Welcome I have noticed in recent months that when I seek advice and guidance regarding decisions I’m making, God will lead me to the words I need to read or hear. A few weeks ago was no exception. I read this verse, which spoke directly to a problem I was facing at that moment. I love how God speaks to me through His word.
Food For Thought When I want to know the next steps to take, particularly in my work and career choices, I have recently been led to verses about patience and waiting. Because I am intentionally asking for God’s wisdom in this area of my life, I feel it is no coincidence that He points me over and over again to verses like Isaiah 30:18.
There have been times in my not-so-distant past when I would seek God’s answers and direction, but when I would receive the answers that didn’t make sense to me or required too much discomfort on my part, I ignored them, thinking I knew better. Well, speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that God’s only going to give so many hints before He takes more drastic action. In my case, when I wouldn’t “move,” He forced a move on me. It turned out God knew exactly what my family and I needed most, particularly in our spiritual lives. I now accept God’s wisdom and answers with a better attitude and understanding.
Do I trust God to bless me, my family, our home, and my career choices? Absolutely! Do I have faith that there are good things in store for my family’s future? Definitely! Will some of these blessings look differently in reality than what I envision? Without a doubt! Do I believe God will restore what has been stripped from me, emotionally? Yes, but I have lessons to learn first. Do I know where and what I’ll be doing this time next year? Not really, but for the first time in my life, I’m not anxious about the unknown. Does God have better plans for my life than I do? I most certainly believe that now.
Sometimes God wants us to act quickly, but other times He seems to be saying, “Just wait a minute!” So what is required from me? Patience and waiting are part of the package, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit on my rump and do nothing. I believe God is using me at this time to reach people, spiritually, that are closest to me. He may very well grow my blog to reach far more people in the future, but in the meantime, I have people within my own family, community, even under my own roof, that need me to love, serve, and teach. It may not be glamourous or pay much, but there couldn’t possibly be any more important work I’ve been commissioned to do at this time than to reach out to those around me. God is working big things through me and I get that the world may never understand exactly what I’m talking about, but that’s okay. I’ve been communicating to God and He’s good at letting me know what He needs from me. For right now, that means I need to “stay put” and persevere with the tasks at hand. And I don’t even have to wait for His blessings…I’m living them every single day!
Additional Scriptures to Study Here are a dozen verses I have been drawn to in the past couple months with the common theme of waiting. If you are finding yourself in a season of waiting, you may find them encouraging, too.
Last month I shared a delicious and comforting dish, Braised Beef Tips with Onion Gravy and Mashed Potatoes. That was a dish for patience and waiting, but so worth it in the flavor department!
The recipe I have for you today is very similar, but requires much less work on your part because it is prepared in the slow-cooker. The meat does it’s slow-cook-thing all day, leaving you only to prepare some mashed potatoes when it’s time to serve. We like a side of green beans to go with this homey dinner.
- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. beef stew meat
- 1/2 tsp EACH salt, black pepper, smoky paprika, and garlic powder
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Mashed potatoes, for serving
- Toss beef stew meat with spices and flour. This works very well in a large zip-top bag.
- Place half of the onion slices on the bottom of a slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place all of the meat on the bed of onions and top with remaining onions.
- Mix the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce together and pour over the beef and onions.
- Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve over mashed potatoes.
- Note–the paprika gives a red tint to the dish, but the meat will be cooked well done.