Recently, my husband and I have been toying with a business venture idea, and this month, we decided to explore the possibility. However, today we received the news that we dreaded…wait.
Have you ever experienced something similar? The high of all kinds of possibilities and then the low of waiting? It certainly isn’t any fun, but I have been reminded of some truths today that have helped ease the disappointment of being told to wait.
First off, I will start off by saying that my husband and I have been praying about this possibility for a while now, and, as we waited to hear back from our banker, we prayed that God would make it very clear to us if we were even supposed to be pursuing this option at this time. In our whole relationship, all big decisions have been met with a prayer for God to clearly open or close doors, and I would say that most of the time, God has flung the door open wide for us in ways that are so, so clear. Likewise, in this scenario, God has given us a clear answer. Why are we being told to wait? Well, I have to believe that God, in his infinite wisdom, knows that what we want to do is not a good fit with where we are at in life. The stress of raising children combined with “our” plans for a business could have very easily overwhelmed us. In a brilliant stroke of what can only be God’s timing, I was reminded of the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6 when helping my youngest brother with his Senior Graduation open house invitations. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and HE will direct your paths.” Are we struggling to come to grips with what this “wait” answer means? Absolutely! But there is also a calm reassurance in knowing that, as we bring our ways in line with God’s ways, He will continue to direct our path. We don’t quite know what that looks like yet, but knowing that God is at the helm brings an infinite measure of peace and comfort.
So what now? Another verse that I was reminded of today is found in Lamentations 3:25-26 – “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Waiting is good for us. Fun? Not particularly. We tend to want what we want, in our own time, but God says that it is GOOD to wait quietly. However, we aren’t just to wait quietly, we are to seek Him.
Do we know what our future will look like now? Yes and no. We may not know all of the details, but are certain of one thing: God will continue to direct our paths as we seek Him and wait patiently on Him.