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In The Waiting

Hey friends Its Sylvia Nwokolo, and I'm glad you have joined me on this journey to enlighten you to thrive and be all that you were purposed to be. What do you do in the waiting? You know when you are still expecting to get the result you want, the period where it doesn’t look like anything is happening. The waiting period can seem so long and hard. It could seem like there is no way out or you might be left wondering how it will all happen. Let me share with you one of the scriptures that resonates with me from the word of God. It's in Psalm 126

When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!

I'll pause and give a bit of context as to what is happening in this particular verse in the bible; the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon because of their sin and God had promised through Jeremiah that they would be released. You can read more of this in Jeremiah 32 & 33.

But as we all know there is a period of waiting, between when the promise is given and the fulfilment of the promise. The waiting period can seem the hardest to endure. I honestly can’t imagine what the Israelites went through but I sure know how I feel in a waiting period. So reading this story of the Israelites taken captive in Jeremiah 32 and 33 and then reading Psalm 126 when they were expressing their joy on their release, I can only imagine the joy they felt coming out of captivity. What joy that would have been!

This scripture gives me solace in my waiting period. It makes me imagine the emotions I need to feel now as if I have received the breakthrough I am waiting for. It stirs up faith in me.

Let’s take that one verse again, When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem – feel free to fill in the gaps with what you are waiting for in this season of life - when the lord answered my prayer, when the lord gave me my dream job, when the lord blessed me with my child after an excruciating miscarriage, – It was like a dream! It was like I was dreaming! Eh! My mouth was filled with laughter and my tongue with singing, and everybody rejoiced with me cos they saw the great miracle of my job, my baby, my wedding whatever you are believing for – the rejoicing will not be hidden.

Friends, let your imagination run wild with joy so you can start to experience the breakthrough you are waiting for. God is able to do much more than we ask, think or imagine, but he wants us to please him with our faith. So how can we stir up our faith? It is vital to discover what God has said in his word or through prophesy about your victory in that challenge and hold on to it. Keep the mental picture of your victory. Hold on to your miracle because faithful is he who has promised. (Jeremiah 32 &33) Let faith arise in your soul. Hold on to them and keep God’s promises before you always and like me declare psalm 126 to yourself that God is going to turn things around because he promised to do it. Keep the vision before your eyes. Meditate on his word and imagine yourself overcoming that challenge and receiving answers to your prayers, and like the Israelites imagine your mouth filled with laughter and your tongue with singing.

When things don’t seem to align to God’s promises for you, know whose truth to hold on to. Let God be true and every man be a liar in that situation. You know the reality of the situation you are facing but you also know the end because of God’s promise to you. Remain curious in the middle of the wait knowing that everything will work out for good.

Now tell me my friend, What joy is on the other side of your challenge? The joy of carrying your baby, cuddling him and watching him sleep. The joy of doing life with your husband or wife. The joy of one soul, your friend, neighbour, colleague getting to know Jesus. For the joy that is set before you endure the hardship from your emotions; the hardship of getting a negative pregnancy test when you are expecting a positive result; the hardship of praying for your future partner; the hardship of being turned down when you are witnessing for Jesus. Endure the hardship and believe for your breakthrough. Keep the joy before your eyes as you endure the journey of getting there.

Depression comes about when there is no hope. Keep your hope anchored to the word of God, because Psalm 126 finishes up with these words: Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy, they weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. Acknowledge how you feel in the waiting but don’t stay there, know there is a harvest coming your way, there is hope.

Friends let hope arise in your heart today, and like me, read psalm 126 with a new meaning of hope for you. Hold fast to God’s word for you and do not waver because faithful is God who has promised and he is able to do what you ask, think or imagine according to God’s power that is working in you.

I would like to end with a brief prayer. Father God thank you for we know that you will bring breakthrough to our challenge so that our mouth will be filled with laughter and our tongues with singing. Thank you God for the victory you are birthing through us in Jesus name. Amen

Until next time my friend, its your host Sylvia Nwokolo reminding you to keep winning, shining and thriving. God bless.

Sylvia Nwokolo is a Wellbeing Transformation Coach and Author.

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