No, please not another year! Do I have to wait another year? What have I done to cause this long delay? How do I find the strength to continue even though I am discouraged and tired? I believe these are questions many of us have asked during our time of waiting. When there is a strong desire, waiting can seem almost impossible to do at times. Although it may seem hard, don’t give up, it will come at the appointed time!
What is an appointed time? A time that is predetermined, predestined, set and fixed. In every promise God has scheduled an appointed time. For many years before the birth of my daughter I struggled with the ability to wait. I knew that God had promised me a daughter but I often became overwhelmed with the process. At one point I tried to convince myself that I no longer believed because that seemed easier then accepting that God had an appointed time for his promise to manifest. There were many times I heard, “it’s not time yet” and honestly I would become offended and defensive. How easy it seemed for someone who had a daughter to say those words to me. I mean really, they had no idea how I felt! Well, that is what I believed at the time. Actually, most of us understand what it means to wait. Everyone may be waiting on different things but it does not change the fact that they are waiting.
When I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter it seemed surreal. It was really incredible since my husband and I had lost our twin daughters 3 years before. God’s promise was actually manifesting after years of crying, times of questioning and moments of doubting. I now realize that there was a set time for her conception, her birth and her life. God had already preplanned everything concerning her and although the promise was given to me and the desire grew stronger each year there was still an appointed time.
I encourage anyone who is in a time of waiting to be confident in God’s promises. He is always a keeper of his word and no matter how bleak it seems never lose hope. During our time of waiting it is important to stay encouraged. Although you may have your moments of discouragement do not stay there. Talk to a friend, begin to prepare for the promise as though it is on the way and continue to believe. Utilize your time of waiting in a positive way. Begin to focus on building your visions and dreams, self improvement and bettering the community. Even in the midst of waiting there are opportunities to move forward and to achieve success. Many times there is a path we must take prior to getting where we would like to go. Pray for guidance, walk your path and never give up because the desire will come forth at the appointed time. Regardless of what you are waiting for there is something for you to remember. Wait! Don’t give up! It’s coming in time!
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4
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