Waiting is REALLY Worth It

I remember that day vividly. On a warm summer evening in July, I was feeling a sudden inspiration all the while being over cumbered with grief from a broken relationship, to start a blog. I excitedly texted my good friend Jinny that I would turn my aching pain into words for a part of my story and she couldn’t have been more thrilled for me. Writing really is a coping mechanism for me to release stubborn emotions. I frantically searched and found multiple sites on how to set up a blog, etc. I picked a site, a name, and what my writing would be based on. I then took it to the next level and clicked on the plus icon to start my first post!

That’s when it hit me.

I knew what I had to write about. I suddenly felt less excited and more anxious and sad. If I were to get my message out there as well as my emotions, I knew I was going to have to face them.

I had to re-experience the pain, anger, fear, and sadness I felt about that broken relationship and to find a way to put them into words and share it with strangers. That was NOT an easy thing to do. I knew I had to turn to God and pray my heart out about it. As time went on, my heart was letting go a lot of intense emotion and I felt an overwhleming peace about my past.

I wrote about my pain and how I coped with it (only through the power of Jesus Christ). I wrote about the seasons I had experienced: my love season with God and the importance of singleness, the pain with dating and to watch out for wolves in sheep clothing, and eventually about my season of severe depression and where I considered suicide last year.

This post today is a loving one. A post that reminds my heart why I started this blog in the first place. I’m sitting here at my black kitchen table with a mason jar full of sweet tea, glancing over at my husband of almost 2 months, just thanking Abba Father above that every tearful, daunting, dark nights I cried from sadness, the days screaming in my car full of anger, and praying and worshiping until my lungs almost collapsed led to this: waiting is REALLY worth it.

I found the love I was looking for in a person, but it goes beyond that. I found someone whom I love getting to drink coffee with every single morning. Whom I love getting to pick groceries and figure out a budget plan with every month. A love that lasts more than a Sunday. 3 years ago I was broken, lost, and then found me. I fell in love with being alone and enjoying me. Now, I fell in love with my husband and never want to be without him.

“Wait for the Lord. Romans Study: Chapter 8.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

Over the course of these past months, bits and pieces of Romans Chapter 8 have caught my attention. I have read countless devotions that center around the message that Paul is explaining in this chapter: “wait for the Lord.” I felt I needed to write on the last several verses of this chapter, beginning with verse 25: “But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” ‭Romans‬ ‭8:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul has told us numerous times that we are free from our sinful nature, and are made new through Christ throughout Romans. This chapter though, is kind of tough. I mean, having patience is not really one of my strong suites. I get a little impatient when someone’s order messes up in a drive thru, or if I am stuck in a traffic jam. The gut wrenching impatience I have is, “when am I going to finally meet the right guy for me, or when am I finally going to get a better job?” Paul displayed a beautiful image of how we should be for Christ. 

Paul spent the remainder of his life in chains. He was mocked, tortured, and left in darkness for claiming God’s name. I’m over here getting flustered about my endless bills, when Paul had to sleep wearing rusty chains in a smelly, rat infested cell! I absolutely love how Paul wrote this: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬ God knows this girl here has some stress issues. There are times I cry, get angry, or throw a toddler tantrum because I don’t received blessings when I want them. Maybe, that’s because my spirit is not aligned with God’s will for me. Instead of praying to God and seeking His face, I look to find things without His guidance. 

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT 

I am sure some of you may recognize that verse, but do you actually believe what it says? God works for the good of those who love Him. Do I trust God? Correction, love God enough to believe He is in control? Am I living a life that pleases Him? I pray that you will take this time to fully vent to God your heart, and allow Him to show you that He loves you and good things come to those who wait.