Read:

In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. – 1 Samuel 1:10

Reflect:

Waiting really is the hardest part of having ambitions and longings. Hearing God continually whisper, “Not yet,” can be crushing.  After all, doesn’t hope deferred make the heart sick? 
 
When we read this story of Hannah and her struggle, her shame, her agony and her pain, it’s easy to question God’s timing. Yet, we know how the story ends. God uses her son in ways she couldn’t even imagine. Perhaps God allowed her to wait and wait and wait to bring her to an end of herself and her vision for her life. God needed Hannah to be completely open and submitted to the calling He had upon Samuel-no strings attached.

God loved Hannah enough not to immediately gratify her. He painstakingly showed her that she had everything she needed in Himself. She needed only wait on Him, believe in Him and trust in His goodness.

Sisters, God doesn’t change. If God has you in a “not yet” season, He is moving and molding you and your circumstances into the best possible position for you, for the calling He has upon your life and for His glory.

Pray:

Gracious Heavenly Father, by your Spirit, help me to see You as my only desire. When You have me in seasons of waiting, help me to see that You are at work, whether I realize it or not. Amen.

Your Turn:

Are you in a “not yet” season? Instead of focusing on your need, moment-by-moment redirect your heart to the treasure-trove of Christ.

Take heart, He is working all things together for your good! 

Tiffany Gaines

Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to a military man and they will soon be transitioning from the military. They have and home-school three amazing kids, two boys and one girl, who are 12, 9 and 6 years old. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.