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!
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.
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.