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While I'm Waiting

This verse means a lot to me and right now it describes what I'm feeling and what I need to do.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall guide your paths." Proverbs 3:5&6 (NKJV)

If I give God all that I have in my heart He wont turn me away and tell me that He doesn't want what I offer. He tells us to "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) If He tells me my desires will be mine, what do I have to worry about then? He's got it all under control! It's my turn to give it to God and wait for Him to do the rest.

How do you handle a Desire Deferred?

On The Mindset

How do you handle it when the thing you want the most is right there in front of you and all you have to do is reach out and grab it? But every time you go to grab it that thing takes two giant leaps backwards and you're right back where you started? How do you handle it when the closer you get to the desire you want the most, the more that desire sneaks further away from you? How do you handle it when you're arms length apart from it and every time you make an attempt to grab it, more distance separates you from it?

I recently found myself in a similar predicament. Every time I reached out to make a grab at the thing I desired the most it would move farther back. Picture it for a minute. Imagine having your utmost desire lying about twenty feet ahead of you. And in between you and that desire is obstacle after obstacle. Now imagine battling every obstacle and knocking over every barrier that stood in your way and right when you got close enough to reach out and grab it, that "thing" leaped two gigantic steps backwards and left more obstacles in front of you. Now imagine knocking over all those new obstacles only to get right back to where you just were and to discover the same thing. The further you stretched your hand out to grab it, the further it retreated back from you. In my case I kept trying to reach out and grab it with my own hands. Basically I kept trying to pursue that desire "my way" and thats when it hit me. (literally it just hit me) Instead of trying to reach out and grab it because it was so close, perhaps it was time to put it in God's hand.

How do you handle it when the thing you want the most is right in front of you, and all you have to do is reach out and grab it? Put it in God's hand. Here's what happened when I did that. Instead of that desire moving further backwards it came closer to me. God acted as a bridge between me and my desires and in the process He taught me a valuable lesson. All desires that you wish to obtain must flow *through* God no matter how close you are to it. Psalms 37:4 says "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart". We don't give ourselves those desires, He gives it to us.

For those of you who are right there next to the thing you desire the most and you're wondering why it keeps moving backward, perhaps you are like me and you are trying to obtain it the wrong way. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the fact that we can *see* it and the fact that it's so close to us that our first instinct is to reach out and grab it. But we have to muster up proper discernment and patience and know that without a bridge to take us over we cannot link up with our desires no matter how close it seems we are.

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