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How Long Will it Be?

Psalm 119:81

 I am worn out waiting for Your rescue, but I have put my hope in Your word.
Psalm 69:3

I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping,waiting for my God to help me.
I have been blogging a bit about giving it all up and carrying luggage around.  I have shown how these things work in my life and now I am moving forward step by step, little be little into the realm of my destiny just like God promised me.  How long did this take….hmmmmm..YEARS!  I went through some experiences and had some valley walks which made me stronger in the Lord and more at peace than ever before.  Sometimes we get caught up on the how long God? and the when it is gonna happen Lord? that we can’t wrap our minds around what is going on.  We live in a now society and sometimes we think God should be that way all the time too!
When we are surrounded by our life and it is not going so well, what are we doing to change our circumstances?  How do we change our positions so that God can actually work on our behalf?  Why do we think that it is always God that needs to do something?  Perhaps we fail to realize that things sometimes just take time.  Maybe there are other factors which are related to your circumstance that you cannot see.  Let’s just use my past marriage as an example.
I stood by my husband year after year wanting things to change.  When he stopped drinking I was excited until I saw what drugs was beginning to do to him.  Man, I felt stuck so what did I do?  I quit on God.  Yup, gave Him up like it was Lent and I was fasting something I really needed!  I was willing to give up the one thing that would get me out of the mess I was in just for the sake of trying to keep my family together.  I was in a place where I felt guilty that I had chosen against God’s will.
So how did things change?  Well for one it still took time for my miracle to occur.  I had to position myself with God again and as soon as I realized that I needed God, He began to change me, not my situation.  So many times we just want a quick fix and do not realize we might have been part of the problem.  We expect God to fix those problems in our lives, not seeing that we are the ones in need of fixing as well.  As God begins to heal your brokenness , He starts showing you the people and circumstances that you need to forgive.
With me the startling factor in the working of my miracle was that I needed to forgive myself.  Yes, myself.  I had to realize that I was beating myself up daily for the mess I had gotten in to.  Once I decided to forgive me, that is when things began to change.  I was able to receive God’s love.  I was able to forgive people in my life.  I was able to love again because I was beginning to love myself.
Are you waiting for God or is He waiting for you?  Are you wondering when your miracle will happen or if it even will?  I challenge you to stop looking at your circumstances and trying to figure out what God will do next or when He will actually move on your behalf, instead, look at you.  Do you need to forgive yourself? Do you need to let some luggage go?  Do you need to stop giving in and start giving up?  What is your next move, God is waiting to see what you will do.

Got Luggage?

Psalm 55:22

Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
So, you are standing at the terminal looking for your luggage.  You know what your baggage looks like, you can identify it right as soon as it comes around on the revolving circle.  You pick it up and lug it with you, wondering why you brought so much stuff.  Why is it so heavy?  You can’t set it down anywhere for fear of someone taking it, so you just keep dragging it around with you.  Now, that’s life as we know it let’s look at the spiritual side of luggage….
We all come from different walks of life and as we meander through this world we pick things up.  We carry with us past hurts and memories.  We place in our suitcases survival things just in case something goes wrong.  We know that if any situation all it gets too tough we will just take our luggage and run as fast as we can in the other direction.  What about all the unnecessary things we take with us, like self-blame, insecurities, doubts and fears?
When we come to know Jesus we should be letting go of all of these things, however, we often choose to still hold onto some things just in case it something goes wrong.  We try to hide our real feelings in the suitcases and put a smile on pretending we are letting go when in reality we cling to our baggage because we are afraid God will not provide or He will take our most valuable things away from us.  If we are turning our lives over to God then we should be able to fully trust in His provision, right?
Well, it’s not always that easy.  It took me three years to finally set my baggage down and walk away from it knowing in my heart of hearts that God was and would always provide for my every need. Are you ready to let your luggage loose?  Can you feel yourself wanting to walk away from the fears, pains and injuries from the past?  I found that when I was finally able to let go I could clearly keep my eyes on Jesus and not have to watch my luggage any more.  I did not have to worry about what was around the next corner or where my provision would come from.  I could focus on the next steps God had for me because I no longer lived in fear of losing my luggage.
Maybe it is time for you to come to terms with what you are carrying around. Are you willing to give your luggage to Jesus?