Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way.”
Y’all, I’m not very patient. I tend to want instant results whenever I start a new project. I can hardly wait for paint to dry on the walls before hanging pictures. Once I make a decision, I want to follow through with it. Now. It is definitely a weakness of mine.
As a mama, sometimes it has been hard for me to wait on a test result or a call from the doctor. Sometimes it is hard for me to wait for our new homeschool curriculum to arrive in the mail. On a larger scale, it is difficult for me to wait on the Lord to right all of the wrongs I see in our community and nation.
But in Scripture, we are told to rest and wait. We are not to fret and fear when we can’t see into the future. We are not to fret if some are more prosperous than us, either. He is there for us, and He holds us in His hand.
I think it’s so amazing that we are instructed to rest in Him while we wait. While I’m waiting, resting usually isn’t my first thought! I usually wonder what I can do to speed the process along. But all we are told to do is to rest, sweet mama. Just rest.
I was encouraged while reading an excerpt from the book, A Virtuous Woman by Ruth Mast today.
“Resting and waiting are difficult, especially when we see the next person prosper. Just because my sister has a row of happy children while I am childless, or because she relaxes in financial security while I suffer financial losses, does not mean I have the privilege to fret. Regardless of our station in life, we are to rest in the Lord and wait on His leading. This is also contentment.” (p. 150)
Despite hardships, the author says she “doesn’t have the privilege to fret” while resting and waiting on the Lord. And friends, neither do you or I. Our Father wants to keep us in perfect peace. We need to keep our focus on Him, and not let the enemy steal our joy while we wait.
This year has been one of the most difficult in my life due to a personal circumstance. So often I have forgotten to rest and wait. The Lord beckons me to do so. He beckons you to do so, too.
I hope this has been encouraging and helpful. We have so much to rejoice in, ladies! Let’s not forget that.
Now I’m off to snuggle my little guy and watch my little girls zoom around the living room on their roller skates. The Sabbath is just around the corner. Such blessings!
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