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Actively Waiting

We all go through times of stress, pain and disappointment. And we all go through those seasons differently. Right now, I would say my stress comes from being in a season of waiting. I have always said, “The hardest thing for a human to do is to wait” and I’ve learned it really is hard! Patience is a gift but it is also a learned skill, so there is hope for us.

As I find myself in a season of waiting, God is pointing my husband Moises and me in a specific direction, but the details have not been fully revealed yet. It is not the kind of waiting where you do daily life normally — it’s the kind where you need to be actively waiting. When we are in these kinds of seasons we tend to focus on what we are lacking and the need in us threatens to takes over the little peace we have. So how do we actively wait? The answer comes from Jesus. He has given me a few words during this season that I would love to share with you.

ACTIVELY LISTEN : God spoke this to me through Pastor Denise saying “I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). She began to describe the blessings God had for me and my family, but I need to trust that in Christ Jesus, I lack nothing. Even when we are in seasons of waiting, we must remind ourselves that we are lacking nothing through Him alone. He IS all we need, there is no greater gift than our relationship with Jesus.

ACTIVELY SEARCH : One day I came into my office and was riddled with anxiety about the unknown of our situation. I felt like I was loosing my grip on trusting what God had spoken to me at the beginning of this season. The puzzle pieces weren’t fitting — in fact, they were multiplying! The feeling of “waiting” was over taking me. Desperately, I decided to search God’s word and there he brought me back to Romans 12:12 – “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”. God knows exactly how to remind me to take my place in the cleft of His rock. He knows exactly what to say and do about our situations and we only need to trust Him.

ACTIVELY HOPE : My hope comes from my belief that no matter my circumstance I lack nothing in Christ Jesus. No matter what my current season looks like, I can claim peace and hope in my life because God has a perfect plan. As long as I submit to Him — His plans, His ways — the road will always end up with me safe in the cleft of His rock. We can cling to hope by praising Him in song, declaring His promises and remembering all the ways He has worked in your life already.

Friends, you must realize that there is nothing that you could possibly be waiting for that is greater than HIM alone. And you will ALWAYS have JESUS. You already have the greatest gift here on earth.

Walking with you,
Leah Ramos

1 Comment

  1. Michele Martin on January 21, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Leah your words touched my heart and were so very timely for me. I think we probably all go through seasons where we need to wait on the Lord. Not fully understanding the timing and circumstances. I love how you broke down the waiting period into 3 categories. You have become such a Godly woman of wisdom (and at such a young age). I’m so proud of who you are in Christ and pray that your season of waiting will be fruitful and blessed. Love you.