TODAY’S INSPIRATION: THE WAITING ROOM…

THE WAITING ROOM

I would like to share with you an article written by my sister friend who is a licensed therapist and most importantly a woman of God. It is called “The Waiting Room” The fact is we are all waiting on something or someone.  

      The Therapist’s Thoughts

Sharing Mind Mints to Refresh the Heart

                                                                   Joni Hursey-Wingate, L.P.C.

  The Waiting Room

When was a time you were consistently waiting? Perhaps you are in a state of waiting now. How’s your tolerance when something or someone you desire/need isn’t available? Do you resort to dismay, disobedience or disbelief? Some aspects of waiting can be compared to wanting to make a purchase. The store won’t sell the display and there’s no date for the next shipment. Of course, what we long for may not be tangible. Waiting can be daunting; yet God’s timing isn’t ours. We are to trust in the Lord as we wait. If you can relate to the agony of not experiencing immediate gratification, then welcome to the waiting room. 

The Lord refines our faith when we aren’t resistant to waiting. (Romans 8:25). The waiting room consists of those who doubt, believe, or may be virtually numb due to their perceptions of success and failure. One may encounter many emotions when attempting to embrace the promises of God, while struggling to eradicate the devil’s ploys. Satan’s strategy is to disrupt the discipline achieved when persistently waiting. Let’s consider behaviors that may surface in the waiting room. The ball and chain characteristics of dismay are typical. A “pity party” demeanor is usually evident. Feeling helpless and hopeless are precursors to depression. Becoming so consumed in the drudgery of yearning for what we don’t have; we carelessly disregard what we’ve already obtained. While waiting, reflect on the blessings received to signify what’s forthcoming. This intervention can abate feeling overwhelmed. All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, (2 Corinthians 1:20). Individuals with a sense of entitlement, thinking there should be no delay, display agitation and impatience in the waiting room. Are you familiar with the hasty horn blowers, the pushers in crowds, and those destined to reduce the waiting process at any cost? This conduct may lead to sin and disobedience. The sense of panic and impulsivity can be detrimental, especially if it surrounds money, power or relationships. Our sense of urgency doesn’t modify God’s timetable. The enemy tricks this type into construing how they deserve it now. Tantrums, manipulation, or bargaining won’t lessen the wait. Realize God is sovereign, and therefore in total control. Engage in calming strategies and constructive interests to develop endurance during the waiting room period. The waiting room is also comprised of those who feel they have waited for so long and haven’t received; they become anesthetized. Many deny they still want it. It’s a defense mechanism to compensate for possible embarrassment and disappointment. They tell themselves and others, they are no longer interested and lose focus. An antidote for this approach is to acknowledge and identify what’s being experienced, while enthusiastically preparing for the awaited prize. Successful survivors of the waiting room are able to dismiss the microwave concept and savor the premise of a slow cooker. When GOD gives His children a promise; they can be assured He will deliver; it’s just a matter of when. Welcome again to the waiting room.

The waiting room is also comprised of those who feel they have waited for so long and haven’t received; they become anesthetized. Many deny they still want it. It’s a defense mechanism to compensate for possible embarrassment and disappointment. They tell themselves and others, they are no longer interested and lose focus. An antidote for this approach is to acknowledge and identify what’s being experienced, while enthusiastically preparing for the awaited prize. Successful survivors of the waiting room are able to dismiss the microwave concept and savor the premise of a slow cooker. When GOD gives His children a promise; they can be assured He will deliver; it’s just a matter of when. Welcome again to the waiting room. Whether you are sitting, standing or pacing, waiting seems inevitable. Pray and fast while in the waiting room to alleviate stress, (Philippians 4:6). Understand there’s an underlying purpose when we don’t immediately attain what we want; or feel we need. Recall when Jesus was asked to heal Lazarus? He tarried 2 days before pursuing, (St. John; 11:15). The delay enhanced the magnification of the miracle. Hebrews, 11, verses 39 and 40 depicts the devotion to wait on God when the promise wasn’t received, as the reward that is granted is even greater. Our relationship with the Lord is to be so intense; it exceeds the quest for earthly requests and treasures. Our legacy is established by depending on God and the love we shared and lived.

Whether you are sitting, standing or pacing, waiting seems inevitable. Pray and fast while in the waiting room to alleviate stress, (Philippians 4:6). Understand there’s an underlying purpose when we don’t immediately attain what we want; or feel we need. Recall when Jesus was asked to heal Lazarus? He tarried 2 days before pursuing, (St. John; 11:15). The delay enhanced the magnification of the miracle. Hebrews, 11, verses 39 and 40 depicts the devotion to wait on God when the promise wasn’t received, as the reward that is granted is even greater. Our relationship with the Lord is to be so intense; it exceeds the quest for earthly requests and treasures. Our legacy is established by depending on God and the love we shared and lived.

Beloved, always endeavor to be confident, not complacent, diligent, not despondent, anticipant not anxious. Hallelujah! Oh my, Praise GOD!!! Can you believe it? You finally made it and are now being divinely directed to exit the waiting room!

Brothers and Sisters, I pray that this blessed your soul as it did mine. I pray that in the mist of waiting, you are strong and do not faint, because as my sister said, we will exit the waiting room! Love and Blessings…

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

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