In the waiting

As we sit in anticipation of God’s answers to our prayers and requests,

God appears at certain moments of our life to have forgotten to keep his appointment of time, leaving us stranded in the wondering of his whereabouts.

His clock’s second hand moves in baby steps with its slow rhythm of every “tick” ….. “tock”, when we’d rather God run in response to our desires.
hands ot timeOur patience withers with the continual wait like a cut flower losing its beauty just days away from the vine.

cut flowers

Yet are the good things the Father wants to do through us
in His silence,
in the question marks,
in His pursuit of our hearts while
In the waiting.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14 NIV

In the waiting
Why do we allow our faith to be buried by the “sands of time” when God, on our watch, seems to be taking too long for an answer?
clock in the sand.In the waiting
Why do we hold God bound to our time when God isn’t limited by time at all? God is eternal.

A day to God is as a thousand years and likewise, a thousand years is as a day.
2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
holding onto clock
God is always faithful to being on time when the appointed time is never a second early, never a second late.
You can set your alarm for that hour.

Abraham was a hundred and his wife Sarah 90 years of age when God blessed them with their first child.

Joseph was taken into slavery at the age of 17 and became Prime Minister of Egypt at 30, a trial of his God given dreams for 13 years.

David was anointed by Samuel to be king as a boy but didn’t take his throne until he reached the age of thirty.

If any of us had been these four holding on for an answer from God, would our hearts give out
In the waiting?

The silence of God seemed to be most deafening when moving from the Old Testament to the New, God didn’t speak for four hundred years.

As one of His children, I agonize in abandonment over the thought of not hearing a word from my Father during this lifetime of silence.

The library of diaries stained with tears and heartbreak poured onto paper with time standing still in my grief wondering

“Was it something I said?”
Was it something I did?”
old clock with booksYet in the waiting
When you almost think God has forgotten you.
When your hands are about to let go of that last thread of hope of an answer,

Four hundred years of silence is awakened by a babies cry,
God’s first words are a birth announcement spoken through His son born in a manager, a child’s cry of Good News for us all.

The silence of God was actually preparation for the perfect time and perfect place for our Savior’s arrival.

When you think God has left you by the wayside, remember God is preparing the way for his response.

When the sands of time have almost run out, open your eyes for the new day about to give birth.
time in the sunRejoice!
Don’t lose hope.
Don’t grow weary.
Renew your strength.

Take hold the good things our Father wants to do through us
in His silence,
in the question marks,
in His pursuit of our hearts while
In the waiting.


31 they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 24 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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