Pausing {Day 30}

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{Day 30}

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land

of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes,

wait patiently for the Lord.”

~ Psalm 27:13&14 NLT

 

God is good.

He is perfect.

This world, my friend, is not.

Maybe this is why I’ve dreamed of discovering that elusive genie who supposedly grants three unbelievable wishes, because my first request would be to wipe away every disease from this planet.

But you know what? This dream of mine will one day come true, but it won’t be from this fictional character. No, ma’am. This desire to eradicate illness stems from something within each of us that instinctively tells us something is off in this distorted world.

Oh, beautiful friend, the good news is that as believers we have hope! God reminds us in Psalm 27:3 that the Lord loves to share His goodness when we wait patiently for Him.

I’ll admit, it can be daunting during those moments when the creases in our brow pinch together with uncertainty about our circumstances. When I hit those low points in my wobbly journey, that’s when I know the only way to pacify my soul is to kneel with a pen and paper nearby, and whisper to God:

“While I’m waiting for answers, Lord, what do you want me to do?”

This may seem like an odd prayer, but speaking from experience, when I humbly ask, He whispers while I wait. And that’s the key.

Waiting.

Pausing.

Really sitting still and listening.

My brain struggles with this at times. But the days I do, I’m amazed by His presence.

Right now, I have a challenge for you. Let’s pause this devotional for five minutes as we kneel with our pen and journal in hand, and ask the Lord what He wants us to do.

Now reread what you felt like the Lord said you.

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(Forgive my interlude, but I wanted to share a snapshot of how this exercise worked for me.)

Today is June 13, 2020. I’m not sure what month or year you’re reading this, but right now all around the world we are fighting COVID-19 and reeling from the newsfeed of riots and protests and all that surrounds this sad time of sickness, death, and hostility.

So I struggled with following my own instructions I just gave to you. But for the sake of editing away to make this devotional authentic, I grabbed a scratch piece of paper and a pen and bowed down.

As I asked, “What do you want me to do?” That’s when a rush of emotions bubbled up and I wept.

Me.

Your cheerleader.

Water droplets soaked my journal as I scribbled away the fears gripping my heart.

You guys, it feels uncomfortable to write a hope-filled devotional during such sad times. On top of this, I still don’t feel qualified to publish anything since I’m not some spiritual leader, and there’s this crazy voice in my head that repeats that all I’m doing is wasting time. And can I not see the pain in the world? And what will my dumb words mean anyway?

Sorry for divulging my mental ramblings.

But there is this other voice, and I hope you hear this, because I truly feel like He wants you tuned in, and it is saying something else. He is nudging me as I scrawl along, editing my printed draft, that He wants me to encourage the weary.

And I have to believe this is you He’s writing to.

He just needs fingers to press the keys to publish His words.

I’m showing up today because He told me to tell you He loves you.

He wants the best for you.

He does.

 

(Back to the devotional.)

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The beautiful truth is that we belong to God, and we’ve already won the victory, because of the spirit who resides in us is greater than the spirit in this world (1 John 4:4).

He knows this world is a defective place we do our best to maneuver through. It was never supposed to be perfect after the fall of man—that’s what heaven is for. But today He promises when we put our trust in Him, when we truly wait on Him, He will show up in unexpected ways.

Can I encourage you today to repeat God’s promises by writing out today’s verse, and maybe even memorizing it? Even if the tears slip down your face, embrace His Words as you repeat:

 

“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness

while I am here in the Land of the living.

I will wait patiently for the Lord.

I will be brave and courageous.

Yes, I will wait patiently for my God!”

 

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This was our last day together, so take a moment and write out what your favorite tool was to help you overcome any uncertainty weighing you down:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Next, write out a prayer telling God how you will be brave while you wait on His timing:

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“Impossible is where God starts.”

~ Christine Caine

 

“As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to

save me, and my God will certainly hear me.”

~ Micah 7:7 NLT

 

“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you,

and you will give me glory.”

~ Psalm 50:15 NLT

 

“He will pray to God and find favor; he will see His face and shout for joy, and God will restore the righteousness of that man.”

~ Job 33:26

“I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.”

~ Psalm 40:1-3 NLT

 

“Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will bring me safely through them.”

~Psalm 138:7a TLB

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You guys, I cannot believe how long it has taken me to share these words with you.

Ha.

As a matter of fact, I have been saying for over 7 years that I’ve felt like God has put this desire in my heart to write a devotional. 7 years. But honestly, this last year when the world seemed very wonky because of Covid, I felt more compelled to finish this task. And actually, I have a few more bonus devos I’ll add in the coming weeks, but for the most part, this project is complete.

Praise the Lord!

Thank you for participating in this journey with me. And for those of you who are seeing this devo for the first time, you can click here and start at the beginning. : )

God bless you all,

Dabney

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  1. Laura Bennet says:

    I’m so glad you’re choosing to follow his lead. Your words are a great encouragement to many! I believe our Father would say “well done, good and faithful servant.”

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