Ruth: Day 9

Waiting as Obedience

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Today's Text: Ruth 3:14-18, Proverbs 31:10-11, Matthew 22:23-33

Text: Ruth 3:14-18, Proverbs 31:10-11, Matthew 22:23-33

Have there been times in your life when you’ve felt a strong call by the Lord to pursue something? I have. I often start strong, feeling bold and excited, my heart ready and willing to obey. I can’t help but think, This is it! This is the moment life changes because I said yes!

Then, inevitably, a bend or a bump in the smooth, straight road I envisioned leaves me doubting. But wait. I said yes. I was obedient. So why is this still so hard?

Ruth has said all the right yeses in her story. She has been faithful to her mother-in-law Naomi in many ways, but especially so where Boaz is concerned. Ruth has truly put herself out there in trust, and it seems everything has been leading up to this moment.

What a surprise it must have been to be told simply to wait—and not for a certain amount of time, but indefinitely. (Indefinite waiting is the worst kind of waiting, if you ask me.) Ruth was instructed to wait until Boaz found the nearer kin, or redeemer, and ask if that man would marry Ruth, per the custom of their culture (Ruth 3:12-13). And who knew how long that would take or what would happen?

We aren’t told if this frustrated Ruth, but it frustrates me for her. This is the point where I’d likely throw in the towel, caught up in a thought spiral that goes something like this: Well, it’s all over now. I’ll be married to some man I’ve never met, these past few months will have been a total waste, and all I’ll have to show for it is a sore back and some barley. Perfect.

But Naomi—the same woman who once named herself “Bitter”—offered enough faith for the both of them. She encouraged Ruth, saying, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out” (Ruth 3:18).

Wait, and then wait again. Isn’t this the way of life? Nowhere are we promised an easy time just because we obey or come to what we believe is a capital-A Answer. But our Father waits too—both with us and for us. His Word says that He longs to be gracious toward us and show us compassion and mercy (Isaiah 30:18). “His steadfast love endures forever,” through all things, all the time, just like the psalm says (Psalm 118).

This doesn’t mean that things will turn out exactly the way we think they should. But it does mean that God’s hand is always at work in our story, even when we can’t see it. Even when we’re waiting. God’s plan would have still gone ahead of Ruth, even if Boaz came back to say he couldn’t marry her. She would still have been God’s daughter, and His covenant promise to her would still have been true.

In your waiting place, cling to the hope that God will not leave our stories unfinished or unredeemed. They may not look how we expected but, as with Ruth and Naomi, our story is His story. We can wait with hope, and we can trust and obey with confidence. Thanks be to God.

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  • The Lord has been reverberating the word “cling” in my readings recently, and the author of this devo also used it. Reading Ruth this time, I am so keenly aware that Naomi and Ruth’s story is one of clinging to the Lord, when things are uncertain, in waiting and in action, in loss and in triumph. Clinging, means for dear life. That we cannot live or do anything without God. Thank you Father that we may cling onto you in all seasons of life.

  • patsy Anne

    There comes a time of “waiting” but there comes a point when most likely a multitude of people are involved in the decision making! This is unfair to the person waiting as they are the innocent party & maybe they have been waiting for decades which is damaging their mental & physical health. ONE PERSON has to make the “call”.

  • I had so much faith I was going to be given a daughter – after
    Reading Ruth I feel like its God’s way of saying no. Did I totally miss the point???

    • Monica

      Most probably not, Ruth is God’s way of saying that He’s writing your story, even though it might not look exactly the way you pictured that it was going to turn out, look at what happened to Naomi in the end as well. God might use your pain to bring joy to others as well when He restores you. Was talking to someone yesterday and she sent me the following link which I think might help a bit, promise it’s nothing funny..
      https://youtu.be/uKjh2Rqwmdo
      May God increase you and then multiply your increase*

  • I am in awe how the Lord spoke loudly and directly to my heart during this day’s reading! He’s been speaking to me and over me for a few weeks, but I failed to hear Him until this very moment. I have been brought out into the light and for that I am so grateful. Tune my heart Lord. Forever and Alway!

  • I am an impatient waiter! I needed this day 9 message from the study of Ruth..today! God’s timing is perfect, always!

  • Bessie Thomas

    I love that verse in Isaiah that says the Lord waits to be gracious to us..as we long to know His plan for us..He longs to show it to us..but when the time is right..He knows what’s worth the wait!

  • Wow. Thank you so much for this.
    I really needed this in my life right now.
    I have never been as stressed professionally as I am now.
    I know things I can to do remedy it but I don’t feel I can do all of those things because I have so much fear.
    I feel bad saying it but yes I have felt like God let me slip, he has slipped away from me & is not working.
    I have kept seeing however that he is.
    Ruth is exactly what I need.
    Thank you.

