“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4 NIV


When faced with choices, how often do we find ourselves choosing the option that offers a quick fix rather than what requires time, effort, and perseverance? In today’s society, where everything has become accessible so quickly and so easily, it has become difficult to find the value in the process of waiting. 


What if, instead of looking for a quick fix, we take the time to pray, lean in, and rest in the process? Allow Him to take you on a journey of finding the purpose in your waiting. While the journey will require more, it will ultimately yield us to discover new revelations and deeper facets of who He is. 


As a child, my grandparents loved to buy me different things I wanted. While I appreciated them momentarily, I would soon move on to the next thing. Years later I began working for the things I wanted and began to realize the cost associated. They were no longer an instant purchase by someone else, they were purchases that took time for me to make. Looking back, I appreciated those things so much more because there was a value on the time it took to obtain them. 


There are times in our lives where we want to rush through the breakthrough. We’re looking for the quickest way, demanding a timeline from God, rather than trusting Him in the waiting. But it’s in the waiting, as we continue to press in to Him and pray, that He does the necessary refining in us that brings maturity.


During this fast, may we be reminded that a delay is not a denial, a set back is often a set up, and we serve a kind God who never withholds good from us. Leading up to conference, may we embrace the surrender, trusting that God has ordered our steps, and that His timing is always better than ours. 


Samantha Eudaley
Administrative Assistant