The Holding Pattern

I am in a “holding pattern”. You may have heard that term used when planes are forced to circle an airport if they cannot yet land.

But my holding pattern is a little different. Mine isn’t really restrictive as it is for airplanes. Mine is a protective holding pattern.

Because God loves all of us (which is why He sacrificed His only Son to redeem us), He is not willing that we perish but that we live fulfilled, sanctified and fruitful lives, then live eternally with Him in heaven.

So, back to my holding pattern: Because God loves me, He is helping me, and HeĀ is directing and guiding me so I do not make any more harmful mistakes. He leads me to His Word when I feel doubtful or when I am feeling drained. Even when I feel on top of the world, the Word still pulls, still calls me…..

As I wait for His timing on several areas of my life, I’m learning to stop asking the famous question “Why not now?” First, I usually do not get an answer anyway. Next, it tests my faith in Him. Do I believe Him, or not? Do I fully control my situation? Not by a stretch of the imagination. Does He? Yes, if I allow Him.

So, my holding pattern is summarized thus:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV)

I will wait.

 

Answered Prayers, Fulfilled Dreams (July 2009)

Recently, while reading “Just A Sister Away” (Dr. Renita Weems) I came across a statement that blew me away: “The first lesson to be learned was how to receive a blessing no longer expected (p. 114).” This statement prefaced an interesting perspective on Elizabeth, the future mother of John the Baptist, the cousin (and baptizer) of Jesus Christ.

As I read this section, I began to reflect on my life. I have seen many things, experienced several tragedies, disappointments and setbacks. Because of this ongoing trend and uphill battle, I’ve felt as if the prayers I have prayed and the promises spoken over my life were not happening anytime soon. I began to give up.

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