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  • Writer's pictureJenni Lien

Reasons to Wait on God With a Big Goofy Grin

Christian art illustration graphic on Matthew 5:8 pure heart by Jenni Lien The Yay Project

Right now, I have a big goofy grin on my face.

Just finished my prayer time and it ended with me hugging a pillow (super comfortable, I often fall asleep in this position) and telling God how much I love him.

Today was one of those unexpected sessions with God.

I think 95% of the time, I have quiet time at my desk. After reading my Bible, I pray and journal, and then wait (expectantly!) for God to speak. But today, I felt him speak at ‘random’ times. A thought while my making my coffee, insight into random memories while reading my Bible. At one point, I walked around hands raised in my apartment. At another I was on my knees. All seemingly scattered but isn’t it so true that we’re to follow God (as we believe he’s moving, to the best of our ability) rather than expecting God to work according to our patterns?

God knows what he’s doing.

When we wake up each day, sometimes we know what’s coming. There are things in the calendar whether it’s meetings, appointments, things on our long to do lists etc. But there are also many things we can’t predict from actual events to our reactions. For me, if I haven’t spent time with God in the morning, consuming his truth, fanning the Holy Spirit in me into flame (2 Timothy 1:6), it’s too, too easy to get swayed by my flesh.

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. (2 Timothy 1:6)

But God knows what’s coming up both today and in the future. And he prepares us in his perfect way. Today felt God give me a bunch of reminders relating to various future things. Was so glad to receive them and write them down, will continue to pray over them and get excited about how God will move whether his promises happen in a day, a month, a year, ten years… or beyond!

Friend, I’ll be the first to tell you it’s not always easy to wait. But isn’t it so true that it’s often in the waiting that we learn to seek, trust, rely on God. When impatience starts to rise up, I’ve realised the best thing is to spend more time thinking about God. The more I think about God over everything else, the happier I am. Maybe it’s kind of an obvious statement but knowing vs. doing are different and it’s an area I’m still growing in daily!

How about you? Would love to hear what you’ve learned about prioritising God as #1.

May we always remember there is nothing and no one better than God. Let’s praise him for his ways, his wisdom, his patience, his leading, his endless, endless love.

God, we love you! May we always love you SO much we can literally feel it. Thank you for your love, your Word, your presence. More, please. Give us, teach us about you more and more.


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