LANDING THE PLANE. Years ago when Matt was stationed in Killeen, TX at Ft. Hood, we took a trip to California. We took a small plane from Killeen to Dallas and then a larger plane into California. The flight out was fine. The flight home was a different story. We flew home the same route into Dallas on a larger plane and got on a small plane into Killeen. We started out ok, but as we got closer to Killeen, a storm weather system approached. If you know anything about Texas storms, they are hard and violent. Due to the storm we circled Killeen until the storm would lift. We ended up circling for about 45+ minutes.
Now, I’ve never gotten air sick before, but this day after circling for so long, I was nauseous, dizzy and lightheaded. Both of us were feeling that way. My son was only a few months old at the time, so he was cranky. We ended up not being able to land, redirected back to Dallas to wait for another flight. Turns out, we weren’t able to get back to post until the next day. The airport was a fiasco and Matt was going to miss signing in to his unit at the appointed time. This ever happen to you? This is what it feels like sometimes waiting on the Lord.
You feel nauseous and weary. You get angry and frustrated because your plans aren’t coming together in your time. You miss out on your own deadline. You circle and circle, pray and pray, and things seem to get worse instead of getting better. You feel like your never going to land and all the while a major storm is brewing around you. Tom Petty said it this way, “the waiting is the hardest part.” But the only thing harder than waiting on God, is wishing you did. Never take matters into your own hands.
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalms 27:14
Here’s what I know, God is working things out for your good. In my experience, I was not ready always when I thought I was ready. The storm will destroy you if you are not properly prepared. The waiting time is preparation. God is doing a good work. He knows what He is doing. As long as you stay buckled in to His will and faithful to do what He has told you; then it will all work out peacefully. He is working things out for your good. Sometimes, He is refining your character through the waiting; and other times He is refining the process, people and circumstances you’re waiting for. Your trust is being built in the waiting. He is showing you that you can trust His Word even when you cannot see it. He is preparing a beautiful place for you to land.
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