faith, growth, test, wait

The Timing of God

Originally posted on May 29, 2009

 

Yesterday, my topic was “Wait on the Lord.” When we wait on the Lord, usually we are waiting on Him to answer requests we have put before Him. The catch here is that God will answer those prayers in His timing, not ours.

We live in such a “microwave” society that anything that takes longer than just a few minutes, we think it’s too long. Consider: we have drive-through restaurants, drive-through banks, drive-through car washes, drive-through pharmacies, and even drive-through grocery stores in some areas of the country. If we don’t want to cook, we zap a frozen dinner in the microwave and PRESTO! dinner is served. Or we pick up a fully prepared meal at the deli. Don’t get me wrong – I take advantage of all of these conveniences and will continue to do so. But my point is we are instantly gratified through these services and we have come to expect instant gratification from everything and everyone, including God. We think that as soon as we pray, the answer should be manifested. Oh, we may not go around spouting that thought out loud, but it’s there.

God’s timing has nothing to do with our instant gratification and everything to do with how we handle the wait. Do we wait in peace and expectation? (The word ‘expectation’ here means we are expecting – we believe – that God will answer.) Or do we fidget and fuss, frustrated at every little delay?

Waiting on God’s timing gives us so many opportunities for growth and I believe this is one reason He wants us to wait.

  • We have the opportunity to grow in faith. As we wait for God’s answer, we are trusting – growing in faith – that He will answer.
  • The testing of our faith as we wait, produces patience. (James 1:3)
  • Patience will “have its’ perfect work, that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4)
  • We grow in our relationship with God.
  • Our spiritual growth will be a witness to others.
  • The reward of receiving God’s answer to our request will far surpass the trials of waiting.

Abba Father, I am waiting. I wait with faith, joy, and patience. I wait with hope – a heart of peace and expectation. Thank you for answers to my prayers that will be manifested in the future and for answers you have already given. Amen.

(c) 2009 Edwina E. Cowgill

attack, God, test

A Test or An Attack?

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:29-30

I believe the Word of God. I believe it is all true. But I must confess that over the last few days I’ve questioned the above scripture. Maybe God has been testing my limits and if that’s the case, I’ve flunked the course.

If you read the previous blog I posted, you will remember that April has been a challenging month for my family. Please allow me to summarize:

1. On April 5, my daughter, Kim, had carpel tunnel surgery on her left hand. She is left handed so this was not only painful, but also very inconvenient for her.

2. On April 13, my sister had a total knee replacement surgery. On that same day, I had an attack of vertigo that was severe enough to keep me home, unable to do much of anything, for ten days.

3. On Monday, April 19, around 5:00 PM, my dad called and needed someone to take him to the ER. Because I was still having vertigo, my daughter drove him and my mom to the ER. Almost 10 hours later, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, they were back home.

4. I made it back to work on Wednesday, April 21, but at 5:30 Thursday morning, my phone rang and it was my mom. My dad was in so much back pain that I could hear him yelling over the phone. I threw on some clothes, made it to their house in record time and called the paramedics. This time, he was admitted to the hospital (as he should have been on
Monday) and has been hospitalized ever since. (The doctor just came in and daddy is going home today!)

5. On April 26, Kim had carpel tunnel surgery on her right hand and I was not able to be with her because I was at the hospital with my mom and dad. (FYI: My mom will not let my dad be “by himself” at the hospital anymore than she has to. I’ve been staying with her at night and we leave every morning by 7:15 headed for the hospital and we don’t leave to go back home until around 6:30 – 7:00 at night.)

6. On Friday, April 30, I dropped my mom off at the hospital, went grocery shopping for my parents, went by their house, put the groceries up and was returning to the hospital when I was in a car wreck. It was my fault – I did not see a car coming and pulled out in front of the car. I was driving my dad’s car and her car broadsided me. Neither the other driver or myself were seriously injured – bruised and banged up and still sore. My dad’s car is a mess. The driver’s door and passenger door were completely pushed in. I’ve not heard from the insurance company, so we don’t know what will happen in that regard. My sweet husband said that “maybe this is a good time to ‘take the car away.’” After all, my dad will be 86 in August.

So what’s going on here? Has the month of April been a test from God? Or an attack of the enemy? I would appreciate your thoughts and opinions because if this is a test from God, I need to repent for flunking. And if this is an attack of the enemy, I need to tighten up the armor. Or maybe I’ll just do both!