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Date: 06.14.17
When You’re Waiting on God to Reveal His Plan


Many of us have times when we want to know God’s plan, but He isn’t revealing it. We wrestle in prayer and in the silence of God. We anguish over an answer not yet given. This can feel discouraging, especially when we know He has the ability to reveal His will to us. We know He could give us a vision or a dream, speak to us through a friend, or cause a message from Scripture to burn in our hearts so brightly we couldn’t deny His desire.

But we must remember that in the silence of God, He is concerned not just with the answer we seek, but with our transformation. He wants us to be fully ready to receive His truth. Therefore, His revelations are perfectly timed.

In John 16:12, Jesus told His disciples this very thing when He said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from me what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine.”

Clearly, Jesus wanted to reveal His secrets to His disciples. He wanted to bless them with the knowledge He had received from His Father. But He needed to reveal it to them at the appropriate time when they were ready to receive His words.

Ellicott’s English Commentary says,

“On His [Jesus’] side there is readiness to impart to them as friends all that He heard from the Father. But revelation can only be made to the mind which can accept it; and for those who have only in part understood what He has told them, there are many, many things which cannot now be borne.”

This is a great encouragement to us as we wait on God to reveal His will. In His great love, He reveals His truth at the perfect time when we are ready to receive it.

This is how it was when I had to wait 44 years for Him to reveal His plan for me regarding marriage. You see, I knew the kind of man I wanted to marry, and it wasn’t a man with children. Being a part of a blended family was not what I was going to do for various reasons.

But the years rolled by; all my romantic relationships fell flat, and some of them were just plain messy. During this time, without knowing it, God was preparing my heart for a good man.

Enter my husband.

My husband is a wonderful, principled guy. He is funny, and has awesome integrity and character. And best of all, he loves God; he is my friend, and is kind.  Most likely, because of everything I had gone through in relationships, I recognized many of these fantastic qualities right away and I immediately liked him. But there was one problem: He has five grown children—and I was not going to do the blended family thing, remember?

Time passed and I grappled with becoming a part of this new family. The thought of it felt like grief. I knew I wouldn’t be having kids, and I didn’t want to feel like I didn’t belong.

I decided to seek counsel for direction so I visited a Christian counselor near my home in Atlanta. During the session, we talked about dashed dreams and the power of gratitude over grief.

On the way home, I talked to the Lord without sweetening my emotions. “God, I just feel cheated. I wanted to have my own family.”

Then, out of nowhere, the Holy Spirit whispered clearly into my heart, The only reason you feel cheated is because you do not understand my plan.

That was all I needed to hear. I knew God was calling me to be a part of something redemptive. I would have a place in my new family, filling a unique role no one else could fill.

The Lord had revealed His will at just the right time. I would not have been ready to receive this word from Him when I was twenty-one or thirty or forty. I was only ready at forty-four when I was on my way home from the counselor’s office. I was only ready after years of wrestling and struggling and tears had tenderized my heart for a surprising move of God that I would have never chosen for myself.

Let these words encourage you: God knows what He is doing. He knows what you need to know and when you need to know it. He hears your desire to know His plan and He is preparing you to receive His plan.  In the meantime, trust in His love.

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” (John 16:12)

Posted in: Faith Life Challenges

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19 thoughts on “When You’re Waiting on God to Reveal His Plan

  1. This was so good. I am waiting, have been waiting for a very long time for a career that I am passionate about. Just like you said – ” I feel cheated”…. I feel cheated. God has given me these abilities and these passions and I can’t seem to find the right “fit” for me to use them. Some days I am tired of waiting and think it will never happen, that I will never be fulfilled in my career so this was really great to ready today.

    1. Hi, Leslie.

      Keep trusting Him. In the waiting, He is writing an amazing story in you that only He could tell. He is using you even now and will continue to do so in the future. Just prayed for you and direction.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  2. Hello Shana,
    Can I just say, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Shana, JUST this morning on my way to work, I kid you not, I was praying and talking to the Lord about this VERY thing. I have been praying and praying and seeking for answers on what my passion is and what I was called to do. Because I can be such an ambiguous person, I asked God to make it as clear to me as He would a 2 year old because I felt I have obviously missed what God has told me or was in denial! But after reading your post, maybe His time to reveal it to me just has not come yet. I wrestle with this thing CONSTANTLY because I’ll be 40 this year and still asking God about passion, purpose and calling, I feel like a nomad at times! But His plan is perfect and I know He will reveal it at the appointed time. Thank you for this encouragement. This was such rhema word for me!

    God Bless You and Your EFFECTIVE Ministry!

  3. Shana, I thank God for using you as his vessel to provide this on-time message to me. Wow, I really needed to hear from him. Thank you, God for using Shana!

    Blessings…

  4. Thanks for the insight and encouragement. I feel like I have been patiently waiting for God’s direction, but I am obviously not ready “for the call”.

  5. Hi Shana THANK YOU & May God continue to bless you and yours real good in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sharing with us today on this particular topic of waiting on God. All I will say is Right on Time!

  6. Hi Shana, I read your words as often as I can. I am 55. I have adopted two girls, 18 and 11. I have said many prayers as you. I didn’t know raising these girls on my own was going to be so hard, difficult and some days right down frustrating. I do not claim to be a wonder mom!!!! I lose my patience, get angry and expect too much many times. But always I am lead back to prayer and faith. I always assumed one day I would find my soulmate, but know God has a plan…maybe not right now, maybe later…or maybe he wants me to be totally dependent on him…but I do love my girls and want the best for them. I lean I to God for guidance and direction and read your words as well. God bless you and thanks Shana. 🙂

    1. Hi, Kerri!

      May the Lord bless you this day with His wisdom and peace. May He give you a knowing deep down in your soul that He sees you and that He is leading and guiding and holding and comforting you. I pray you sense His presence as you move about your day and with your girls.

