Don’t give up too soon.
It was 17 years from the time God called me to write my story to the time “The Widow Wore Pink” was finished. My literary agent pitched it to umpteen publishers. The book was rejected over and over. It felt like I was rejected over and over.
Whispers from the enemy said, “God can’t be trusted. He set you up to be disappointed.”
I could have given up with a sigh, It’s not meant to be. Or, It was never meant for publication – just family legacy, or (my personal favorite) It’s too late. You missed it.
But, God …
When it was finally in print and released for sale, I knew I’d experienced a little miracle. That book has gone places and changed lives of women I will never meet. It has opened doors for me to speak that would otherwise slam shut in my face.
Don’t give up too soon. Don’t give up short of your gift arriving, your promise being fulfilled, your healing coming to pass or your deliverance delivered.
God does not make things easy. He makes things possible.
When we come up against hard things, we need to lean into God. As we wait, He builds our character. He builds our trust in Him. He provides fresh testimonies of faith when we trust Him to deliver what we cannot manufacture.
If we never bump into anything hard, we become sloppy and soft. We’d never grow, or experience miracles, or appreciate favor balls from heaven without hard stuff in our lives.
If God was a genie in a bottle instead of our loving father in heaven, we’d never even speak to him except to make a wish. And what kind of faith does that grow?
When all seemed lost
- On the beach of the Red Sea (Exodus 14)
- In the fortress of Samaria (1 Kings 6-7)
- On the 6th day marching around Jericho (Joshua 6)
- In the belly of the big fish (Jonah 1)
- On the road to Bethlehem (Ruth 1)
- The day after Jesus was crucified
Biblical heroes and heroines in the Bible were tested in their faith and their fortitude. And were rewarded abundantly.
In the waiting, pray!
Don’t let a little push back keep you from collecting on the call, or the promise, or the gift, or the healing, or the deliverance God has waiting for you. Resistance is not always God saying NO.
As you wait, pray. Pray like your life depends on it and don’t give up. Write your prayer on your heart and your bathroom mirror. Write it in your Bible and circle the verses where God has provided to others what you need in this moment.
God’s timing is perfect and his hands are full of good gifts.
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for today that you’re tempted to give up on? Leave me a comment below and I’ll join you in prayer for it.
Prayer: Father, you know what’s best for us and when it’s time for us to get it. Help us to trust you in the waiting and the wondering. We want to stand firm on you. Lead on. In Jesus Name amen.
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