  • Amanda Mae

    As I read and made notes in my SRT book, the second half of v. 18 was what jumped out at me before I read this devotional – “…he won’t rest unless he resolves this today.”

    I wonder if “today” would’ve given Ruth the comfort, hope and expectancy it gives me. If God told me He would take care of a matter today, I’d be super excited! But I find my life parallel’s Naomi’s story more – my faith being challenged in the wait, as God seems to move at a glacial speed.

  • Exactly what I needed today. Thank you.

  • Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I was asked to step up into a roll in Women’s Ministries. I did, made the timeline and thought we were on the same page. Then someone who didn’t read how the study is supposed to go changed the timeline and we won’t now have time to discuss the video. It was taken back from me, but with a positive spin emailing me to let me know I’m “off the hook.” I’m confused and frustrated and now we can’t discuss it until Tuesday, the first day of our new session. I have no idea why this happened, but I’m waiting on the Lord.

  • Katie Beth

    Waiting… is so hard. Waiting patiently like Ruth is even harder. Because I’ve been sick for over 4 years, I keep playing the waiting game. Everyday. Multiple doctors, several diagnosis, so many unanswered questions. However, this reminds me that I should be waiting for answers patiently. I also have HOPE that my story and journey is only part of the unfinished story that God has prepared for me. Love & prayers to all who are waiting..

    • Sarah Pribbenow

      Katie you should be proud of yourself! 4 years is a long time. I just prayed for you. I pray healing and that the Lord would draw you so incredibly close to him. God bless you sister in Christ

    • Kate

      Praying for you today!

  • Thank you Jesus that you are here in the waiting place with me. I am NOT alone and will not be left with an unfinished story. You hold my hand in this waiting time and are on the move even when I cannot see.

  • Really good! I have done a lot of waiting the past couple of years, and today I am feeling thankful that God has still been at work in my life *even when I cannot see it*. When finally receiving some answers to prayers, I am reflecting on that “waiting period” and seeing how God was at work! Exciting stuff!

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  • DebbieinAZ

    After reading so many comments about waiting, I would like to express my thoughts on the matter. First off, let me preface it by saying I am a 55 year old woman, married most of my life. And… I have still had many seasons of waiting in my lifetime. Much of my life I’ve spent in “limbo”, not knowing what the next step should be, what the next season held, what my purpose even was. But God….

    I believe that God allows these seasons in our lives, whether waiting to find the perfect mate, the perfect job, any job, etc.. So that we will draw near to Him. So that we seek Him. So that we can learn contentment in Him, whatever the situation. When I have been in the waiting times, and finally threw my hands up and said, “ok God, what ever you have planned is ok with me”, that is when I finally got clarity on things. I finally realized I was suppose to be a stay at home mom, I was suppose to move across country, I was suppose to go back to school, or I was suppose to sit and wait… In faith. He gave me peace about my situation, whether it was what I had planned or not. (Usually not).

    I’m praying for all of you sisters in Christ. Remember, God has a plan for you. I pray that His plans become your plans and you find peace and contentment there. Have a blessed day.

  • Thanks so much for this I’m saving the quote as my mobile phone screen saver God has totally used it to speak to me and this article to encourage me, my life is definitely different than I wanted and sometimes it threatens my joy and happiness I even had the devil telling me to do end it all. I’m 30 living with my mom and younger brother and now my grandmother has moved in I love my family but me and my mom should not be living together it is the hardest thing I have ever been through in my life. I went to uni at 23 and lived in Birmingham city for two years due to finances being low and the job market looking grim I am living with my mom I felt like such a loser. I am independent minded, ambitous, I know what I want and need in life and here I am 30 under my mothers ruth plus my mom can be quite manipulative at times.

    I cried out to God today as it always feels like I’m behind everyone that I know now I have to deal with a cousin way younger than me having a baby with her boyfriend and getting married soon someone who did not want kids young or marriage I’m happy for her but the enemy has been saying and here’s you becca you always wanted that at a young age and your thirty and have none of it, its better in the world. I am praying thorugh my discouragement this article today has given me more of an open minded perspective I know God wants me to trust him with my life please pray for me that I will hold on until my change come its been years and I’m still stuck in the hard season I honestly don’t know how much longer I can keep trusting and believing while each year passes and I get older, it makes me question my mortality like am I only here to serve God? but never be happy with how my life looks, seriously need all the prayers in the world right now.

    Thanks

    • Ashley

      Becca- I understand where you are coming from and sometimes it is hard for us to remember that the things we see around us aren’t our reality, but our reality is what God says about us. Remember to not compare yourself to those around you but only to God’s Word and promises for you. God can propel you at any moment to the place He has for you that will make a mockery of the place you thought you should be. (His ways & thoughts are higher than ours). He is sovereign and He has the last say, no matter what it looks like. Take courage because God is still on the throne so your story will be God’s and that’s the best. I’m praying for you!

