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God Gives When He Takes Away

God gives when He takes away

The waiting room of a trail

The hard truth is that God takes away.

And it hurts. Often when going through a trial the waiting is the hardest part. Waiting for the pain to leave, for the trial to end, and for things to resolve.

There are a few things that I have learned while waiting. The first is that the Lord is in the waiting room with me. Satan will want me to feel alone and abandoned, but I am not. There are lessons to learn while in the waiting room of a trail and if in the right mind set, gifts to be had. Because time seems to slow down while waiting, the ability is given to ponder and consider changes that can be made to my life. As much as it hurts sometimes, there is refining that needs to be done for personal and spiritual growth. When in the waiting room there is inspiration and understanding to be found.

Second, what I do in the waiting room matters. I can have a horrible attitude, making the time absolutely miserable for myself and those around me. Or I can purposely choose joy and happiness every day. I can choose to open up my scriptures and read or write in my journal. I can choose to get out and work, serve, and be a part of the community. Staying home depressed and defeated never got me anywhere. It is when opening up my life enough to still go out and be a part that not only helps change my outlook, but brings forth blessings. The positive forward motion of getting out there, attending functions, and being a part of this life matters. Because I have discovered that the trial I am going through my not be just about me.

Third, the waiting, regardless of how long, will always come to an end. It may not come a quickly as I would like, but it will end, and things will change. God always gives when He takes away. Often it is the gift of patience, that of faith, and that of bravery to walk forward into the unknown. Often the most valuable, satisfying, and beneficial gifts God gives us come through experiences of suffering and loss.

Just as one prunes their garden for the winter, after months of waiting, it comes back beautiful and in full bloom in the spring. There is this fact—winter always passes. During this wait, I take comfort in this scripture:

“They that wait on 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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