Friday, December 16, 2016

Words of Faith: Rachel's story about waiting on the Lord

The Preciousness of Waiting
A Words of Faith story by Rachel Hauck

Sunday morning as we sang the song “Good, Good Father,” I was struck by the first line of the bridge which says,
“You are perfect in all of your ways.”

How often I doubt God is perfect. I think He’s forgotten me or worse, ignoring me. Nothing could be further from the truth! He loves me! He’s for me! He has good plans for me. 

The other night I was talking to a musician friend who’s been waiting a long time to record an album. But the doors never opened. In the mean time, he learned to write better songs. He’s partnered with seasoned professionals. In the waiting, he became the songwriter he needed to become. We don’t like waiting. We want what we want…now!

But God is perfect in all His ways.

My writing journey happened fast compared to some. But I didn’t have immediate success. I was published but not very popular. I've been writing full time for 12 years and my career finally took a turn. How far or how long the turn I don’t know but God is perfect in all His ways. Over the years, I had opportunity to write for different publishers but the doors never opened. 

A few years ago my agent talked to me about co-writing as a way of helping another author while boosting my sales and earning potential. But I never had peace about it. Soon after I ran into a physical issue that slowed me down for about six months. Had I been in a co-writing deal amid my own deadlines...Shivers!

God is perfect in all His ways. In today’s world, it’s easy to become consumers of fear and anxiety, doubt and depression, envy and jealousy. But we are called to gaze upon Jesus and find our purpose and identity in Him.

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; 

From where shall my help come?

My help comes from the Lord, 

Who made heaven and earth. 

He will not allow your foot to slip; 

He who keeps you will not slumber. 

Behold, He who keeps Israel 

Will neither slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord is your keeper; 

The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day, 

Nor the moon by night. 

The Lord will protect you from all evil; 

He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in 

From this time forth and forever.

What comfort to know God is watching over us day and night! He is good. He is faithful. Don't lose patience with the journey. Take hold of the preciousness of waiting. He won’t forget you! 

Be blessed!

Author bio: 
Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat. A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, she worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in uncomfortable chair to write full time eight years ago.

Rachel serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, a conference speaker and worship leader.

Rachel writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan. 

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