Can’t You Hurry Up, God?

I want you to think about your friend. The friend who you know you can trust to love every part of you while telling you the whole truth. The friend who you’d trust with your life because you know she has your best interests at heart.

Lynn Cowell is one of those friends in my life. She’s a trusted friend, so I can’t wait to introduce you to her today.  Make sure to read to the end where there will be a way to enter to win a great package including her new book Make Your Move. Please welcome Lynn!

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The whole situation didn’t make sense. The job description fit me perfectly. And I just knew God had made me aware of that opportunity so I could move forward in my heart for ministry. Yet all the doors closed, and I couldn’t figure out why.

Weeks turned into years as the quicksand of discouragement pulled me under. I felt forgotten, and I often looked back on that lost opportunity with regret. Maybe there was something more I could have done to make it work? Why didn’t I try harder?

Time went on, and I was no closer to my dreams. I couldn’t understand why God kept me from that perfect position.

In the Bible, we learn that Sarai, Abram’s wife, was stuck too. God had promised them offspring – as many as the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5) – yet time was ticking. Sarai was growing older and worried she had yet to have a child.

Sarai may have believed she’d become invisible to God, and it was time to take matters into her own hands. She decided she wouldn’t wait any longer, so she devised a plan to get what she wanted.

And she got it, alright – a pregnancy plus a whole lot of trouble.

Sarai followed a common practice of her time and gave Hagar, her Egyptian slave, to Abram to become a surrogate mother. But her plan backfired. Hagar became pregnant and also a little haughty. With another person looking down on her barrenness, Sarai was more miserable than before.

If only she would have waited instead of manipulated.

Like Sarai, I had a hard time waiting on God. I couldn’t understand what was taking Him so long! Yet, when the perfect position opened down the road from my home, instead of a 1,000 miles away, like the other job, it all made sense.

So often now as I take my short drive to the office, I find myself very thankful I waited for God to provide.

If we can wait and not manipulate, God promises us He is always at work for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when the situation seems to be going the wrong way, we can trust that His way is best. We must be prayerful, wait and trust. Easier said than done, though, I know.

Yet when we wait and see God’s goodness come to past, we create a history with God, a repertoire of faith moments when we have seen God’s faithfulness. This foundation builds our faith in Him so we know we can trust Him again and again.

These stories, these faith-building encounters with God, are the same stories I share with my kids, helping them to trust God with their dreams for the future as well. Helping them also learn to wait and not manipulate.

Today, thank God for the times you have seen His faithfulness. If you are in a current struggle, pray for the patience to wait and not manipulate.

Giveaway

Lynn is giving away a Make Your Move Bible study book and DVD bundle to one of you! Let us know below of an area in your life you are asking God to “hurry up”. Comment by Wednesday, December 6 for a chance to win. (U.S. addresses only please.)

In Make Your Move, Lynn Cowell explores how confidence-in-question keeps us from boldly experiencing what God intends for our lives. Learn more about her new women’s Bible study, encouraging you to dig into God’s Word to find confidence and boldness to do great things here: http://lynncowell.com/make-your-move/.

Lynn Cowell is a national conference speaker who is passionate about helping women of all ages understand the importance of Christ confidence. She is the author of several books including her newest study for women, Make Your Move: Finding Unshakable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures, and Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You , just for girls ages 8 – 12. Lynn and her husband, Greg, have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of three young adults. They enjoy spending time together, especially when it combines the mountains, well-worn sweatshirts, and anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Connect with Lynn today at www.LynnCowell.com.

 

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  1. My son and daughter-in-law have decided, after much discussion and prayer, to adopt a special needs little girl from China. I am finding it very difficult to wait on God for the needed $35,000 and all the process to be completed. I know the money is nothing to Him but trying to raise $35,000 seems very overwhelming and waiting to see and hold our precious little granddaughter is brutal! We are well aware that God’s timing is perfect. We just hope His timing is sooner rather than later! Thank you so much for your wonderful encouragement!

    God bless you,
    Linda Gray

  2. I have 2 areas. The first is a different job. My current one is stressful and does not allow for the time I’d like to have with my youngest as a single mom. God has not yet opened the door for a new position. The second is a husband. I don’t want to run after a man but I do desire to be married to a godly man. Some days that seems like it will always be just a dream. It’s hard for me to believe I will feel fulfilled without this desire being realized. I know in my mind God is enough but I struggle with resting in His plan and His timing.

  3. I have two grown sons. I have been dreaming about grandchildren probably since they were born. Having children to raise and teach them about God has been wonderful, BUT I really want to have grandchildren. I want to see life through their eyes and to influence them with my years of experience and commitment to God. When my children were growing up I had so many “other” things to do – a husband, a job, a house, ageing parents……the list goes on and on! I did the best I could. Now, I am retired, a widow, and have so much time available and would love to spend it iinfluencing another generation. I am trying to be patient and find other opportunities, but pray often asking God “to hurry up” with some grandchildren. I am sure that He has a plan, but waiting is hard!

