Pray and Wait, Rest and Wait, Wait and be Filled

fall color gold tree 2013(Restoration Ranch)

I appreciate the fact that God is a God of order and rhythm; and yet our human tendency is to be impatient and to forget His miraculous rhythm. Have you noticed the ebb and flow of the “pray and wait, rest and wait, wait and be filled” dance? He is calling us to Himself to accomplish great things for His kingdom and as He leads us in this divine dance, our inclination can be to step on God’s toes. Sometimes we get tired of the dance and we want to lead. It is critical at this juncture that we push our “spiritual reset button” by remembering whose dance produces the most benefit.

I am thankful that God does not give up on us. He is patient, kind, gracious, and full of mercy. But let’s be honest, we cannot afford to view His loving attributes as a deferment until we are ready to get back into the dance with Him. This is like saying that we will sin all the more so that God’s grace will abound. Let’s save ourselves a lot of time and heartache, “Don’t be weary in prayer; keep at it; watch for God’s answers, and remember to be thankful when they come” Colossians 4:2 (TLB). Prayer is such an exhilarating activity when we purpose to be watchful and thankful; it is about knowing our purpose which heightens our awareness and gratitude.

I am grateful that He understands what it is like for us in the waiting, “don’t be impatient. Wait for the Lord, and He will come and save you! Be brave, stouthearted, and courageous. Yes wait and He will help you” Psalm 27:14. Our Heavenly Father knows our frailties, our tendencies to give up or become dejected in the process of waiting, but He calls upon us to wait because; “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31. We also know that as we wait He will hear our cries.

I welcome and appreciate His rest like never before, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works
as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest” Hebrews 4:9-11b. Just reading these words brings my soul to peace. Our culture seems to baulk at the idea of rest treating it like it is a form of laziness or weakness, and yet we know when we are conscientious about resting; we experience rejuvenation. Again our sense of awareness becomes keen and we are receptive in our observation of answered prayer. I personally experience an increase in gratitude and grasp more of His love for me, and what could be better?

I am overcome by His goodness as I realize His plan is for my good. Imagine the Creator wants relationship with us, He wants to answer the desires of our heart, and He has a plan to keep us whole and healthy built into the process! “Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually” III John 1:2 (HCSB). There is no god like our God! When once we realize or remember how much He loves us our praying, waiting, resting and waiting some more comes into proper perspective and we walk in the realization of how blessed we truly are. Romans 8:35-39 is such a mainstay reality that it will serve us greatly always:

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us (Message).

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3 thoughts on “Pray and Wait, Rest and Wait, Wait and be Filled

  1. A very restful piece that affirms the goodness of God to hold us and hold on to us. The word “rest’ in Hebrew is difficult. When God rested on the seventh day the Divine was not on recess. The word carries the sense of “participate in, use”. While it is not a precise translation I have come to think the best word would be “play”. Build your sandbox and play in it; make a friend and play together. However, as humans we still need to rest as we use it in English.
    Peace

    1. I appreciate your comment that “when God rested on the seventh day the Divine was not on recess.” Rest is an action to be sure, and the word “play” is a great description as play is restorative. And we as humans truly need rest as you say, but our culture has a lot of catching up to do in this area; we need to see rest as a necessity (something our Creator set aside an entire day for) and not what one does to get over illness.

      Blessings!

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