However, I believe that the waiting season is very necessary, as mentioned in last week's post. Reaching our dreams isn't supposed to be easy.
But why does God allow us to go through waiting seasons, especially when it seems as if we'll never reach the destination?
- To see if we will persevere and not give up. So we can learn to have patience and trust in Him.
God uses these waiting seasons to shape us. They're supposed to prepare us for what comes next, not make us give up. The Israelites didn't reach the Promise Land because it ceased to exist, but because they chose to give up.
- To develop our craft.
"That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy."
- To be shaped into the person that God wants us to be. To have time for our faith to be strengthened.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing."
- It's simply not His timing.
Last night I was reminded once again that my timing is not always God's timing. I was told that the release date for Purple Moon has been pushed back to the spring. To be honest, I was a little disappointed at first, but then God showed me all the reasons why this is actually best. If I could, I'd have the copies of my book in stores tomorrow. However, tomorrow is not the day God had in mind. It's too early.
I'm glad that I'm not in control of the timing of my life, because I know that only God knows what's best for me.
And instead of wishing your dream could already be achieved, enjoy the journey. There are also joys in "being pregnant". Remember that God works everything out in His timing. It's not always about the destination anyway.
As soon as I posted last week's post, this song below came on my Pandora. It fits the theme of this post and I encourage you all to listen to it.
"Worth The Wait" ~33 Miles
"The Lord will work out his plans for my life..."
Have you ever felt as if your journey to publication would never end? What are some other reasons you think God has us go through the waiting seasons before reaching the destination of our dream?photo credit: arbyreed via photopin cc