    • Anna

      Becca, as I was reading your heartache and praying for you, the story of Abraham and Sarai came to my mind. There’s that question hanging, how much longer can I keep trusting? With that question, what is the alternative to trusting God? Trusting in the voice of the enemy who wants to lead you down a path that looks better? God shows us what happens when we give up on trusting and waiting, through Abraham and Sarai’s life – it never goes well. I know this doesn’t make it any easier, but I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the One who loves you deeply and Who brings you life, and not to be tempted by the lies of the one who wants to lead you into misery. God is faithful.

    • Hbreu

      Becca- thanks for your honesty! I totally get it to an extent I’m a little younger than you but I can imagine those feelings being at home at 30. I had to live at home for a while after my first adult job after college didn’t work out as I planned I felt like a failure then I moved to my aunt and uncles and lived there for a year. I just got into a new place finally bc I saved enough and now I’m struggling bc my roommates are frustrating and one is bipolar and now I wish I would have stayed with my aunt after struggling to get out. I feel always discontent and I’m now in a spot of such a joyless attitude. Not only that I hate my job and want to get out so badly but now that I have rent I’m stuck. And all my friends are getting married. Recently I’ve been reading a lot about this similar topic and God has put so much peace in my heart. It’s definitely not perfect because I dip into the valleys but as an equally frustrated and impatient person I lift you up in prayer that God will begin pulling back the layers that cause you the discontent and misery. God made the stars and the moon and the galaxy and. Every grain of sand every beast on the earth and he looked at you and said I have to have you too! You are so important! Know that I’m walking with you in this struggle and I hope you find something that gives you rest today and feel loved by God’s people and more importantly by God.

    • Nana

      What Ashley said, Becca. I also live with my family for the same reasons you mentioned and trust me, you don’t want to compare yourself to the world; you don’t belong to it, you belong to God. It was until I asked God to take control of my life and show me what it means to follow Him that I truly understood. Ask God to show you what He wants, He’s waiting and He is very patient :) I would also encourage you to listen to the song Higher by the group Unspoken. There is a reason that you are in this, read James 1:2-12. We are tested to see if the faith we say we have in God is real. Do we love Him only when He blesses us with material things or do we love Him no matter what our lives looks like? Don’t fret, God loves you so much and is with you every step of the way. Use the season that you are in to seek Him wholeheartedly and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. All your sisters in Christ are with you and we are praying with you and for you. Love you!

  • Keri Underwood

    I think one of the hardest things to learn is how to wait on God. To wait on direction and answers. Lord, may we wait patiently for you and with a joyful heart.

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • Ah, this is where I am right now. Waiting season. I feel like God is also waiting on me, saying “rest. Be still. I will fight for you. Will you trust me?” He’s waiting on me to trust Him.

    This morning I asked my mentor whom I talk to daily about my struggles, if sometimes surrender to the Lord just feels awkward. Her answer was yes.

    This was a relief! Sometimes I expect my trusting and waiting to be this peaceful moment of pure quiet, and easy-peasy.
    Not so. Sometimes it’s kicking and screaming then just being obedient to God.
    I’m in a waiting place where I just have to say God I trust you, this hurts, it feels horrible, but I trust you. I’m waiting Lord, please sit with me.

    This study has been so beautiful and touched my heart more than I could have imagined. Praying for each of you ladies!

    • Catherine

      This is beautiful. Thank you for this truth. I believe I was meant to read it now. X

  • Susie Owen

    Amen!

  • Jennifer W.

    Ah! This brings back so many memories! I had such a passion to be in a godly marriage and raise my children up in Christ as a testimony of the Father’s love and Christ and His Church, yet singleness stretched on and on. I was actually in full-time ministry but never found my groove.
    God didn’t leave my story unfinished. A little later than I imagined, He brought me to the opportunity to be a godly wife and mother. Now I SO need Him to help me keep focused and live out that passion and not get pulled in so many other directions!

  • This passage was particularly striking to me today. I am worn down by depression, loss, and anxiety as I face health problems that prohibit me from doing what I love, my sport. I want to be an athlete, and I feel that God has called me to this passion, but it feels that my recent health issues have taken this passion away from me. I feel that I am always waiting to heal, and will never get better. I can already see that this time spent understanding what it is like to face defeat and disappointment is preparing me for a life with clients as a Speech Pathologist. Lord, I recognize that your plan is greater, and that your plan is different than what I ever imagined. I am thankful that You are the author of my story. I trust you, and seek to obey you with confidence.

    • Erin

      Hold strong to your faith Sarah! I will be praying for your healing–both physical and emotional!

