Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NLT
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
The typical Christian has high expectations when they ask God for His Divine intervention. Whether it is for healing, to change a situation, break ungodly habits or financial relief, we are praying for immediate resolution. There is a prayer that is used to illustrate our mindset: “God, please give me patience, right now.” It seems absurd that we would attempt- through our prayers to place God on demand. Even so, we are presenting the problem along with our solutions for God to approve with immediacy.
Waiting on the Lord requires two key elements: a complete dependence on God and a willingness to allow Him to decide the terms, including the timing of His plan. Becoming independent is a pursuit for many individuals, the standards of success promote “I did it” and “I made it” without giving recognition to other factors or persons that helped with the journey. We pride ourselves in the development of our plans and have high expectations that God has pre-approved the terms and the timing. Emptying ourselves of preconceived plans remains an ongoing challenge for many of us.
In the final year of my career, I applied for a job as a Business Manager for a local Home Health company. The for-profit organization offered the position immediately due to my status as a Registered Nurse pursuing a degree in Business-Technical Management. With a background as a business owner (tutoring nursing grads to pass their licensure exam) the salary, benefits, and perks were phenomenal, and I accepted the position without asking God. Well, we know how the story ended; a bait and switch occurred within one month where I was expected to also work as a Clinical Manager without additional compensation. I was devastated. Why would God take my blessing from me?
Really? I can assure you that was not the circumstance. God gave me an answer of no and I did not accept His will for me. The same week that I accepted the position, I accompanied my mother to her medical appointment and we started chatting about my nursing career. I happily shared my newly-acquired position with Dr. K and expressed my desire for him to provide patient referrals to our agency. Imagine my surprise when he told me that he didn’t think that would be the right position for me because I would be required to compromise my ethics and my beliefs. The day that I wrote my resignation, I sadly remembered my disobedience to God’s answer of “no.”
I continue the uphill journey to wait on the Lord. It is the pursuit of what pleases me, that is in opposition to God’s thoughts and plans. Now that I am weary from sliding down into the valley of my desires; my prayers have changed, and I am asking God to reveal His will for my life. Total submission in faith is what God requires and I know that His plan for me will always end in victory.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I give you my will. Please give me the desire to wait for your answer and plans for my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz