I started this train of thought last week in When It Makes No Sense. Today, I want to share 7 follow up treasures He has given me, and how I am getting those insights. I do not like waiting for answers…just ask my former co-workers!
I’m just not good at waiting. And right now…waiting is where I am. But in the waiting, the Lord ALWAYS shows up. These things occurred (and this time I was listening!) in a weeks time. And even though resolution has not yet appeared, He has shown up, every single day!
1 I read the phrase “don’t hurry through the heartache” alongside Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” I love that this passage is under the heading “From Groans to Glory in my Bible!” There is so much to be learned in the midst of the heartache and I do not want to miss it.
2 These were scriptures that I was also directed to this week: Psalm 25:16, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted.” Isaiah 43:1-2, a favorite passage of mine: “Now this is what the LORD says —the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel — ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.’” Psalm 18:6, “I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” And Psalm 38:9, “Lord, my every desire is in front of you; my sighing is not hidden from you.” Each passage was a comfort and encouragement to me that God knows and is working.
3 Here were songs I listened to this week that spoke loudly. Close by We Are Messengers, Just As Good by Chris Renzema, Same God by Elevation Worship, Remember by Bryan & Katie Torwalt. Feel free to use this list…you will be blessed!
4 The two Sundays surrounding this week were sermons titled “When God Seems Silent” based on Psalm 22 (and how I must praise Him in the silence)and “Far More” which focused on why we should pray for bigger things than we could ever imagine based on Ephesians 3:14-21. Interestingly, these were given by 2 different guest pastors. How could I not be listening???
6 Then I saw this on social media….
More songs I’ve recently listened to that have encouraged me: Blessed Be Your Name, Run to the Father, God is Good, Firm Foundation, It’s Always Been You, He’s Always Been Faithful, I Speak Jesus, Thank You Jesus for the Blood, Come What May. Listen and be comforted and strengthened.
So, I repeat, how can I not listen to how God is speaking into my current situation? I wish I could tell you I always listen. Way too many times, I’ve just not been paying attention.
I’ve asked this question of my blog readers before, and I’m asking again: “are YOU listening?” He is speaking. What are you hearing from Him? We must pay attention. Then we won’t worry as much, but realize He really knows what concerns us. I’m so grateful for His faithfulness.