Patience, Self-Control, Trials

Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? This is a question I’m certain parents cannot stand to hear while on a road trip, on the way to a family member’s gathering, or even a trip to McDonald’s. The anticipation of the arrival to partake in festivities can cause slight impatience for children. Because children’s minds are so focused on the activities after the arrival, the journey can seem long and frustrating. I found myself doing the same thing to my spiritual Father while journeying through the wilderness to reach my purpose!

Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT)

God allowed His chosen people to go through the wilderness but it was to humble, test, and develop them. This had to happen before reaching the Promised Land. I am in the same position. The wilderness is not an easy place to dwell; however, it’s a process that I can’t escape while being developed into kingdom purpose.  The wilderness is a dry place, but yet a place of provision and preparation.

For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. (Deuteronomy 8:4 NLT)

God is so merciful that while He prepares us for His purpose, He makes provision even in a place that seems unproductive or unfruitful. In this place of preparation, God has provided my EVERY need. Even though I feel that nothing is changing or happening, God has a perfect plan for my life. So while I’m being humbled and tested by limited finances and not having the things I desire, my continual obedience to God’s commands shows that I can be trusted with my promised land.

Just like children, my mind shifts to the promised land and sometimes causes me to become annoyed with the wilderness. It seems as if it is taking forever to reach purpose! It took God’s chosen people forty years to reach the Promised Land! I’m sure, like me, they were asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. (1 Peter 3:8 NLT)

While waiting on God’s plan to come in fruition, we must trust that He knows what He’s doing! We can’t rush perfection; His timing and plan is perfect. So we must wait with expectation and exercise the fruit of the Spirit, patience. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance. (Hebrews 6:12 NLT)

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for developing me. I thank You for Your enduring power that keeps me standing on Your word and trusting Your plan. Father, help me to have purpose vision like You! I thank You that I will come out of my development phase better than the way I began.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to walk through the wilderness to make sure you’re prepared for the promised land! I EMPOWER you not to leave training before your time! While traveling down the path of purpose, remember not to murmur and complain. Continue to allow God to grow you up while testing you. NEVER stop obeying His commands and watch your predestined future manifest right before your eyes! I EMPOWER you not to make an eleven day journey turn into forty years (Deuteronomy 1:2) and thank God for the promised land. Don’t you dare ask, “Are you there yet?”

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Confessions from an Impatient Christian

Ms. Rodnisha L. Anderson resides in Chicago, IL and serves as an elder at Life Redeeming Ministries. She works diligently with the Singles and Intercessory ministries. She is married to the Lord and becomes whatever she needs to become to reach the people for the building of God’s kingdom. Rodnisha truly desires to witness successful single women thriving in the kingdom of God.  Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”