      PS– I’m also preparing for my life as an SLP!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I’m exactly at that stage of waiting. Last fall I felt called by God to apply to graduate school. I had such amazing peace about it all. The process, though hard, went smoothly. Then after several hard months of waiting I received all rejection letters. My heart was sad and disappointed. I could not understand how God could have called me to something that would end up not happening. This past week I’ve been thinking about how I would be packing to move closer to one of the universities, and well that has just made a bit sad again. However, I praise God for what he has done for me already, for never leaving my side and always being faithful. I’ve come to terms with God’s decision and I want to pursue his will. I will keep waiting and praying and hoping, and maybe one day He will show me the way in which I should walk. Thank you for the reminder to trust in God’s faithfulness.

  • jessiechatchat

    Waiting, being in transition, feels like 90 percent of life! Maybe the reason more mature people are more patient is because they embrace this. Life is not the movie, it’s the line, drive, wait to get into the theater. Recently helped a friend write a free e-book on transitions and ease/grace therein. Download at http://www.dannykimm.com

  • jamie soper

    sometimes the change I am trying on seems like what I want instead of what God has for me. His will not mine. I don’t want to do something that he doesn’t want me to do, but how do I know? Oh how I wish I could hear Him as well as others can.

  • Praying for you and your family, Kelly! I could also use some prayers as I walk through a season of waiting. I’ve been feeling discouraged by several different circumstances in my life, including being diagnosed with a rare neurological problem, and am waiting on more tests, both for this issue and another one that was found in the same MRI. I also ended my engagement last spring, and have now entered another season of waiting in singleness. I don’t have a lot of Christian community here, and I’ve had a hard time finding Bible studies that I’m able to go to with my schedule, so I’ve felt isolated and overwhelmed. I know that God does have a purpose and will use this for my good. No matter the outcome of any of these issues, He is still good and righteous and sovereign, and I know that He still is lovingly pursuing me. I would love some prayer for these seasons of waiting, and will be praying for the other requests I’ve seen here.

  • When I was 19 I received a promise from the Lord that He was preparing a man for me; to wait and be patient. There were times when I definitely wasn’t patient, but wait I did! I would sometimes cry myself to sleep or sob in the shower because I was so, so lonely and I just didn’t know when my guy would come along. I missed him and I didn’t even know him! I knew he had to be somebody amazing!! Well….at 28 years old, I am now engaged to the man I was waiting for and we will be married in April of next year. God has had His hand on my fiancé and I and our relationship since before we even began talking or dating. I’ve never thought of my years of waiting as obedience but I guess they were! So interesting to think of it like that. God is so faithful.

    • Terese

      Thanks for sharing such an encouraging story! Many blessings to you and your soon-to-be husband as you begin this new chapter in your life together.

  • I too am praying for you Kelly. There is no playbook for grieving. No right or wrong way to feel or act. No timetable to follow. One day (or moment) at a time is fine. Surround yourself with those that allow you that. God can handle your questions. Take comfort in times that you don’t know how to pray or just flat out can’t that the Spirit intercedes on your behalf, Rom 8:26. A friend sent me the devotional Streams In The Dessert that I found helpful. And on the days that you find the reading for that day doesn’t sit well for where you are right then…. that’s ok too. Blessings and prayers for you and yours

  • Praying for you today Kelly. One of my go to verses when I’m struggling is Isaiah 43:1-2
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    v. 2 ***When you pass through the waters,
    I WILL BE WITH YOU;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they WILL NOT sweep over you. ****
    When you walk through the fire,
    You WILL NOT be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
    v. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

    I hope this brings some comfort. I love verse 2 when it gives the description of what I imagine to be drowning in water or getting caught up in deep and stormy waters. I can’t begin to imagine your grief. I just know that this verse has carried me through some very dark times. Times when I felt like I was drowning. Neck high in water…strong waters…angry river water or strong ocean current water. The feeling of being so overcome with sorrow and not seeing a way out… Well, He is there. He is with you. The water WILL NOT drown you. The strong, rushing river current WILL NOT over take you. He will get you through. One minute at a time, one hour, one day, one treading of water motion at a time. He promises it will not drown you, it will not sweep over you, and the fire will not burn you. I hope this encourages you in your sorrow. Praying for you and your family.

    Ashley

  • Megan Hope

    Kelly I would LOVE to pray along side of you! There is PURPOSE in pain and God meets us there with love every time! Read Psalms 42. It’s my favorite Psalm because it describes the pain of the Christian walk so well. The Lord is FAITHFUL in RESTORATION. Even if it ends up being the complete opposite way we wanted or pictured. His will WILL BE DONE on earth as it is in Heaven. And His will is GOOD.
    “Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of understanding. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives.” – Francis Chan

  • I’m in the middle of the hardest waiting period of my life. We lost our little girl to cancer almost 4 weeks ago. I would love your prayers as my family waits for peace and healing, and for joy again. We are waiting on God to make beauty from the ashes of our broken hearts. We’ve heard many stories of those who have been drawn closer to the Lord through our baby’s fight, and we are thankful, but it doesn’t stop the pain. We are waiting on the new “normal” to feel ok. My other children are waiting on their mom to feel like she can laugh and play with them again. I’m waiting on the day I can wake up thankful for the day instead of dreading and wondering how I’m going to find my way through another hard day. We are waiting until the day we are reunited with her and we thank God for that promise. But while we are waiting, it HURTS. I don’t understand His ways.

