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Different Side of Desperation

waitingLast week, I read Glynn Young’s post for our weekly book discussion and he stated that he is in a season of waiting though everything within is screaming for him to do what he’s always done to resolve things.

I commented that I was in a season of waiting myself, that I am desperately trying to wait on God.

The words definitely felt odd to me. Being desperate and waiting–at the same time.

I understand feeling desperate as I wait because situations and circumstances pressure you to act and do and resolve. You naturally want to get out of those moments, hours, days, etc.–however long the season may be. There is a difference though in desperately waiting on God, denying your intellect and emotions the satisfaction of figuring it out for yourself.

I personally like to fix things. I like finding solutions and achieving resolution. Sometimes, I even think I have some fairly intuitive ideas, but then something inside nags and pulls at me, letting me I’m settling for less.

Many times I’ve given in and followed my own intuitions. Sometimes it’s been a disaster and other times it was okay. I believe the “okay” is the scarier one because some preachers want you to believe that everything done outside God’s help is going to cause a crash and burn scenario.

Sometimes you just forfeit God’s results in favor of your own.

I have committed my life to something greater than what I can produce, something that counts for eternity. Pleasant results for mine and my family’s comfort does not eternal significance make. I don’t always consider what I am letting go of when I choose not to wait any longer.

I’m seeing it differently now. There is another side to desperation that includes the fear of the Lord, that abiding and deep reverence and awe for God and His word. As I said, I am desperately trying to wait on God in current situations and allow Him to move and work. Emphasis on trying.

It’s a struggle, but His grace is a living reality. If I truly believe Ephesians 3:20-21, I can’t help but be confident in my standing.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

How about you? Do you ever find yourself desperately waiting on God? Do you struggle with simply “making things work”?

I am currently celebrating my 15th anniversary with my wife this week, but I so appreciate your thoughts and comments. I look forward to continuing the conversation this weekend when I return. Thank you! 


  1. There are several issues coming around the corner which I know will cause me to have to wait. My wife is retiring and our financial picture will change drastically. My daughter’s husband just decided he didn’t want to be married anymore. She and my grandson live 4 hours away. The church is faced with space issues which will require either continued two services or adding on (which costs $$$). One thing I do know is God is faithful and will reveal His will when it is time. Hope you had a great anniversary celebration.
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    • Wow, Bill. That is certainly a lot in the air and so sad to hear about your daughter’s marriage. Devastating. Praying that you’ll know that great faithfulness of our God more and more in these next days. Thanks so much.

  2. I’m waiting for life to slow down so I can get back to writing. Sometimes it’s a long wait. But I’m sure there are reasons.

    • The busyness of life is sometimes the greatest challenge! Praying you know with His certainty the timing and season you’re in and heading into, Dan. Thank you.

  3. I’ve always tended to be a “take the bull by the horns” kinda guy… which means I’ve been gored on too many occasions to recollect.

    I’m in a time of waiting, it’s been six years and still no resolution, but God is providing through it’s been so long now that I’ve been forced to wait and rely on the hand of God in my life, I’m not sure the best thing is for it to end? If anything draws us to our Father, we have to find the beauty in it. “He does work in mysterious ways…”

    “Be still and wait on the Lord.” Good things are coming to you, Jason.

    • Amen. Amen to all of it! Thank you, Floyd. I appreciate you.

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