Women's Devo | June 2022

I AM in the waiting

“Trust in the Lord and do good; Live in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring out your righteousness as the light, And your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not get upset because of one who is successful in his way, Because of the person who carries out wicked schemes.” - Psalm 37:3-7 NASB

In the aftermath of the 2008 recession, God called my husband and I to help with a church plant in Ohio. I knew God’s calling, and I felt confident that He would provide for us as we transitioned. CSX had furloughed Josh already, so I resigned from my teaching position in Jesup, Georgia. We moved our family of four to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in late June 2009.
When August began, I grew more nervous since I could not get an interview for a teaching position. I would cry out to God and pray for a job. I tried to recapture the confidence I felt so strongly a few weeks before. I attempted to get my emotions to align with my trust in God. I began a personal Bible study on waiting, and I found more scriptures dealing with waiting than I expected. The quantity of scriptures on waiting tells me that God has directives for us while we wait.

Everyone knows waiting isn’t fun. Waiting on God to move in a particular situation is about trust and rest. It is easy to say: “I trust God,” but much harder to act out that trust. Our emotions do not always align with our beliefs. That’s okay. Determine in your heart to trust anyways. Continue to pray and read God’s word. Rest in God, believing that He is at work even when you don’t see it yet.

King David wrote many emotional psalms when he was in dire circumstances. God can handle us crying out to Him. He will hear His children. Prayer is essential, especially in a season of waiting. It keeps us connected to God. It allows us to delight in Him. It helps us continue to do good and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37 encourages me to continue doing good works while I am waiting.

The world expects us to give up while waiting. The enemy would like nothing better. Sometimes, it even seems like the logical thing to do. Don’t give in. Continue following what God calls you to do. Consider the verbs from this passage: trust, live, delight, commit, rest, and wait. God has given us a clear path on waiting.
A few days before the 2009-2010 school year began, I got a job teaching kindergarten in a private school. God created that position just for me. It was the grade level I wanted, and the school board decided at the last minute to split a kindergarten class to prepare for future growth. God is faithful!

While you are waiting, He is with you. God referred to Himself as ‘I AM’ (Exodus 3), meaning that He is self-existent. God can be whatever He wants to be. God is the I AM in the waiting. He is saying to you: I AM your salvation. I AM your peace. I AM your comfort. I AM your healer. I AM your provider. He is all you need, and He is with you even in the waiting.
Kristyn May serves alongside her husband, Josh, as senior pastors of Blanton Grove Church of God in Jesup. They have been in pastoral ministry for over ten years. Kristyn leads worship and teaches Sunday School. In addition, she is an elementary school teacher, currently teaching 5th grade math and science. Kristyn and Josh have four children: Carrson (17), Aniston (14), Moriah (9), and Ella (8).

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