Waiting on the Lord's Timing

Freedom felt so close- I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We thought we were going to be completely debt free last week, as someone wanted to buy the property we own- even told us several times they wanted our land. Then on Friday they decided to buy a lot right down the road instead. It was very disheartening and sad. We have had the property for sale for almost one year now and it's priced low. I have a feeling that God is teaching us to wait on Him. It's sometimes so hard to wait patiently, even though we have seen His faithfulness time and again.

About three years ago we were trying to sell our house- we weren't making much money at all, we had just switched to one income and were paying some bills with credit cards (which is the main cause of the debt we are still trying to pay off now). We really, really needed to sell our house, and we couldn't. It didn't sell in "our" time, but we made it to the month it did sell, which just happened to be days after it crossed the capital gains tax limitation, so we didn't have to pay taxes on the equity. It wasn't in our time, but all in God's plan.

That's happened to us a few times now- things that wouldn't work out how or when we thought they should- but when they did, it was more perfect than we could have ever planned.

It reminds me of these verses in Jeremiah 29- this passage always comes to mind when things don't work out like I think they should.

11'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

12'Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

13'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

And I love these too- there are so many verses in the Bible that are focused on waiting. It's amazing really. Wait, wait, wait on Him. Waiting requires our faith. We live in the day where we hate waiting- we like instant gratification and quick decisions. It's against our nature to wait. But, if we do wait and seek the Lord's will for us, we are less likely to do what we decide is the "best" plan and we are more likely to see God's faithful hand in our life.

Lamentations 3-
22The LORD'S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I have hope in Him."
25The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the LORD.

I want to wait on Him- I know He is faithful. I am so thankful we have such a wonderful God, aren't you?

Please pray for us to remember His faithfulness and continue to wait- patiently, fully trusting in Him. :)

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