    • Mary

      Praying for you, sweet friend, in this waiting time.

    • JBH

      Praying for you and your family, for God to restore joy as only He can.

    • Churchmouse

      Oh Kelly. My heart breaks for you. Certainly will pray for God to show you how close He really is and how He weeps with you. Trusting that He will honor your faithful waiting by redeeming this time with joy once again.

    • kate

      Kelly, I too, lost my girl (age 8) to cancer. it was three and a half years ago. I know your pain, I know your confusion. Don’t rush through the hurt, friend. Because the laughter will come again. You will one day learn how to laugh and love those around you while yet mourn your loss. Take the waiting time to sob, to wail, to question, to doubt. And take it to learn. Learn and understand that Jesus suffers in our suffering. That every amazing woman in the bible also suffered greatly, that there is a community of women who have experienced the worst of pain. And have risen above the ashes. There is comfort in that. But I do promise you that the joy will come. And by the way, don’t force yourself to chin up for anyone. There is a time for weeping, and so weep until your tears run dry, then weep some more. The new normal will be awkward for years to come, but eventually you will find how you fit. And when it’s time, look heavenward, as there is so much life to be lived and family to cherish, babies to love. The joy will come.

    • Missy

      My heart breaks for you sweet mama. I can’t imagine the heart ache! I will be praying for you, for peace in your family, for the Holy Spirit to come in and flood you all with His comfort, and for you to find refuge in the Shadow of His Wings. His love never quits!!

  • As I read this message today I’ve realized more so there is more hidden meaning behind each scripture that I don’t fully understand…
    So I ask ladies to pray that my heart becomes more receptive to the truth and for strength to carry on my walk with Christ!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying with you, Kayla! Grateful for truth!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Cheska Robinson

    I have always loved Ruth’s story, but it was not until this series that I began to understand her more. I love her story even more for her quiet steadfastness and faith, and pray that I too may be more like her in my own life– patient and trusting. As a young girl, I was impatient and wanted things my way. I couldn’t understand the wait, especially since I did all that I was told to do, and was ever the obedient daughter. I followed and was led to more waiting. Weren’t there supposed to be happily ever afters after the wait? God is the only one who truly knows my path, and so even as I struggle with waiting, I put my trust and faith in Him.

  • Here’s the bottom line real truth for me…. I’ve been so hurt by the blindside end of a long marriage that any trust I had was shattered. If I’m being honest it also makes trusting anyone and God very difficult. I want to but….

    • Churchmouse

      I’m so sorry for your pain. Please keep talking to God from the depths of your hurt. Let Him know how you feel. Please be willing to keep an ear out for what He will say and an eye out for what He will do. He has not abandoned you. He does care.

    • rochelle

      I can’t imagine your pain, Frieda. I’m so sorry. I do know what it’s like to feel…like God is looking the other way. He’s not, though. You are seen, and you are loved. Hope it gets better.

  • I’ve been in a season of waiting for 5 years and have hit another wall in the “waiting game.” Thank you, thank you, thank you for this encouragement. I have been purposely praying this week for strength and direction…God’s timing is SO good!!! :)

    ~xoxo

  • Claire Massey

    I just caught up on this whole series and it is just what I needed! I am in a tough long distance relationship, in the process of developing a business and working to move back closer to home to focus on my career venture while finding a job to secure myself in the process!!! With a long distance relationship, a business plan that needs to be finalized and an interview on Friday, you can tell I am in waiting mode. This last devotion hit home with me, knowing waiting is a time to grow closer to God, understand what he is trying to tell me and reflect and prepare myself for the future. I ask that you will pray that I can be patient, listen to God and trust him even more than before. His plan is greater than I can imagine and there is not a way of knowing what that will be. We just have to trust in God with all our heart and live out the purpose he has for us. I will be praying for everyone who is part of this devotional series!

  • Adriann

    This is so on time. I am at the end of my first trimester with my first baby, and have been so excited to have found a midwife that was going to give me the beautiful home birth I’ve dreamt of. Then yesterday I got a call that my midwife felt it would be best for both my and the baby’s health if I transferred to an OB; an autoimmune disease I as diagnosed with earlier this year has been linked to an increased risk of congenital heart block in babies. In one instant, not only was the birth I’ve wanted ripped out from under me, but also the fear for my child’s life started to creep in. I was devastated.

