Posted by: macahajo | January 14, 2014

What do we do at times like this?

Last summer, we shared about the Africa ministry with a local pastor. He had just been to Africa, and we had a great two-hour conversation over lunch. It took several months, but we finally got an appointment to share with his church’s missions committee. That was last month.

A few days ago, we heard that the committee would decide on Monday (which was last night) whether or not they would choose to partner with us. It’s kind of like waiting to find out if you’ll be hired for that job you want!

We’ve been praying for people and churches who want to partner with us in the Africa ministry, and over the last several days, specifically praying for this church as they decide.

Waiting can be so hard! And it can get so discouraging! And then if the door closes, if the answer is no- that can be so depressing! What do we do at times like this?

Well, this morning, I knew I needed time with my Lord. I needed to take in His truth and keep my eyes on Him, instead of on my circumstances. This is what we need to do at times like this! We need to give our emotions to Him and embrace His Truth. (Ephesians 6) We need to put on the armor that the Lord gives us to stand strong!

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer
You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint
You won’t grow weary…

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

-Chris Tomlin, Everlasting God

After I spent time in worship and in Psalm 42, I got a phone call. I didn’t recognize the number, and I thought, Could this be the missions chairman who we were waiting to hear from?!  Well, it wasn’t. But, instead, it was from one of our prayer partners who told me he was praying for us, and wanted to share some Scripture with us.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.

-Psalm 37:7

What a blessed morning from the Lord. My personal time with Jesus this morning helped me to not worry about or focus on my circumstances. And then the Scripture that I received on the phone continued to encourage my heart to trust the Lord as we wait on Him.

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-Cathy Lynn


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