27 August 2022
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
Trusting in the Lord without wavering when you are holding onto His faithfulness to fulfill a promise is hard, very hard. Over two years ago, I began praying into His promise that we were to “expand the space of our tent,” something which I deeply desired. More space, ahh, yes, please!
I received a picture of a large tree, branches expanding high and wide. What did it mean? I was unsure. Following this picture, a word from the Lord was received… “The Lord gave me a picture of a rainbow to remind you that His promises are real and to believe that if He has given you a word…He is going to make that happen. You need to have faith and hope and act accordingly. Plan for a new home, and begin to have the attitude that it is already doable.”
So often, as Proverbs 16:9 states, “In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” I had determined that the promise would be fulfilled relatively soon, this was 2020, so surely, within a year, it would come to fruition. However, God still had much to teach me about waiting on His timing. And. Patience. He spoke to my heart, “It is all on My time, not when you feel ‘Okay, I‘m good and ready.’ Don’t try rush things that need a specific time to come to fruition. Waiting on My timing is part of the secrets of My Kingdom”. The lesson to be learned is to wait until I say the timer is done, not when you are getting impatient and want it done – no one likes a half-baked cake!”
Throughout the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, the same words came, “Patience. My timing. Trust in Me,” and again into the greater part of 2022. Had I missed something? God’s “Soon, but not quite yet,” was not aligning with my time frame or definition of the word ‘soon’! However, He is faithful, and as He said, “There is a time and place for everything under the sun.” I just needed to learn to trust that He was in control.
Another image of a large tree was given, spreading wide and high…being rooted. Rooted…being surrendered to God, giving my need for control to Him – trusting Him fully, in all things. Having a deep knowledge of His faithfulness – something which only happens with time and is forged in trials. Rooted…bearing fruit in all seasons, the waiting ones too.
Then it was time. Time to take a step of faith. Abraham did not know the exact destination, but he knew step after step where to go. We moved our focus into the new area God was calling us to move. It was not a convenient step, but it was a necessary one. One of obedience. Very shortly after, we found a home for rent. The specs were just what we were looking for, within the right area.
Upon driving up to the home, the main feature taking precedence over all else was… a tree. An enormous tree, spreading its arms high and wide for all to see. God is faithful. Our application was submitted. However, if we were to be accepted, there were no funds in the coffer for the deposit amount, and Ryan’s SA visa was still pending – 13 months late. We received the thumbs up – application accepted. The house could be ours. A few hours later – another message was accepted – the exact deposit amount had been donated by someone who had never supported us before nor knew of our situation. The same day the Holy Spirit prompted us to check on the visa status – approved and ready for collection. God is faithful. Random calls came in – did we want some furniture, curtains, and many other household items – due to moving and sorting out storage facilities? God’s timing.
Was the wait for God’s promise to be fulfilled an easy one? No, not at all. But it was worth it, for His plans are so much greater than our own!
P.S. (We moved into ‘Cheyne’ Road – the Holy Spirit prompted me to look up the meaning…Cheyne means “God is gracious” and “Oak tree!”)
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean … Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.