BY ELIANA DHIOS
Today, as I’m writing this I am having the worst day I’ve had in a long time, and it seems funny to me that I’m beginning to write about waiting and patience while feeling like I’m stuck in a deep, dense mud.
It’s not a new feeling. I’ve been stuck many times in my life, feeling like there’s no way out, sharing to friends and leaders that I have been impatient through a waiting season and hearing back from them, “You have to keep going, let go and let God.”
But let’s be real, that’s more of the same stuff and most of the times it’s not enough. I mean, thanks for the bible verse and the feel-good smile, but no thanks.
Because when you are impatient, have control issues, and fear the unknown it’s not easy to step into a new season of uncertainty. To make it requires one to deepen one’s relationship with Jesus and one’s community and while encouraging the phrase “Let go and let God” isn’t going to cut it.
So from a girl with all of these issues and who is currently looking upon a foggy road, I want to remind you that waiting/being patient is a never-ending process. I have learned that who we become during this process is gonna make us or break us.
Maybe life is tough right now, but today I want to talk about enjoying your journey and using this time to become a better version of yourself― more raw and vulnerable, honest. The world needs more people who are willing to talk about the ugly and the uncomfortable.
I don’t know what you’re waiting for or how painful your journey might be, but there’s a couple of things that made my rainy days a bit brighter.
The Art of Perseverance
“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience, in turn, forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”
Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)
In NIV version it says “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope…”
Think of this time as an incredible chance to be shaped like Jesus, and with that in mind just keep going. When you fall or have a bad day, it’s okay. But stand up and keep running towards the perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
The Art of Praying
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
This for me is the most challenging part, it’s really hard to do this all the time. But after persevering a few times, I found that this is what’s kept me sane. To be able to open my mouth and say, “Jesus I can’t, I’m angry, I’m sad. Why?” and sometimes not being able to open my mouth at all knowing the Holy Spirit is interceding for me (Romans 8:26) and lifting the heaviness off of my body. It is truly life changing because instead of losing my mind worrying about everything or trying to do everything with my own strength, I can lift up a prayer in every situation and know that peace will come.
The Art of Finding Jesus Everywhere
“…And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b
Maybe because we live in such a time where people rush to everything it’s hard to find Him; in the summer wind, in the way the birds sing or in a big beautiful sunset. Maybe it’s because we don’t stop and look around or maybe because we want something quick and easy. But Jesus is not like that, He wants our hearts, our full attention. I know He’s willing to be found, but we have to be willing to look for Him in every moment.
To me, personally, He feels like the moment when you catch a glimpse of dust speck that only appears in the light floating in the air. He’s always there. Once we see the light, we’ll see Him too.
This is what has helped me get through a lot of my waiting seasons, and even with this, there are some days like today where I need to go deeper because it’s not enough, because my heart is a bit more broken than last time and my vision a bit blurrier.
But Jesus said,
“Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens…” Matthew 11:28
It’s okay to be vulnerable before Him. He gets you, He’s been there, and He is with you right now. Use this experience to connect with other people that are going through the same season. Lift up your voice and encourage someone, even if you feel heartbroken. The world needs more people who are honest about their journey and throughout their journey.
I know some days are not easy, believe me, I get it. But like Kristene DiMarco’s song says, “Take courage my heart. Stay steadfast my soul. He’s in the waiting”
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
“I’m Eli (25) from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m a Graphic Designer who loves Jesus, naps, coffee and people. I’m passionate about being authentic and real when it comes to my faith and I try to encourage others do the same, even more when it comes to woman’s stereotypical roles in the Church, as I do that in my blog (REALES). I’m trying to figure out my life and God’s plans as I go. I also love to read, and enjoy a nice brunch with my friends.”
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I love to share a song that ties along with each post and I came across this one a few days ago I See the Light (Spontaneous) [Live] by Bethel Music. Seriously such a powerful song! Waiting seasons are not a punishment. Totally the opposite, they are reminders that God truly loves us. It’s in the waiting, that He draws us near, prunes us, tends to us like a Gardner tends His garden. It’s because He loves us that we wait, we become more like Him.
Thank you for allowing me (Eli this time) to share what He places on my heart with you. I pray that these words pierce your heart and bring a little light to your soul. Remember, you are so loved and because of this more than a conqueror. The One who conquered the world lives in you and therefore you too can conquer the world! Keep pushing on!
Again, thank you for reading. Leave a comment below letting me (and Eli) know your thoughts on this post and share with us what God has been speaking to you. I’d love to hear! Stay tuned, friends!