Today I am excited to introduce to you Melinda Patrick. Melinda is dishing up hope for those in the waiting. She's an encourager despite hard life situations she has faced. She's learned to claim God's truth and not let go! I hope you will take a moment to breathe in her words of hope for you today.
A Promise For The Waiting
Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
One thing for certain about long waiting seasons – they have a way of making us feel alone and often times isolated.
Waiting for the healing of a marriage, or perhaps to be married? It appears all of your friends are having the best time with their spouse. You are finding yourself alone another weekend.
Longing for the return of a wayward child? All you can see and hear about are the beautiful relationships and stories of your friend’s children.
Could it be you are in the middle of a battle for your health, waiting on test results? Everyone around you is living their best life.
There are many seasons of wait. Waiting for a job or to be accepted in the right school. Waiting for a baby or perhaps you are waiting to be an empty nester. Could it be you are waiting for financial freedom and taking steps no one else around you are taking?
It is in seasons of wait where the enemy wants you to begin thinking you are all alone. There is no one else like you. No one else is experiencing life as you know it.
Satan is thrilled when he can draw us into a place of isolation. But, friend, don’t believe him. He is a liar, the truth is not in him.
‘So do not fear, for I am with you’ was not just for the Israelites or those living in the Bible days. That promise is for you and me – today.
When we feel alone, Satan knows we begin to set our focus on ourselves and the things right around us. He is well aware of the fact: keeping our eyes on us gets our eyes off Jesus.
So, how do we get past the deceit and lies of the enemy? We turn to God’s Word and begin replacing the lies with Truth.
Setting our eyes towards Jesus opens our hearts and allows us to see something different than what the enemy offers.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite."
Friend, will you do something with me? Take a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Now, as you begin to close your eyes, imagine Jesus right there with you.
Holding your hand. Wiping your tears. Cheering you on. Hear Jesus whisper to your heart:
“You are not alone. The great I AM is right here with you. I am in the waiting.”
If you were encouraged by Melinda's message you are invited to connect with her at:
The Even While Podcast: https://melindapatrick.libsyn.com/rss
FB Living Life, Waiting Well group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/livinglifewaitingwell