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Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.

Paulo Coelho

Have you ever heard of anyone being greatly used by Christ who did not experience a special time of waiting, or a complete upset of his plans at first? From the apostle Paul’s being sent into the Arabian wilderness for three years–during which time he must have been overflowing with the Good News–down to the present day, it seems those who will be used will have a time of waiting.

Have you been looking forward to telling about trusting Jesus, but instead He is asking you to show what trust is, by waiting? My own experience is far less severe than Paul’s but reveals the same principle. Once when I thought the door was being thrown open for me to enter the Ministry field with a great opportunity, it was just as quickly shut. My demons stepped in and simply said, “Never! You must choose between pastoring and living, for you cannot do both.” The year was 1999, and I did not come out of my shell of isolation and torment until 2001 that was my first attempt to serve God in that facet. The calling was received in 1989 and all that time in between was when I saw the distinct wisdom of having been kept waiting for 10 years in the shade.

God’s love is unchangeable, and He is just as loving even when we do not see or feel it. And His love and HIs sovereignty are equal and universal. Therefore He often withholds our enjoyment and awareness of our progress, because He knows best what will actually ripen and further His work in us.

I laid it down in silence,
This work of mine,
And took what had been sent me–
A resting time.
The Master's voice had called me
To rest apart;
"Apart with Jesus only,"
Echoed my heart.

I took the rest and stillness
From His own hand,
And felt this present illness
Was what He planned.
How often we choose labor,
When He says "Rest"–
Our ways are blind and crooked;
His way is best.

Work He Himself has given,
He will complete.
There may be other duties
For tired hands,
The present, is obedience
To His commands.

Having been delivered by God from every attempt to break fellowship, I speak from experience and real encounters of Him in my God given life. Confused at times because I don't understand or can't see Him in a current or particular circumstance makes waiting very difficult. I realize we walk by faith and not by sight, so when you don't know what to do, "Wait."

There is a blessed resting
In lying still,
In letting His hand mold us,
Just as He will.
His work must be completed.
His work must be completed.
His lesson set;
He is the Master Workman:
Do not forget!

It is not "working."
We must be trained;
And Jesus "Learned" obedience,
Through suffering gained.
For us, His yoke is easy,
His burden light.
His discipline most needful,
And all is right.

We are to be His servants;
We never choose
If this tool or if that one
Our hands will use.
In working or in waiting
May we fulfill
Not ours at all, but only
The Master's will.

Ezekiel 3:22

New International Version (NIV)
22 The hand of the Lord was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”

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