Friday, March 25, 2011

#158 - A Pursuit of Fervor!

Good morning to you on this wonderful day! It has been a blessing, these rain showers at night... washing away some of the yellow pollen that covers everything. In Jesus Name, no allergies or pollen formed against me shall prosper!!! Nonetheless, the rain has been a welcome blessing at night! I have an extremely full morning... and lots of traveling this afternoon... so we best get into some Word. We are taking a visit back to our regular reading schedule. :)
Proverbs 31:25 - Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
Psalm 25:3-5 - Yes, let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame or be disappointed; let them be ashamed who forsake the right or deal treacherously without cause. 4Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. 5Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long. 
First of all, I find it interesting that here in Psalm, we have David... King David praying for US, you and me! Those of us who trust in the Lord, David is asking the Lord for us not to be disappointed. I thought that was pretty cool.... David, way back, was praying for ME and YOU!

Waiting. Have you ever just wondered, When will I get there? When will I get to my goal? When will this happen or that happen? When will be my time? When will this dream come to pass? When will the 'waiting' be over? When will I arrive? Well, I know that at times, I have found myself asking those very questions in certain areas of my life. Tyler even reminded me of it this morning. I met Tyler in July of 1998 on a mission trip. On that very trip, God told me I was going to marry him, God told me specifically that he was going to be my husband. After the trip, we both separately went back home and carried on with life. I, in Indiana, Tyler in South Carolina. For the next YEAR AND A HALF, every day I pleaded with the Lord! "Lord! When are you going to let Tyler know that I am supposed to be his wife? When is he going to call? When is he going to write? Email? Anything? LORD!!! WHEN!?!? Please Lord, just let him know that he is supposed to pursue me." What seemed like the longest 18 months of my life, at the time, I was waiting. I was expectant, but nonetheless, I was having to wait. What a time that was. BUT... what is interesting.... now, I have been married to Tyler for over 10 years! Looking back, though I remember the pleading with God, I remember the sleepless nights, looking up at the stars just wondering when the time would come. I remember it all very clearly. But today... I have Tyler EVERY day! Every day of my life, I have him.

Things that could have made the time go faster? I believe it I would have been more focused on the Lord, seeking and pursuing the Lord, seeking and pursuing my calling at that time in my life, I believe time may have seemed like it would've went faster. Instead, every day I was just moping around, pleading and longing to be with Tyler. Every day! My happiness was determined by the rush to the computer lab at college.... would I have an email from him today?!? Logging in to the campus computer, within minutes I would either be on a cloud of bliss, or my head would hang in disappointment.

What's the message? Look at the Proverbs 31 woman! Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure! WHY? She rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]! She already knows the outcome! Our Proverbs 31 friend is not standing as I was, head hanging low, sad, disappointed. She is standing just like I COULD HAVE been standing, in STRENGTH & DIGNITY. Her shoulders pulled back showing her position of STRENGTH & SECURITY! She is SOLID! She is CONFIDENT! She is EXPECTANT! She knows the outcome is good! And do you know what, I spent 18 months of waiting and it was miserable. It was such a hard time. I could have changed perspectives. God already told me Tyler was going to be my husband, I could have just rejoiced over what the future held instead of longing every day in my present. 

God's timing is perfect! We all have dreams & goals. We all have things we desire. Maybe we are looking to find our joy. Maybe we want the dream marriage, happy & fulfilling. Maybe it's a bigger house. To be out of debt. To have a new vehicle. Maybe it's to retire from your job. Whatever it is, your days are numbered and your VICTORY is at hand. But while you wait out those numbered days, STAND like the Proverbs 31 woman in strength. Like our Psalm, KNOW that your outcome will not bring disappointment, but as a CHILD OF GOD, it will bring VICTORY! The Word WILL come to pass in your life! The desire WILL BE fulfilled! And while your waiting, PURSUE your FATHER with FERVOR! Pursue your calling with FERVOR! I know sometimes "moping" is the easiest thing to do, but choose to PRESS IN! PRESS IN to your gifts, talents and abilities! Press in to what GOD has called you to do RIGHT NOW! Maybe you are called to be a blessing to someone else right now. Pull yourself up. Take your eyes off the "consuming desire", and be consumed with the Lord's will for your life today! What are you called to do TODAY? As you complete your calling, you will be shocked when you turn around and your desire has COME! It is here! You are walking it out! You are living in it! What a blessing. But don't miss today while you wait. 

Have a great weekend! :) 


Connie said...

Amy, God's timing is perfect and His timing for me to read this blog at this moment proves it! I long for success in our business so I can fulfill every calling God has on our lives without any worry about financial restraints but get so caught up in that fact that it isn't happening fast enough that I forget it's in His timing not mine! Thanks for reminding me of that very vital truth! You are a true joy in my life!

Amy J. McCart said...

Amen Connie! God would not have placed the desire to succeed in your heart if He was not going to give you the capabilities to make it happen. Continue to STAND and be in Faith! Whatever you put your hands to will prosper! :) xoxo!

Rhae said...

I read this over and over the other morning and came back to it again today. It is definately a prayer of mine daily that God keeps me focused while I wait on his timing....I know it is coming! Thanks for your reminder :)
Love you fiend!

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