Sentinels For Christ :: Blessed Waiting

Blessed Waiting

Posted by jimgrier on March 11, 2019

Blessed in Waiting 

“God draws us to waiting on Him by the most positive assurance that it is never in vain. This blessed waiting must and can be the very breath of our life, a continuous resting in God’s presence and His love, an unceasing yielding of ourselves for Him to perfect His work in us. Let us once again listen and meditate until our heart says as the prophet Isaiah, “Blessed are all those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 30:18). (Andrew Murray) 

These running shoes had at least 1570 miles on them and most likely more. I calculated based on for 157 days, I averaged 10,000 steps a day. That calculates to almost 5 miles a day and if I double that based on having already walked in those shoes for 12 months, well it’s a lot of miles. 

So, I found myself in Panama Beach on Deployment for Disaster Relief with Christ in Action on December 19th, 2018, packing my bags to head home to Colorado for Christmas. This break came after spending 3 months out in the field between response to Hurricane Florence and Michael. My body was tired, I could feel the 16-hour days in my hips, knees and feet and I knew that it was time to replace my shoes. I had a flat tire on the right one and it was consistently catching on uneven surfaces.

I had been praying, knowing and believing that the Father knew what I needed. I was headed home with nothing in my bank account, half of the monthly support I needed not in yet and the need for shoes. So, I approached the throne room with all of this and left it in His very capable hands on Monday the 17th. On Tuesday the 18th, late evening I received a text that my account had been increased by almost double what I needed. This meant I could pay all of my bills, have a little Christmas money and a little for next month. 

On this day, the 19th as I was packing, I was talking to the Lord and I looked at my shoes and said, “Lord, I can now buy new shoes when I get to Colorado.” Holy Spirit said, “No daughter, you are not to wear them home, you are not going to buy new shoes, go throw those away in the dumpster.” Holy Spirit reminded me in Deuteronomy 28 that as we are obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He gives us the assurance that He will bless us and take care if us and it is always in ways that we cannot imagine. So, I tied the shoe strings together, and walked to the dumpster and threw them up in the air over the side of the dumpster, smiling…Good-bye shoes! I was to wait for my shoes. 

There are times in my life and I am sure in yours, that I have felt like I was in dire straits and that there was no end in sight. He is the God of His promises and we can stand on those knowing that He will not disappoint us. He tells is that He will provide as He does for the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, the grass of the fields. I could have ignored the instructions from the Holy Spirit, wore my shoes home and purchased a new pair. But I was to wait. He invited me to wait on Him and I have the assurance that He will not disappoint. 

Oh, that each and every one of us might learn to wait before Him until He brings revelation of what His promises are, what they mean and in all of that reveals Himself. When He does that, for me, I get closer and closer to the Living God and into the waiting of what only He can bring each and every day. I so love Him and delight in His delight of me. 

Believe, wait, bow before Him in helplessness, humility and surrender all to His will, and in the stillness, clear your thoughts, and take them captive before the King of Kings. He will come so very close and the closeness and revelation will bring all that He wants to say to you. 

“And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9 

Oh, and yes, I got new shoes. I would have wiped out the opportunity for a saint to bless me. Thank you, Jehovah Jireh! 

Deborah Hunter

Missionary to the US
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