    While I’m still disappointed, this morning I woke up with hope. Because not matter the road ahead, I know my God goes before me. I know his plan is infinitely better than any plan I may have dreamed. I am trusting him that he will guide me to the best doctors for my baby and me, and that I have nothing to fear because HE is with me. In this waiting place, I am resting in his peace. I don’t have any answers yet, and I don’t know what the road ahead looks like, but I know who is walking the road with me and before me.

    • Lizzieb85

      I waited for 2 years after a miscarriage to get pregnant with my twins. I didn’t dream of a home birth, but I’ve always wanted a natural labor- to let my body do what it is as made for. At 36 weeks I was in for a routine ultrasound & they found both babies did not have enough fluid & one baby was too small. They needed to come out that day. My body was no where near being close to labor, so induction was out of the running. I had a Csection that afternoon. No labor, & I didn’t see/hold my babies until hours after the surgery cuz they were taken to the NICU. This was NOT what I had pictured it to be. But you know what? We are all alive & healthy. If this happened a hundred years ago, who knows if any of us would have made it? I praise God for my Drs & for modern medicine!

  • Tochi Heredia

    In the past 4 years, I’ve experienced multiple waiting seasons.
    I waited a few months before dropping out of college. I waited again before starting a new career. I waited until He allowed me to go overseas and visit my family. I waited for several blood test and medical examination results.
    And in the midst of it all, He has been so incredibly faithful, protecting and providing for me every step of the way.
    But this year, it’s been mostly waiting. Waiting to graduate, waiting for His guidance in ministry, waiting for His provision for me to move to London.
    Having experienced His unending faithless for myself, how come it’s still so hard to trust Him in the everyday?

    And after all this, I’ve come to realize that waiting isn’t something that magically happens. Since it goes so terribly against our sinful nature, it’s something we have to work on our entire lives. It is a decision we have to make time and time again, to believe His promises, trust Him and obey.

    Thank you, Father, for never forsaking us, even when our lame attempts of doing life on our own don’t leave room for You. Guide us through your perfect will and give us strength to go wherever you tell us to.

  • I’m striving to pursue singleness and the heart of the Lord in this season. I tend to find myself wondering what it would be like to be in yet another relationship, I look around and see other Jesus loving boys who could have potential, and I constantly dream fatefully meeting my husband. YET- I haven’t been single for more than a year in a while and my true desire is to fall so deep into the presence of the Lord that I don’t crave another boy to fill the my soul with what only Jesus can. So, waiting and obedience will be my anthem as I embark on this (hopeful) year of being just me and Jesus, Jesus and me!!! Only then will finding someone who mingles with my soul be satisfying, because my Savior will be my first love.

    • Ashley R.

      Shelbs, I can totally relate and was in the same place you were about four years ago. While I was waiting, I worked through the book “Your Knight in Shining Armor” (https://www.amazon.com/Your-Knight-Shining-Armor-Discovering/dp/0736916857), and it was a blessing. It prepared my heart to receive the love and companionship of a God-loving mate that I had long desired. Not saying that you aren’t already there yet, but it helped my “wait” feel worthwhile. A few months after working through the book (a six-month process that required a commitment to being single), I met my boyfriend. We just celebrated three years together. Hope that encourages you. I’ll be praying with you. God bless!

  • Megan Hope

    This was SO NEEDED! God revealed so much to me. “Waiting” seems to be the theme of most seasons in life. Waiting on our Boaz, waiting on our callings to roll into motion, waiting on things to slow down…ect.
    Yet all of these answers to problems we seem to always be waiting on are not exactly eternal. Marriage, families, and careers are blessings that can be of as well as build up The Kingdom, but we will not be taking them with us into The Kingdom. For in the presence of God we won’t need them or even desire them. Just like Jesus pointed out in the Matt. 22 passage regarding marriage.
    Just like Ruth did, Christ asks us for a daily walk in obedience and promises us daily bread.
    Let us live in the light of Eternity! Amen!

  • RoseBergamot

    So many pauses in life. Times where it sure feels like any action I take is just spinning my wheels, not moving at all. Other times life feels like it’s barreling forward at breakneck speed. Often times I get frustrated and scared at either scenario. I pray that God makes me content in what ever situation I find myself. I am reminded today that he is enough.

  • Thankful for you, sisters! I have just moved across the country and I am finding myself frustrated in waiting. Waiting for community, a job, to settle in…
    Praise the Lord for His enduring love and perfect timing. Praise Him for a community of sisters that I can grief with and pray over. I find strength in all of your stories. May each of you know the power in you through the Holy Spirit.

    • Cindy

      Kiley, I can so relate to your situation. I, too, recently moved to another city to join my husband as he began a new job. I find myself impatient and anxious as finding work myself has not happened as quickly or easily as I had hoped. I am feeling disconnected from friends and missing my church as well. I so needed this reminder today that God is in control and that sometimes we simply must wait. Wishing you peace during your period of waiting.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, Kiley! Asking God to cover you in His peace and presence during this transition.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Nicole Minnich

    This was a tough read this AM as I feel like every part of my life is stuck in a waiting place. New seasons are starting and very comfortable ones are coming to an end. I’m watching my husband grow in excitement over and over only to be disappointed time and time again as God says no. I’m in constant conversations with God if not this then what? It how much longer Lord? I know it’s all for the good of me, of us, of our family but this waiting space tends to steal my joy.

