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Stepping Forward Ministries brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the children of Romania. 

Intern Blog 2016

When God Tells You to Wait

steve mather

Hi everyone! This is Maria, back with another post. I'm a little over four months into an internship here, in case you have no clue who I am. :)

Today, I wanted to write about something that happens to many people. Waiting. Waiting is commonplace, even in the fast-paced world we live in today. Over the course of an average lifetime, a person spends about six months waiting in line. And that's just physically waiting.

About a month ago, I found myself in one of these awful waiting periods. I had just come off the physical, mental, emotional roller coaster that is camp and I was eagerly awaiting the start of fall ministry. After About two days of downtime, I felt that I was fully recovered from seven weeks of working at camp and ready to take on the next chapter. 

Well, God had other plans. A couple weeks went by and plans fell through and ministries didn't answer emails and calls and I was...still waiting. Other than a few apartment and orphanage visits, I had nothing on my calendar approaching except a trip to Greece on September 8th. And it was August 20th. And I was tired of waiting.

You see, I am the kind of person who enjoys being busy. Not the stressful, I-don't-even-have-time-breathe kind of busy, but the kind of busy that fills my days and keeps me active. But God, as usual, threw me off by having me just wait for those few weeks. And now, I am at the point where I am grateful for that period of idleness.

In case you don't know, or are like me and forget, God knows everything and He always knows what's best for you. And if you end up in a situation that is uncomfortable for you or challenging for you, He will bring you through it. You may not see it at the time (like me), but He is present even in the hardest and loneliest of times. Unlike everything else in this life, He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6).

I hope you were encouraged by what I've shared with you today and are having a great fall, like me. :)

Maria