    • Waiting is hard, Margaret, I so agree!

      Lord, while Margaret waits for grandchildren, help her to see where she doesn’t have to wait to influence others with her years of experience and commitment to God. There are other little children who are also “waiting” … to have a grandmother. May she invest in others while she waits for her own to come. Amen

  4. Love this message! It spoke volumes to me today. My husband of 28 years has just relapsed from alcoholism. I’m praying for God to take this temptation from him now, right now. I don’t want to wait! This struggle is so diffidifficult. Waiting on God is a true challenge for me, especially now, as I see my husband struggle and hurt.

    • Father, we need You to intervene. Yes, this is a relapse, but it does not have to be long. Glorifying yourself through Susan’s husband’s story of restoration. Amen

  5. Recently widowed, fighting breast cancer and watching our youngest son struggle in his faith. He is a prodigal and as he is now 18 and a senior in high school, my influence is minimal at best and pushing him further away from God at worst. My heart is so broken. God please change his heart back to you. I can’t even imagine how You must feel.

    • Jesus, empower Cyndee with Your strength. I pray that she will lean hard on Your word to fill her wounded places and give her the strength and faith to keep believing that while all she sees is chaos, what You see is a miracle on her horizon. Amen

  6. I have been asking God to hurry up since June 13, 2017. That may seem like only a few months to some but when it is your daughter’s heath ~ it seems like years! We were out paddle boarding together ~ laughing, talking ~ just enjoying the beautiful day and the gift of being together. She is a 17 year old busy teen so this was a special time to connect with my girl plus one of her favorite activities which made for the perfect day. About 30 minutes in , she had a weird look on her face ~ I asked what was wrong & she said her chest was hurting & throat tight. We slowly made our way to the dock, got out of the water, & the emergency team at the center evaluated her & took us to our car by golf cart encouraging us to see her doctor. One doctor has now turned into 5 doctors, many tests, xrays, & procedures later, as her symptoms keep increasing, we still have no definite answers. I praise God for the good results so far, I keep asking Him for wisdom & answers with every doctor visit ~ my daughter asks me if this is her new normal? I want God to hurry up ~ I wish it were me! I keep asking God what He is trying to teach us in the wait & trust in Him!

  7. I have been praying for a baby for 6 years. My husband is 40 and I am 34…”we aren’t getting any younger Lord!!!!” It has been hard seeing friends and family get the blessing and I feel sometimes like waiting is a form of torture! I don’t know how long we will wait, but I am reassured through your story that God’s timing is perfect and He has what’s best in mind. Pray that I will wait well and not complain! Thank you and God bless you!!

  8. I’m waiting for God to show me the next move. We tried putting our house on market and it failed. We thought God was wanting us to move. Long story short…. We are now waiting for God to open the next door. Where will God move next?

  9. Thank you for this reminder. I have been asking God to “hurry up” in almost all aspects of my life; ministry, career, house we rent out, bringing Godly friends into my life, even regarding my sweet husband. I find myself trusting, then taking the worry and problem back from Him in a repeating cycle that I want to break. Reading the stories of others helps faith grow in a time where God seems quiet.

  10. I am waiting on God to show me how He wants me to serve Him at our church. I teach on wednesday nights but not sure if He is wanting me to serve Him elsewhere on Sunday mornings. Four out of five of my kids are gone now and I am beginning a new phase of life where I have a little more time 🙂 I want to use it wisely.

  11. I am impatient with God (though I try NOT to be) in helping one of my son’s become the man He wants him to be. I pray and pray, and don’t see a lot of fruit. But I know that the Holy Spirit is working in my son’s heart ~ I just can’t see the product yet!

  12. Oh my…do I ever have things I wish God would hurry up! Until I step back and look at all the miraculous work he is doing in our situation. We are grandparents raising a grandchild…..retirement years with a toddler!

  13. I am currently tly asking God to hurry up with my season of waiting. Waiting to come out of this valley, waiting for Him to send a future husband my way, waiting to get some with school, waiting to get out of this painful and dark depression and loneliness. This has been a season going on for the past year and it is so hard. He is having me surrender everything,be Latin and to trust Him.in all things which is the hardest thing for me. I know good things are coming from this and that it won’t always be dark but while you’re going through it, you can’t see the light at the end or the blessings coming your way. All you see is the darkness but if I keep my eyes on Jesus He will lead me through this one day at a time. To God be the glory!

  14. WOW this totally spoke to me!! Today is my last day at a job that I have loved for 11 years. I know God has a plan for me but my human nature is trying to panic and say where is your next check coming!! But I pray for peace of mind that I can too be patient and know that God has something amazing in store!! Thank you for the blog I LOVE it!!

  15. I can totally relate to Sarai and I see how when I get impatient for God to work in a situation, to try and make things happen. What a wonderful story about how perfect God’s timing is and how faithful our God is. I have been waiting for God to heal a physical condition and have lately tried “fix” things to no avail! No wonder, God has everything in control, I just have to wait for Him to unveil it to me. Lord, give me the patience to wait on you.

