Gods Holding Pattern

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by deecrossett, Nov 23, 2002.

  1. deecrossett

    deecrossett New Member

    Gods Holding Pattern
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    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 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, 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:
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    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 pattern.

    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 DOORS SLAM SHUT BEFORE YOU CAN KNOCK
    ON THEM, You are in a holding pattern.

    When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there
    are no interruptions. Hence, God has our undivided attention.
    All we can do is sit, meditate, and pray. We cannot run from
    God, because there are no mountains that are high enough,
    valleys that are low enough, rivers that are wide enough, rooms
    that are dark enough, or secret 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 hear Him
    clearly say, 'I love you.'

    ~Author Unknown~