No, I haven’t been hiding, I’ve been doing a LOT of praying lately as many of you have been and have been just waiting on God. This is something His Spirit has spoken to my heart and it’s not always easy, especially when you want to do, do, do!
But this morning I remembered this article from years ago in an email and internet circulation and it was something I had saved and archived. This is what has been on my mind. This was back in the 90s but I guess the one thing you can add to the list below, is the situation in the world and the nation. It’s not always just very personal things that cause us to pause, but the condition in the world and the unfolding of Bible prophecy in front of our very eyes!
Enjoy, and meditate on these words of wisdom from the Holy Spirit:
God’s Holding Patterns
Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to seem to “swallow us up.” Some seasons in our spiritual growth are like holding patterns. We can’t seem to move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us. God put Jonah in a holding pattern because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was at the mercy of the fish; he couldn’t go anywhere, and he was all alone in that trial.
For Jonah there were no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat, no interference’s, and no interruptions. He had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate, and pray. When we are deep in the midst of a difficult situation, with nowhere to turn or to run, that is when God can and often does talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen. Then when He has our attention, He can use that situation to place us where He wants us to be.
A Few Of God’s Holding Patterns:
1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed, but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern.
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.
3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can walk through them, you are in a holding pattern.
When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are usually no interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no mountains that are high enough, no valleys low enough, rivers wide enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from His love for us.
We must remember to praise Him while we’re waiting and remember three things:
1. The holding pattern has a purpose based in God’s will for us.
2. The holding pattern is made up of a perfect God ordained plan.
3. The holding pattern is part of God’s sovereign process for our development.
When we recognize we are in a holding pattern, we must be just like the airline pilots who recognize this as part of the flight, part of what is necessary to get where we need to go. We need to stop struggling and start listening for instructions, keep on praying, and trusting in God, our flight controller. He’ll keep us right where we need to be until it is time to move on. Then we will be able to hear Him clearly say, “I love you and have only the best in store for you!”