Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Waiting...

My soul waits for the Lord;
He is my help and my shield.
Psalms 33:20

God often requires that you wait on Him. This is not because God cannot keep up with you or that He does not know what to do next. God is interested in a love relationship with you. Your waiting on Him develops your absolute dependence on Him. Your waiting on Him assures that you will act on His timing and not your own.

You may think of waiting on Him as a passive, inactive time. Waiting on the Lord is anything but inactive. While you wait on Him, you will be praying with a passion to know Him, His purposes, and His ways. You will be watching circumstances and asking God to interpret them by revealing to you His perspective.

While you wait, continue doing the last thing God told you to do. In waiting, you are shifting the responsibility of the outcome to God -- where it belongs. Waiting on Him is always worth the wait. His timing and His ways are always right. You must depend on Him to guide you in His way and in His timing to accomplish His purpose.

-Henry T. Blackaby

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bethany,
Those words are so encouraging, and a great reminder too .
The Lord’s Blessing to you!
Esther U.

Nicole said...

Wow.... Thanks for that, Bethany!
Very encouaging!

P.S. That picture looks familiar!!
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! :o)

Andrea said...

Only the Lord knew how much I needed to hear that. Thank you, Bethany! The Lord's blessings to you! ((Hugs!))

Sara N. Smith said...

Thank you - that was so powerful! How hard it is to wait sometimes - but it is the best thing to do!
(The picture is gorgeous!!)

Andrea said...

P.S. What book is that from? I would love to read it sometime!

Cheri said...

What an encouragement! Thanks for posting this!

Ryebread said...

Amen and amen! So often I want to rush things in my own time... And how foolish I am! God's timing is always perfect!

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bethany for the great reminder! Getting to know the Lord is a great blessing that only comes from waiting! Love ya' RW

Jennifer said...

Hi, I came across your blog and what beautiful pics you have on here!! I love talking to fellow christians around the world..so comment me anytime you want! Great blog!!

Anonymous said...

Bethany,

You are such a balanced photographer! ;D

Bethany said...

The excerpt is from "Experiencing God" by Henry T. Blackaby with Claude V. King. Excellent book I might add! :)

Anonymous said...

Bethany,
Thank you for sharing those chalenging words with us, it was just what I needed to hear today. The Lords timeing is indeed purfect! The picture is beautiful! I love the white against the blue!

Love and Hugs!!
Anna R.

MommyJDsPlace said...

Bethany God has certainly blessed you. I have a blog too. ourlittlemansion.blogspot.com
what a great way to keep in touch.
Julie D

DUSTYNNE said...

I needed to hear that, Bethany -- thanks so much for sharing what the Lord shares with you!

Margaret Neufeld said...

"But 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) I just though that that was a very fitting verse to g along with that.

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful quote. The picture is absolutely beautiful. Merry Christmas!

abi said...

Oh...how marvelous are the ways of the Lord! That was such a blessing to me! It specifically hit home as I'd just been discussing that with a friend here recently. If we will only choose to trust HIM, it will be evident that HIS ways are so much higher than ours!

Thank you again for allowing God to work through you! Gorgeous picture! :) Love you much!

Jade S. said...

I love that quote!

Kimberly Atnip said...

Thanks for your comment Bethany! Love your picture! Looks like you got some of that ice storm too. Hope you all are staying warm and enjoying this winter Holiday Season!
Love you!
~Kimberly

shuttersbuddy said...

Nice picture!

Daniel said...

What a beautiful picture!

And what encouraging words for this time.

May God bless you

Anders Viking said...

You couldn't have shared a better post like this one at this time...-a wonderful piece of text for sure. It has been a help!

The shot is wonderful--stunning. You are lucky you have snow at a time like that...it looks so magical!

Andreu

Jessica-Lynne said...

hey, bethany! Those are some encoraging words!Where in the world do you find all those powerful writings?
Well, we were planning on being in Iowa in nov, but we had some un-expected family things come up... so...I guess another time!I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas! And I hope your bus repair goes well/fast! hope to see you all again soon! Love from Wi- Jess

Andrea said...

Hey, Bethany - I just found the photography link I told you about this last summer. Enjoy!

http://mwphotographics.blogspot.com/

DUSTYNNE said...

Hey, Bethany, do you remember what UPDATES are??

:D

Jonathan Spratt said...

Bethany, you have some powerful images. Keep up the good work.