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Earlier on in the year the ground was prepared, ploughed, and left to stand a while before the seed was sown, and favourable conditions aided the germination of the wheat. From where I could see, the first signs of life was the greening of the field as the young blades appeared to break through the surface of the soil.

After a season of the elements having been watered by the rainfall, warmed by the sun and caressed by the gentle summer breeze the wheat was ready for an early harvest.

With many hands and machinery to the ready the work began. Cutting, tying and stooking for a whole day until the work was done and the field that was once clothed with beautiful golden wheat was now dotted with decorative stooks left to stand.

For a moment of time I wondered if wheat had a mind of its own what would it be thinking after this process. Give to it a voice and what would it say? Maybe it would say something like this:

"I don't understand! What just happened to me? I thought there was more of a purpose for my life than this! Why have I been cut down and left to stand against the elements and forgotten!"

Does this sound familiar? Have you been through a process like this when you know God has called you to do a certain work that no one else had been equip to do? You took up the baton faithfully and allowed the Lord to grow you into the person you were certain God wanted you to be. And just when everything seemed to be gaining momentum, everything 'stopped for tea' as it were. Now today you may be feeling as if God has overlooked you and left you - just ... standing!

I know exactly what this is like; for I am currently in that 'standing' process at the moment, and I know of others who are there also. It feels like a pretty frustrating place to be in but having been here before I am persuaded that this is indeed part of a process that the Lord's people must go through in order to be fully equip for what it is we must be doing sometime in the future.

Let's go back to the standing wheat for a moment and see what's happening to it during the passing of time. There it stands under the scorching sun and against the summer winds and slowly begins to dry. A process it must go through if ever the wheat kernels are going to be usable. Without this process the wheat would be no good for human consumption or for re-sewing for future crops.

Perhaps you are in the process of learning the unspeakable wealth of waiting on the Lord.

You want to be up and doing right now but the door has closed on you for a while. Perhaps you're feeling the heat of oppression or the winds of adversity and you feel helpless to do anything about it. Every ounce of your being is telling you that something has gone wrong or you are not in the right place - but wait! If you have a tendency to fight against your circumstances that are holding you up - wait! If you feel like you're being swept away by an emotional tidal wave - wait! Don't fret, don't struggle, don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed - just wait!

Here is a promise of hope just for you if you are in this frustrating period right now:

"I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places,
that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel."
Isaiah 45: 3

The Lord is mindful of your circumstances and your inmost feelings, and it is quite possible that you have been set aside by divine appointment. There are times when it is necessary for God to place His children in the dark, or make them stand and wait for a while in order to prepare them for receiving treasures of greater value than anyone could ever comprehend and hidden riches out of places no one knew existed. These treasures are quite possibly going to be appreciations of the Lord Himself you would never have learned otherwise - and I might add - yours at your disposal in time, and yours for keeps forever!

Ultimately it's all about Him in the long run. If ever we are going to have an meaningful life and an effective ministry it has to be based on an intimate knowledge of Him. So waiting on the Lord is something that is certain to bring with it tremendous rewards; therefore be of good cheer and don't allow yourself to become disheartened.

Remember, you will not be waiting forever!

Let's take a quick look at some of the Bible's great characters to see that they had to do a period of waiting or 'standing' as well.

  • There was Moses who at the age of forty was full of zeal to deliver God's people out of the hand of the oppressive Egyptians but God sent him into the backside of the desert for a further forty years before God saw He was ready!
  • Then there was Joseph who was mistreated by his jealous brothers and languished in a prison for seven years because of the lies of an evil woman and the forgetfulness of a fellow inmate, but when the time was right God rose him to a position of power and authority.
  • Paul the Apostle spent three years back in his homeland of Tarsus out of the lime light just when it looked like his amazing testimony was taking effect and people from all quarters were trusting in the same Jesus he once rejected and persecuted.

And so you are not alone, even the lates and the greats have all been there, and would not have been the men and women of God they turned out to be without that all important standing process.

As the following power verse reveals; our own strength is altered and renewed while waiting upon the Lord; and not a moment of that standing time is wasted. And as a result He will raise His faithful servant to a higher spiritual level where confidence and steadfastness is the name of the game. The Lord alone knows these are the characters that are needed in these spiritual dark days before the imminent coming of our beloved Lord

"They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Isaiah 40: 31

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"It is God to whom and with whom we travel,
and while He is at the end of our journey,
He also is at every stopping place"
Elizabeth Elliot

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