    Thank you Lynn for sharing this today, and Amy for having her as your guest, I truly enjoyed this post.

  16. This is the message I needed today. God’s timing is at work. I do trust HE has heard my prayers, both spoken and silent, for guidance in finding my career, not just any job. But, how long do I have to wait? What is it that I’m supposed to be doing? What is my calling? I am lost.
    I have always worked somewhere, three to five years on average, until I get the itch to move along to something else, something better. It was always MY decision to stay or go.
    Now, I find myself unemployed for almost four months. Gone from a job that I had accepted nearly three years ago in November. This time, it is different. It was not my decision to move on because I believed this was the job for me. Nearly three years ago, GOD had led me to the place I needed to be; to the place that fit me perfectly; to the place that fulfilled my wishlist and the needs of my family. I was definitely there to stay, or so I thought. For the first time in my life, I was let go…fired! I felt like such a failure and I still do. To ease the hurt, I have heard from a handful of family and friends “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” My confidence is at an all-time low. How can I find something else when I wasn’t good enough for that job? Now what? Where is my window?
    Well, I thought I found it, the new career. A few weeks ago, I received a call from a company that came across my resume. THEY called me. That was a first. It was something definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was something that would provide the financial relief I so desperately need for my family and it would allow me to continue to help others as I have always enjoyed.
    Is this it God? Is this what I’m supposed to do? A new career? I was stepping out on faith that this was the path I needed to take. All the signs were there.
    But instead, I ran into roadblocks. Roadblocks everywhere.
    As a wife and a mother of four children (two teens and two preteens), how would I have the time to start this new career that asked for so much of my time to get started. I was willing to get out of my comfort zone, but there were not enough hours in the day to see to my family and this new career. Where was my faith that God will provide a way for this to happen? Am I my own roadblock?
    I decided this was not the time. It was not His time. Afterall, God has always provided and taken care of our needs when we’re down.
    At least for the moment, maybe my time is to be spent being here for my children and my husband when I couldn’t always there because I was working. God knows where I need to be in His time. As Amy Carroll encourages from her message, pray to be patient and wait and not manipulate. Thank you for the reminder!

  17. I am asking for direction. I keep asking God what exactly am I still doing at a job which seems to go no where, but apparently he wants me to stay put because every job I have applied for has interviewed me but no results or my results are they want me to travel an hour away to work. I know God has a reason and a plan for why I still remain- I wish he would let me know, this would be 7 years this month I have been waiting for an answer.

  18. This devotion was spot-on for me! Thanks, Amy and Lynn! The area I’m wanting God to “hurry up” in is an overall since of peace and purpose in my life. I feel like I’m in limbo land.

  19. Ah, ye olde “wait” word. I feel as if wait is here to stay. One area where I have hoped for hurry-up is with establishing a local ministry for discipling women. Or, finding one to join. I feel as though I have waited until hope wains. But, God’s Word sustains and I am grateful for your message. Thank you Amy and Lynn!

  20. This spoke to me personally as I am struggling with my real estate business. I felt God leading me and I fought my fear of change and took the plunge. Now I feel defeated as I struggle through the first year as an agent, Costs keep appearing but no buyers or sellers. This also made me think of my Mother in law as she is coping with her husbands cancer diagnosis. We both need to surrender and have faith, being in Gods word will help us to surrender and have faith. In his perfect time it will all work out for good.

  21. For God to restore/rebuild my marriage. We have been through a lot in the past five to six years and God is working, yet sometimes I don’t wait and I find myself trying to manipulate to move forward faster. It just creates conflict and ends up delaying the progress I so desperately want. God is teaching me patience and I am learning, but it’s hard. I would LOVE to read the book and do the study.

  22. I am waiting patiently to get my Driver License and I have to try for my license this time I can’t renew my permit no more so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to try for my license and my husband will help me to parallel park and back and help me with all the things I need to do in order to succeed. so that’s what I pray to God for.

  23. I can relate very much to this. I have been suffering with back pain for years and I have waited for an option for a spinal cord stimulator. Now this us my only option to deal with the pain outside of the healing of God. But I have waited and waited but have realized that my body might not have responded as well to the trial period as well as it has this week if we tried any earlier. God has His reason for me to wait for this particular timing.

  24. My 19 year old son has been struggling with mental health issues since he was 10. Throughout these years I have by turns, battled, railed against and thanked God for progress or the lack thereof in my son’s life. Thanks to recent improvements in his health, he started his first part time job last week. It did not go well and in fact had nearly devastating consequences. He went back into outpatient therapy today. He is beaten down and so am I. I just can’t understand why God is letting this illness drag on and on with setback after set back. I need God to hurry up. So far, He has not.

  25. I am waiting patiently (sometimes not so much) for my daughters to find their Christian husbands, get married and have children. I just pray everyday for the right man and for our girls’ hearts to be stirred and for them to all be able to serve the Lord together.

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