      I can imagine things can be difficult on your journey. How marvelous that you are playing such a redemptive role in the lives of your girls.

      Saying a prayer for you right now for God to give you a good man for you in His perfect time.

      Amen.

  7. Shanna thank you so much 🙏🏻last night I was praying to God for a purpose and this morning the first thing I did was read this awesome devotional ,thank you because you are real and share with us what God put in your heart for all of us that need encouragement to wait and to trust .
    May God continue blessing you and your husband 🙏🏻😘

  8. You said that thinking about being in this new family felt like grief. You just knew you wouldn’t be having kids. You just knew you weren’t going to belong. It seems that somewhere deep inside you were at odds with God (just does He think He’s doing anyway). You were practicing relational religion instead of personal fellowship with God! I suspect you weren’t trusting Him very much at the time. I also suspect that your peace with Him and faith in Him were at a low ebb at the time. By the way, it appears that you were wrong! You DO belong in that family! Who knew!? And just how do you know that you own some day in the future? I know of a couple that God worked with for twenty-five years before He determined that they were ready to have the son that He wanted them to have. There names are ABRAHAM AND Sarah!

  9. Thank you Shannon for your response. May God continue to bless you as you help us all on our journey, each on a different journey but looking to our awesome Savior Jesus Christ to get us there, reading your blog along the way for guidance direction, uplifting spiritual messages and helping us see the light of Christ. Blessings Shana to you and your husband!

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  • This was so good. I am waiting, have been waiting for a very long time for a career that I am passionate about. Just like you said – ” I feel cheated”…. I feel cheated. God has given me these abilities and these passions and I can’t seem to find the right “fit” for me to use them. Some days I am tired of waiting and think it will never happen, that I will never be fulfilled in my career so this was really great to ready today.

    • Hi, Leslie.

      Keep trusting Him. In the waiting, He is writing an amazing story in you that only He could tell. He is using you even now and will continue to do so in the future. Just prayed for you and direction.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  • Hello Shana,
    Can I just say, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Shana, JUST this morning on my way to work, I kid you not, I was praying and talking to the Lord about this VERY thing. I have been praying and praying and seeking for answers on what my passion is and what I was called to do. Because I can be such an ambiguous person, I asked God to make it as clear to me as He would a 2 year old because I felt I have obviously missed what God has told me or was in denial! But after reading your post, maybe His time to reveal it to me just has not come yet. I wrestle with this thing CONSTANTLY because I’ll be 40 this year and still asking God about passion, purpose and calling, I feel like a nomad at times! But His plan is perfect and I know He will reveal it at the appointed time. Thank you for this encouragement. This was such rhema word for me!

    God Bless You and Your EFFECTIVE Ministry!

  • Shana, I thank God for using you as his vessel to provide this on-time message to me. Wow, I really needed to hear from him. Thank you, God for using Shana!

    Blessings…

  • Thanks for the insight and encouragement. I feel like I have been patiently waiting for God’s direction, but I am obviously not ready “for the call”.

  • Hi Shana THANK YOU & May God continue to bless you and yours real good in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for sharing with us today on this particular topic of waiting on God. All I will say is Right on Time!

  • Hi Shana, I read your words as often as I can. I am 55. I have adopted two girls, 18 and 11. I have said many prayers as you. I didn’t know raising these girls on my own was going to be so hard, difficult and some days right down frustrating. I do not claim to be a wonder mom!!!! I lose my patience, get angry and expect too much many times. But always I am lead back to prayer and faith. I always assumed one day I would find my soulmate, but know God has a plan…maybe not right now, maybe later…or maybe he wants me to be totally dependent on him…but I do love my girls and want the best for them. I lean I to God for guidance and direction and read your words as well. God bless you and thanks Shana. 🙂

    • Hi, Kerri!

      May the Lord bless you this day with His wisdom and peace. May He give you a knowing deep down in your soul that He sees you and that He is leading and guiding and holding and comforting you. I pray you sense His presence as you move about your day and with your girls.

      I can imagine things can be difficult on your journey. How marvelous that you are playing such a redemptive role in the lives of your girls.

      Saying a prayer for you right now for God to give you a good man for you in His perfect time.

      Amen.

  • Shanna thank you so much 🙏🏻last night I was praying to God for a purpose and this morning the first thing I did was read this awesome devotional ,thank you because you are real and share with us what God put in your heart for all of us that need encouragement to wait and to trust .
    May God continue blessing you and your husband 🙏🏻😘

  • You said that thinking about being in this new family felt like grief. You just knew you wouldn’t be having kids. You just knew you weren’t going to belong. It seems that somewhere deep inside you were at odds with God (just does He think He’s doing anyway). You were practicing relational religion instead of personal fellowship with God! I suspect you weren’t trusting Him very much at the time. I also suspect that your peace with Him and faith in Him were at a low ebb at the time. By the way, it appears that you were wrong! You DO belong in that family! Who knew!? And just how do you know that you own some day in the future? I know of a couple that God worked with for twenty-five years before He determined that they were ready to have the son that He wanted them to have. There names are ABRAHAM AND Sarah!

  • Thank you Shannon for your response. May God continue to bless you as you help us all on our journey, each on a different journey but looking to our awesome Savior Jesus Christ to get us there, reading your blog along the way for guidance direction, uplifting spiritual messages and helping us see the light of Christ. Blessings Shana to you and your husband!

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