    • Drasch

      “Stealing joy” is the perfect description. It’s so difficult to wait indefinitely. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Thank u! I am waiting right now while my Dad is in a critical surgery.❤️

  • I’ve heard the phrase “a long obedience in the same direction” over and over again, and feel like that describes my waiting journey. I feel like God pointed my life in a specific direction almost 10 years ago and have been waiting (not so gracefully) since for Him to allow me what I feel He promised. The waiting is hard, and sometimes the journey is incredibly long, but I’m praying for His grace and strength to carry me in the meantime.

  • “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
    And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
    For the Lord is a God of justice;
    Blessed are all those who wait for Him.”–Isaiah 30:18

    This is the Word my heart needed whispered to it this morning. Thank you sisters for sharing this.

  • Churchmouse

    How well I wait reveals a lot about my soul condition. Am I trusting God or am I doing mental gymnastics, trying to figure out all the things I could do to help Him resolve the issue? Am I trusting God or am I stomping my feet and moaning and groaning about my circumstance to everyone I meet ? Am I trusting God or am I just resolving to bear up under it all (woe is me!), having a great pity party for myself? Or am I trusting God by staying on my knees in worship and thanksgiving for all He provides in the waiting? Am I trusting Him and faithfully abiding in His Word? Am I trusting Him and drawing encouragement from other believers? Am I trusting that He is good even when He is silent? Am I trusting that He loves me and cares for me even when the light on my path is just an ember? Yes, how well I wait on Him reveals my soul condition. Yes, and maybe ouch.

    • Michele

      “How well I wait reveals a lot about my soul condition.” This is so true. Thank you for sharing. I’m in a period of “waiting” as well and not always handling it with grace. I’m so thankful for His faithfulness to me even when I falter.

    • Jennifer

      Amen! I needed this. Thank you!

    • Amen

      Well phrased, and so true.
      Isn’t interesting to be able to recognize phases of our lives where our faith was strong, so the wait was easy? Now, too, isn’t a blessing to recognize that in phases of our life where it is difficult to wait that we can recognize that our faith may be weak?
      We grow stronger and more courageous as we learn to place all of our faith in God while we wait.
      Depending on Him to guide others to be in my life at the right time and right place, and to guide me toward the light and turn away from thise shadows which can be oh so captivating to watch.

      • Michelle

        “Isn’t interesting to be able to recognize phases of our lives where our faith was strong, so the wait was easy? Now, too, isn’t a blessing to recognize that in phases of our life where it is difficult to wait that we can recognize that our faith may be weak?
        We grow stronger and more courageous as we learn to place all of our faith in God while we wait.” I feel this on so many levels. Thank you for sharing!

  • Caroline

    This is so spot on. Waiting as obedience, even when it doesn’t make sense. Even when people around you don’t understand. Even when you get push off. This is my story right here. I just love today’s devotional! Oh Lord I won’t stop waiting on YOU!

    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • God can use our waiting to get our attention. When we are chugging along, thinking that we know what’s ahead and when things will happen, I believe it can be a way for him to help us look back to him. My husband and I have been waiting to start our family for over two years, and the Lord has DEFINITELY gotten my attention in this time. After two years of basically no movement, I finally had surgery last month to have ovarian cysts removed and clean up adhesions in my abdomen from endometriosis. And now that I’ve recovered, it’s a different kind of waiting. Waiting to see if the surgery accomplished its purpose; to see if we can conceive on our own. But I have learned in this season how to rest in the Lord, and wait on his good plans, and his good timing. Even though we don’t know what’s ahead in our journey of growing our family, I have learned and grown so much. I think that overall my spirit has quieted somewhat; it’s a (little bit!) easier for me these days to rest and wait, to see what the Lord is up to, instead of immediately panicking that MY plans aren’t shaking out. My encouragement to you, when you are in a season of waiting, is to say, “Okay, Lord, you have my attention. What do you have for me in this season? What are you teaching/showing me right now?” He is faithful and good and he will not leave us disappointed.

