This was my daily encouragement from E-mail Ministry, and it was really encouraging...so I wanted to share it!
Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in
our life to "swallow us up." This season in our spiritual growth is a
holding pattern. We can't move to the left or the right. All we can do is
sit, like Jonah sat in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our
undivided attention and speak to us. God put Jonah in a holding pattern
because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was all alone. There were no
friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat,
no interference, and no interruptions. He had plenty of time to sit, think,
meditate, and pray.
When we're deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to
us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about
ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.
A Few of God's Holding Patterns:
1. When you are sick in your physical body and you have prayed but God has
not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern
2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on
the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding
3. When you have been praying for the salvation of a loved one and they have
not been saved yet, you are in a holding pattern.
4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God,
but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are in a
When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no
interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think,
meditate, and pray. We cannot run from God because there are no Mountains
that are high enough, valleys low enough, rooms that are dark enough, or
places that are hidden enough from Him. We must remember to praise Him while
we're waiting and remember three things:
1. The pattern has a purpose.
2. The pattern has a plan.
3. The pattern has a process.
So stop struggling and start listening, praying and trusting. He'll keep you
right where you are until you can clearly hear Him say, "I love you."
Prayer: Father, forgive my unbelief. I know You Love me and will turn
anything around to benefit me. You have planned nothing for me but victories
and I am ready to receive them regardless of how difficult the path. Amen
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance
between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand
up to anything.
-- Author Unknown