WAITING . . .

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One hour, one day, one week?

A month, a year, please not a decade!

“Pray and don’t worry, leave it in his hands”

Was the declaration I had made

 

Whether praying for marriage, a job

A house, a new car, or going back to school

I didn’t realize the process involved

And I was trying hard to stay cool

 

My best friend is moving out of the hood

Uncle Joe got a bonus and a raise

My neighbor got a full scholarship

All their prayers answered in a matter of days!

 

My ex got a new higher paying job

My aunt came through cancer free

Even my enemy got blessed with a new car

And my wild and crazy cousin still ain’t got an STD

 

Testimony after testimony at church

Answered prayers, blessings, and miracles too

For everyone but me

Got me wondering, “Lord, what did I do?”

 

I mean hold up, don’t he cheat on his wife?

And Sis. Joan stole church money right?

Don’t that girl drink and beat her kids?

And I know the choir director be clubbing all night!

 

I’m just dazed, annoyed and very confused

Cause they all just gave testimonies of praise

And I’m sitting here crying inside

Wondering when in the world I’m gonna get outta this phase

I’m weak, tired, and depressed

Ready to give up, and not even care

Forget praying and coming to church

Don’t wanna sing, give, or share

 

Sound familiar? We’ve all been there

Felt that way, and wanted to give in

Thank God for His Holy Spirit

Who always reminds us that we can win!

 

What I’m learning is that waiting pays,

Pays in ways I never would have thought

Saving me from unnecessary pains

Frustrations and battles that didn’t have to be fought

 

See I’ve learned that while the process of waiting

Can be tough, hard, stressful and long

At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done

Endurance will produce in me a brand new song

 

I’m talking about appreciation and gratefulness

For what He does behind the scenes

Coming through at the last-minute

With blessings through divine means

 

I look back and still can’t figure out

How I made it through certain times

Unemployed for months, but yet I still

Ate and slept without having to commit no crimes

 

My thirteen year old truck

ain’t died on me yet

I don’t love my job

But it pays the bills and I have low debt

 

I don’t miss my fancy house that I lost as I did before

As God is teaching me to appreciate the finer things

Like love, joy, and peace of mind

Health, family, and the strength that He brings

 

I’m learning not to make hasty choices

No matter how tempting they may seem

The devil is crafty and often wraps himself up

In a man, car, house, job, or opportunity of our dreams

 

Taking time to pray, listen and wait

Can keep us from relationships that aren’t worth our time

It can save us years of grief, from following a wrong path

Spending all our money, leaving us without a dime

 

We’ll avoid that car accident, that sickness

That was waiting on the other side of our impatient choice

That setup by our so-called friend, neighbor or brother

That was meant to steal our freedom and voice

 

The greater blessing is around the corner

On the other side of worry, fear, doubt and stress

But its reserved ONLY for those with enough endurance

To push, punch, and fight through all the mess

 

See, the best things don’t come easy, with little effort

In fact, we only get stronger after we’ve been tested

Beaten, shaken, angered, upset, and ridiculed in this life

It’s through our trials and tribulations that we become vested

 

When we give it our all by simply waiting and trusting

In God and God alone,

Through the tears, heartache and pain

Keeping our focus, staying in that spiritual zone

 

Crying to Him on the really hard days

Seeking out spiritual leaders for accountability and advice

Praying when doubt, negativity and depression creep in

Turning to His Word instead of Facebook – hmmm wouldn’t that be nice?

 

The biggest thing that slapped me in the face

In the midst of all of this

Is what I was missing out on while waiting

See, I chose misery instead of bliss

 

Hypothetically, if, I’m just saying if..

You end up waiting much longer than you expected

How you gonna spend those weeks, months, or years?

Looking pitiful, being frustrated, dying inside and feeling rejected?

 

Try enjoying life as it is, wherever you are at the moment

No matter where you live, work, or who or what you have in life

Focus on the blessings of each day

Before you know it, bliss will begin to replace strife

 

Push through the tough times, when the positivity dims

Read His Word more than ever, praying each and every day

After all, when we truly wait on God to move

There is a guarantee that comes our way:

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