to rest on the very heart of God--The Word of God—for answers. I love it when God connects His precious Word to the hot pavement of real life.
Are you in a season of waiting? Surrounded by a darkness that doesn't go away? Does it seems like God is pressing the pause button on your future or you are falling apart because of a situation you are facing and your prayers hit the ceiling? There is LIVING HOPE for the here and now. Let's shed some TRUTH into this time of waiting.
1. God has never failed.
"Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. " Joshua 21:45
God has never failed His people. Not once. Ever. Throughout the entire Bible God proves Himself to be faithful and victorious in every situation. His promises have never been broken and each one He has kept throughout all time and history. “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Numbers 23:19 He wants you to learn to trust Him and to surrender the outcome to His all knowing, sovereign plan. Can you remember a previous trial or situation in your life that you felt God had abandon you, only to find afterward that He was with you the entire time? This current valley is no different. He has never failed-and He won't stop now. God is on His throne and His plans are so far above what our finite eyes can see. Ask God to give you new eyes to see His unfailing love, unfailing grace and unfailing power.
2. This is a spiritual battle.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
God is using this mess right now to produce in you AUTHENTIC FAITH. The kind of faith that turns a little girl into a mighty warrior princess of the Most High King! And for that we need some armor! ( See Ephesians 6:10-18) He is in the process of building you a new identity in Christ. Your enemy is not a person. Your enemy is not a situation. Your enemy isn't even yourself. Your enemy is a SPIRIT working through those things. He is wanting to give you so much more than fixing the mess and moving on! Know who you are fighting and remember that victory is won on our knees in prayer.
3. Remember Who you are waiting on.
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27
You are waiting on the God of the Universe to move on your behalf. The authors of the Gospels knew that joy and hope didn't come from a change of circumstances. Joy, Hope, Comfort and Counsel come by being rooted in a PERSON. His name is Jesus. It isn't about perfect circumstances--it's about a heart that is being perfected in the circumstance by a Perfect God. Fixing our eyes on an All Knowing-All Powerful Savior grounds us. It sustains us. It gives us a different perspective of Hope. He wants you to see HIM in your season of waiting. He is worthy of worship even when we don't understand. When we see Him as LORD, and not a genie in a bottle, things look completely different.