    • April McMillan

      God IS so good and gracious to us! Catie, I wanted to reply and encourage you. My mother had endometriosis and, according to her doctor, I shouldn’t be here. She always told me that I’m her “miracle baby.” Through my 20’s I battled fears that I’d have the same problem, and I didn’t get married until just before I turned 30. I remember praying that I wouldn’t have waited all that time only to find I couldn’t have children because I’d waited too long to try to get pregnant (you know they say having a child helps the body, ironically). Anyway, it took us maybe a little over 3 years to conceive, and I miscarried during that time. But my 15 month old lays sleeping beside me as I write this, and it was all worth the wait. Just like marriage! :-) I had to pray over myself often, to declare that I WAS a mother and I expected to have the children God would give us. As for my mom, she did later have a hysterectomy, but without that our family might not have adopted my brother, who radically changed our lives. So, in everything, God is able to do more than we imagine. I’m excited for you, because I’m sure that you will have your family, for the glory of God!! As an older sister in Christ once exhorted me, I’ll leave you with this: It’s coming. You just be ready to receive it when it comes!! :-)

    • Larissa

      Cathie, I’m in the same boat with you. After over 7 years of trying, I am just recovering from surgery confirming endometriosis. I wait expectantly as God reveals his plan for our lives. Indeed, it is a different kind of waiting. These last years have been precious though, as my husband and I have learned so much, and grown in ways that we never could have imagined. I’m praying for you sister.

  • Bethpchuck

    Manna from heaven this morning. Thank you Lord.

  • As I read this this morning, it made me STOP and think, about the situation that I am in right now. Not only am I waiting on God for answers and direction, but maybe He is waiting on me to be honest with myself first and then to be honest with Him. Waiting is hard, but I have to remember that His timing is perfect and it is in His time that things will work out perfect cause when I rush things and try to make things happen sooner then that is when things seem to work out WRONG>

  • Cinthya Aspiazu

    This spoke to me today in more ways than one. I’m in a transition period in my life where everything appears to be upside down. I surrender Lord. Holy Spirit guide me in the way I should go. Sisters pray for me!!

    • SusieT

      Lord Jesus, please guide Cinthya as she seeks Your guidance and direction. Bring clarity to her mind, whatever her situation, and grant her peace during this difficult time.
      “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give yo hope and a future.'” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

    • Kara

      Praying for you this morning, Cynthia!

  • Mott Momma

    God has given me a testimony that could save lives. I have endured much pain and loss, but have given Him the glory for healing and redemption. One of my spiritual gifts is encouragement and I long to use my words to encourage others through a blog, a book, and/or public speaking; but am nowhere near where those things are possibilities. So I wait. I wait for the Lord to lead me and show me how He wants to use me. I think there’s still some spiritual growth He’s tending to in my waiting, so I must trust Him and His timing.

  • Stephanie

    I feel like I’m in a holding pattern, stuff with my finances, singleness and other things seem to constantly be before my mind instead of God and His grace. My prayer today is to let my heart be steadfast.

  • Waiting is hard. Trying not to take matters into your hands is hard. It’s hard to abandon self and completely trust God in the waiting. I’ve had a lot of waiting in my life and still I struggle with trying not to take matters into my own hands even when I know He has been faithful in the past. But the past does encourage me in my present waiting and brings me back to the truth, He is faithful. Naomi knew from her past experiences that God was in the waiting and the matters at hand. She knew His faithfulness so she encouraged her daughter in law to just be still. Waiting is being still, waiting is letting go of self and trusting God. It’s always a trust issue for me. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”. Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬h

    • SusieT

      Oh, waiting can be SO difficult! Love the verse you shared…and the following one, too:
      “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge HIM, and He will direct your path.” [Proverbs 3:5,6] What a promise from God that is!!

  • Meg Gorman

    Praying for you sweet sisters. God’s mercies endure forever.

  • To wait on the Lord is a sacred place to be. It is the testing of our faith. It isn’t that we need to earn God’s favor so He will give us what we wait for. It is so that we will grow stronger, trust Him even when we cannot see the answer, even when the answer isn’t what we wanted.

    Because God is good, and His mercies endure forever.

  • My waiting place is awaiting the arrival of my first child. I’ve had 2 women in my life in the last few weeks lose their babies at 37 weeks and 18 weeks. Everyday I feel my baby move inside me is a gift. God is in control.

    • Gema Muniz

      Amen sister, how great is it that when everything else around us is falling apart we still have God we can hold on to.

    • Janie

      This really encouraged me today. I’ve been feeling selfish and not grateful about my pregnancy but I know it’s such a gift. I need to celebrate this and not be so negative about the process. Thank you for your words! God is in control and prayers for your two friends and their families .

    • Beverly

      Amen Emily. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and will be giving birth to my first in a few weeks. May the lord continue to be with you in this waiting season of the arrival of your little babe.

  • It sure can be frustrating to not see changes. Or the changes aren’t what you wanted or expected. Just continue to trust in him. He is faithful.

  • Right now I’m having a hard time waiting, i feel left behind and forgotten in a few areas of my life. I try to keep God’s promises on my mind, i know he will answer my prayers but i don’t see any changes right now.p

    • Erika

      God stretches us to make us the person we’re meant to be Trish! This discomfort you feel is very purposeful but will not last forever.

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