Waiting tests our faith in myriad ways. Think of the facets in a diamond. As the light shines on the stone, it radiates myriad colors that can’t be adequately described. When the Lord shines His light on our trial of waiting, only He can describe what He sees in our hearts.
I want to attempt to describe something from my life. The Lord had me sell my mobile that I have lived in since December 2016. It was listed on February 1. A buyer eventually came with my escrow ending May 2. However during that whole waiting time, the Lord never opened a door for a place for me to live. He kept me hemmed into Himself, and totally undergirded with many praying for me.
I live in a senior mobile park. As each neighbor saw my for sale sign, the conversation usually went like this: “Where are you moving to?” I would say, “I don’t know yet, but God will open a place for me in His timing.” Each time one would see me out walking they would ask if I had a place yet. My answer was always the same.
On February 10 He told me to not look with my eyes, but to look with my heart’s belief in Him. Also to look through the eyes of irrefutable truth. Here are a few: He cannot lie, His arm is not short, nothing is impossible, and He cannot deny Himself. (Titus 1:2, Isaiah 59:1, Luke 1:37, 2 Timothy 2:13)
On April 6 I took my original mobile registration documents into the title company. As I walked out I felt like I was heading into a trap. The next morning the Lord told me to memorize Psalm 71:1. Within minutes it was glued in my heart. I sang it, spoke it, and made it my prayer. It became my breath.
He gave me three verses to memorize that literally met the need I was facing at the time. I did one a week so that I had time to meditate on them and savor and unpack the truths in each. Psalm 71:1 says, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.”
That afternoon I was clearing out a drawer. On the bottom was a little card with Deuteronomy 20:3-4. It was dated October 31, 2016. It says, “Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint. Do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” What an embracing verse!
On Thursday the 14th I memorized Psalm 71:2. It says, “Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me, and save me. Saturday morning I woke up at 1:30 and knew the Lord had sprung the trap. New songs just kept bubbling up. I was so free!
My next was verse 3. It says, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” The three verses became my breath. They carried me through each strategic step as the Lord prepared me for His answer.
The Lord kept every door closed until yesterday. My church friend texted me to say that she might have a place. It is a believer couple that I know. I called and Mary only had a window of a half hour before an appointment. I went over to see it. It is a perfect 600 square foot studio. I can stay there until the Lord opens up my permanent place.
As I was driving home, I had no words. I was speechless because I was being flooded with such an outpouring of abundant grace. I hope that this encourages you in your time of waiting. It is the Lord’s invitation to His grace. Isaiah 30:18 says that He waits so He can be gracious to us.