rooted in the waiting//

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the topic of waiting is an ever present subject in my life. for as long as i can remember i have always been waiting for the next thing. waiting to graduate high school so i could go to college. waiting to graduate college so i could get my masters. waiting to fall in love. waiting to get the perfect job. always, always waiting. in the midst of all my waiting i failed to see the true purpose for actually waiting. the waiting grows us. 

psalm 126:5 says, “Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing when they harvest.

this psalm is historically referring to the freedom of the israelites from babylon. this verse gazes forward to the mercies that had yet to come. the conception of mercy soon encourages us to pray for the completion of that mercy.  we are promised that in the midst of sorrow, in the midst of our “wait” the end will be joyful.

as i was reading this verse, God gave me this analogy: When seeds are planted in the soil, in order for them to grow rain must first come. Sometimes the gardner has to sow the seeds in the wet, just as the believer has to sometimes sow his/her tears in order for growth to occur. 

tears of sorrow for our sinful hearts, yet in the end Jesus will redeem us.

tears of tender gentleness in prayer, yet in the end Jesus will give us peace.

tears of compassion for a burdened church, yet in the end Jesus will take the church as his bride.

these tears, these precious tears, sown with sorrow and sweat during the waiting will bring a harvest of joy in the end.

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the seed now watered must now withstand the harsh environment of the world. dry wind, wet rain, cold snow, scorching heat. it doesn’t mean we don’t feel the harshness, it simply means that when we do, we bury our roots deeper in the life giving soil of the word. 

“Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord, his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3

take note of the language used here. he will and is sure, both leave no room for doubt. even in our waiting we can be assured that God will be there. he hears our groans of pain, just like he heard the cries of the israelites.

these groans, what are they? they are our growing pains. and isn’t waiting just that though? growing pains. the waiting can hurt, but in the end there will be a joyful harvest. no doubt, it will be. 

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“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

this verse is not only our instruction for the waiting, but also our encouragement. we are told to STAND FIRM; we are to stay rooted in the soil my friends. but the best part?! get this sisters, our waiting is not in vain. our struggles though they may feel fruitless, are yet not. we friends, are promised a joyful harvest.

i encourage you to harness the power of Romans 12:12 and to use this verse as your battle cry during the waiting. use it in those times when pruning the roots or watering the soil feels like just too much of a burden to face. you are not alone. God is with you and he hears you.

“Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.” Romans 12:12

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(photo credit: victoria hardy)

on another note, i shared this with my wednesday night women’s small group, BLOOM, tonight. we are having a break before we move onto a different study, so i had to prepare something. when praying about what i was to share, God placed this topic on my heart. i felt like i needed to share it here too.

be blessed.

xoxo

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