Waiting on the Lord

Waiting On The Lord | Lessons From The Farm

Hello again, and welcome to the Rosevine Cottage Girls. Today we girls are talking about the importance of waiting on the Lord, as well as verses about waiting on the Lord.  We are sure glad that you have joined us in today’s adventure.
 
If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Instagram you probably saw our little rescue over the weekend. It always seems like something is going on here, right?
 

Waiting On The Lord Instead Of Just Jumping In With Both Feet

 
It was a brilliant day. The sun was shining the sky the most amazing blue.  There was a breeze blowing but just the perfect breeze, not one that knocks you off your feet but pleasantly keeps you cool in the warm sunshine.  We were all sitting at the table on the deck enjoying a bible study on this glorious day when I decided that I should take a moment and run down to the pool and make sure it was working well and the filter was clean.  So up I got with the last sip of my iced tea went down the deck stairs and down to the pool.  I was still talking to mom as I went. We were laughing and calling back and forth to one another. When I was checking the pool filter I happened to look up only to see a little face that kind of looked like a skeleton’s head and great big ears staring at me.
 
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation;
    my God will hear me.  Michah 7:7 ESV
 
After grabbing my heart and making sure it is still soundly beating in my chest, quickly I retraced my steps, retrieved the camera – I wasn’t about to stick my face over the edge of the pool to see what it was and run the risk of getting it in my face- and of course Mr. Cottage. I am bringing Mr. Cottage.
 
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7-8 ESV
 
 

 

Sooooo, after dangling the camera over the edge of the sparkling blue water and then snapping a few pictures my guess was confirmed.

A bat.

Yes, you read that right

B-A-T

Bat.

Of all of the things I had expected to see this morning looking at me, this was not it and to say that I was not excited to see it is an understatement.

 

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  Romans 5:3-4

 

Somehow Mister Bat had taken a dive and now sat just above the waterline looking mostly drowned and definitely not its best. I don’t know if it was out on a midnight flight looking its best kind of wonderful and feeling overly self-confident and out for a good time and got turned around or was trying to get a long cool drink at the pool of shiny waters and fell in.

 

Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
 For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.  Psalm 33: 20-22 ESV

 

Thankfully for Mr. Batty, Mr. Cottage was able to scoop it out with our pool net.

 

It’s kind of ironic that we do the same thing, isn’t it?

 

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25 ESV

 

We rush ahead without seeking His will, we dive in at the first sign of something glittery without a thought or even a prayer about if this is His plan for our lives. I’m just a guilty as the next gal. We get caught up, sidetracked if you will or maybe we get tired of waiting on Him. It’s so easy, isn’t it?

 

I believe that I shall looka] upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!  Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14 ESV

 

We can do it on our own! Girl power, pixie dust, and whatever else, and then we end up in a situation something like the bat. Alone, hurting, and scared. In way over our head with no hope of getting ourselves out and needing someone bigger than us to swoop in and rescue us. 

 

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 ESV

 

 

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV.

 

It’s easier to attempt to grip the controls of our life than move over and let God take the pilot’s seat. But when we wrestle the controls back from His hands and insist on our own way we miss all of the amazing blessings that He has planned for our lives.

 

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18 ESV

 

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

 
 
We can’t keep the controls. Every time we try we only end up in the deep end of the proverbial pool without a paddle. But when we wait on the Lord, and when we allow Him to steer our lives we will end up where we never imagined. 
 
 
 
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Missionary, Jim Elliot
 
 
“Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”
 


 

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