When Waiting Becomes Too Painful, Maybe God Is Asking You To Wait A Little More

Have you been waiting for weeks, months, or even years for a prayer to be answered? My friend, I have one piece of advice: do not grow weary in waiting.

We all have different desires. In our limited human capacity, we try our best to achieve them, but at one point, we get tired. When we’ve exhausted all that we can do, yet answers seem so far, maybe God is asking us to wait.

Waiting is the least thing anyone wants to do.

We find it hard to stay still because we want instant results. We take matters into our own hands, ending up in disastrous outcomes, more often than not.

I believe God placed our dreams in our hearts for a reason – maybe for us to hope, to practice patience, to have a vision, who knows? All I know is that it is meant for the good. No matter what God plans to do with those dreams, we can be assured that He has a purpose for it.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I have pretty decent patience ever since, but when it comes to highly frustrating situations, I have to admit that I used to take matters into my own hands.

There was a time a couple of years back when I let my temper get to me. I was not thinking clearly during that time, and I made decisions that I know I shouldn’t have. Up to this day, I regret all the things I did and said. Things could be better today if it weren’t for those actions.

When God showed me the nasty consequences of impatience, I promised myself that I will never let my stubbornness get to me ever again.

In fact, I have grown to really believe in the power of waiting that I even incorporated “patience activities” into my daily routine.

For one, I do intermittent fasting. When I first started this practice, my main goal was to lose weight. When I achieved my ideal weight, I realized that the routine also instilled in me patience and discipline. I was able to see the beauty of delayed gratification as it directly and personally worked through me.

Before, when I have something that I want to buy, I typically swipe my credit card, without waiting for the next pay cheque or billing statement cut-off. Now, I carefully strategize. I list down all the things I want to buy, then assign one purchase per pay period. At first, it bothered me that I have to wait every two weeks before I am able to get what I want. I mean, that’s what credit cards are for, right? For people to buy stuff with money they don’t have yet. As I look back, I am just happy that God gave me the wisdom to handle these things better.

I also try to teach my son the value of waiting.

We have certain rules in the house, and most of them require waiting. For example, he is only allowed to play his video games starting Friday night. He has to wait for the whole week before he can touch that controller. On weekday mornings, he usually finishes preparing himself first before I do. He always asks if he can watch TV while waiting for me. I always say no, to the point that I even made it an official house rule. More than a “rule set by mommy,” I explain to him the beauty of waiting. It makes him focus on his home readings on weekday nights, stay calm amidst the uncomfortable stillness, and have a better sense of appreciation once the waiting is over.

You see, waiting is not just for the big things.

Waiting is also for the small stuff that seem mundane. If we are not patient with the little matters, how much worse can we be with the big ones?

On days when we feel so impatient, let’s just think about the numerous bible characters who had to wait a lot. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years to have their son Isaac, David had to wait 15 years to become a king, the Israelites spent 40 years in the desert to get to the promised land.

At some point in the waiting process, we have to let go and simply keep our desires tucked safely in our hearts without trying too hard.

This does not mean we are giving up on our dreams. It’s showing God that we fully trust that He will fulfill those dreams someday. It may not be the way we envision it, but we can be sure that somehow, it will give us the joy we are yearning for because God thinks His version of our dream is the best for us.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8)

The waiting will be worth it. Hold on. Keep on praying. God hears all our cries. Jesus did not give up on us. In fact, He died for us. He will never get tired of pursuing us. In the same way, let’s wait on Him, and don’t give up on our prayers.

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

I hope my long hiatus from posting was worth the wait. 😉 See you in the next one. God loves you.

<3,

Rina

Smile And Hope Even When Life Is Hard

The Holy Father has the simplest advice for those who struggle.

When times get rough, and nothing seems to go right, what do we do? Pope Francis says, smile.

According to the Holy Father, one of the most essential values that humankind should never lose is hope, which is vividly expressed through the simple gesture of smiling. Feelings of abandonment, resentment and rejection may plague our hearts, but as long as hope is not lost, the battle is not yet finished.

“Let us also smile even if it was a difficult day, because we see the hope,” Pope Francis said.

Keep On Smiling

Flashing those pearly whites is a struggle when we are enveloped in darkness. But then, there is the hope that teaches us to smile on that path to find God.

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If we are observant enough, we can notice that the trademark of those who break away from the Lord is the absence of their smile. While they may fake a laugh or throw in some jokes, the genuine smile that only God can give is missing.

Smiling Through The Pain

In the Bible, the desert was a popular setting. It was in there that the Israelites spent 40 years before they got to the promised land. The desert symbolizes hardship, pain, and anything that is uncomfortable.

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Life can sometimes be compared to a desert. It is hard to walk on, but if we put our full trust in God, He can turn it into a beautiful highway. This wide path is not necessarily free from pain, but those who tread it are able to see past the difficulties, knowing God’s got them.

Sometimes, God puts us in desert-like situations because it is necessary. From experience, I can say that it is only through the painful chapters of my life that I was able to learn the most valuable things. If God did not put me through those situations, I would never have learned how to trust Him with all my heart. I believe that just like the Israelites, God placing me in the desert, was His way of calling me back to His arms. I’m glad He called me to return home. I’m happy I heeded His call.

“It’s enough to never lose hope, it’s enough to continue to believe, always, despite everything,” Pope Francis said.

Spreading Hope

It is insufficient for us to have hope just within us. God wants us to spread the promise of hope to others as well. As a father, God consoles his children by raising up comforters, who are destined to inspire other people by declaring that their pain is over, and that their sin is forgiven.

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We do not need to be popular, intelligent or rich to be able to encourage others. In fact, God is in the habit of choosing the “little ones.” David was the youngest and weakest-looking son of Jesse, Elizabeth was infertile, Mary was condemned for carrying a child before marriage, Paul despised Jesus, and the list goes on. You see, it is the meek ones, made great by faith, that create the most unforgettable impact.

Therefore, the Holy Father is calling us to teach hope and to look forward with faith, trusting that God will turn any desert into a beautiful garden.

Smile, and keep on smiling. You got this.

<3,
Rina
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