How many of us become impatient in our walk with the Lord? I doubt that I am alone in this human emotion. I would like to take a moment of reflection and praise, as we remember: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” (Psalms 37:5,7).
Some years ago, I had just returned from a trip with HealthCare Ministries. I was basking in the after-glow of walking with Godly people, even more, to witness the miracle of His mercy in this troubled world.
And so, I felt anxious to know the next step. “Lord, where would you have me go during our next mission trip?” Almost immediately, I had the answer. I felt in my spirit, He was pointing to Africa!
I was filled with excitement! So, I turned my attention to future trips of our HealthCare ministry.But to my surprise, they didn’t mention any plans for travel to that part of the world. So, I prayed, and set the matter aside.
As months and years past, my life had become filled with commitment to other areas of concern. Mainly, my Mother moved to live with us. She was in a fragile state, so I placed the thought of World Missions on the “back-burner” of my mind.
Life has a way of taking us into unexpected circumstances. But we should remember, God is never caught off guard. He sees what’s ahead, and he knows the perfect time for each step of our journey.
Recently, I had a dream. I woke the next morning, and told my husband: “I dreamed I was in Africa! I was so happy, and I thanked the Lord for allowing me to be there.”
I must admit, I had forgotten, or maybe I should say, I had given up all hope of travelling to that part of the world. But the Lord did not forget.
The next morning, I received an email from our missions organization: CompassionLink. To my surprise, I discovered they had a trip planned for a country in Africa. And they needed a nurse! I realized He had prepared me for a very great blessing. The Lord is much more than the Savior who will take us to Heaven; he was a teacher during his time on earth, and the Holy Spirit is our comforter and teacher. “For in this hope we are saved…But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we should pray, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:24-28).
No matter how many years I spend in this life, I continue to be amazed at God’s perfect plan. So, please, dear friend, when ever you pray, remember to wait patiently on the Lord; for He has the perfect plan for your life.
Be Blessed, Donna