Worship in The Waiting
By, Vanessa Marie
Like many, I had big plans for 2020. I was going to write a ton of new songs and perform them all throughout NY and NJ, I was planning a fun trip to Florida with my best friends, and the biggest of all… I was going to get married in June. Then, what seemed out of nowhere, COVID19 struck the world. However, our God isn’t an “out of nowhere” type of God. He is a God of order and peace (1 Cor 14:33). Everything that happens is under the control of God and if there is one thing the EVERYONE learned during this pandemic, was that we are in control of nothing!
ROMANS 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
It’s not up to us to understand what God is doing, but it is our responsibility to trust that what He is doing is for a greater purpose and ultimately will be what is best for us. Inevitably, about 80 days before my wedding on June 6th, we postponed. I threw myself a pity party for about 5 minutes and then I worshiped. I knew God had this entire situation under his control and that, truly, everything happens for a reason. I know God isn’t going to just let my wedding be cancelled. I know that when we are able to have our wedding it will be that much more special and God will be glorified. I think our guests will have a new appreciation for being able to celebrate together and perhaps be that much more open to hearing the Gospel.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I feel so much comfort knowing that God is in control of this situation and I feel so lucky that during this crazy time in the world, that I know Jesus. I am not experiencing the same anxiety, uncertainty or hopelessness I notice a lot of others expressing. I have the peace of God within me, something that surpasses human understanding. Peace is a promise from God, and he never breaks his promises (Hebrews 6:18). I rejoice knowing that God is with me even during a pandemic. Though it may seem like we are in deep waters, the Lord will not let us drown.
Matthew 6:34 (MSG) Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
I still don’t know if I will be able to have my wedding in the near future or when this virus will go away. But I do know that during this period of waiting, God is calling me closer to Him. He is teaching me to be disciplined in keeping my focus on Him at all times. To not get distracted by what “might” happen. He is giving me an opportunity to have more time to talk with Him, be in His word, fellowship with & care for others, and to simply watch him do His work and prepare me for the work that He will lead me to do. It’s not my job to worry; it’s my job to worship. Each day of waiting is another opportunity to trust God - and great is His faithfulness!
As I’ve jumped into the Scripture over these past few months I’ve asked God to reveal himself to me and to teach me His way. I pray that these verses will strengthen your faith as you wait, as they have strengthened mine.
What has God taught you in this period of waiting?
7/7/2020 10:07:22 am
First let me Congrats on all of the above especially to HLS on the answer to many years of prayer that God would provide a worship leader for the ministry! Amen. Hallelujah! 🎼🎹 VMM!! Thank you for answering his call to help build the kingdom. 🙏🏻💕
7/8/2020 12:26:40 pm
Amen, Maryann! He will never leave us and he goes before us with each step we take! It's such a comfort knowing we are never alone in our struggles.
7/7/2020 01:05:38 pm
7/8/2020 12:27:39 pm
Thank you, Kety! God's grace is sufficient <3
Joanne M. Slawenski
7/7/2020 07:28:34 pm
Vanessa, What a beautiful message and your singing and songs are wonderful. Sorry to hear about your wedding but continue to trust in the Lord as you do, and things will all work out. thank you for sharing your story and your faith. Joanne
7/8/2020 12:29:19 pm
Thank you, Joanne! Our Lord is the Waymaker and Miracle Worker! I know He has bigger plans! Xoxo
7/8/2020 09:27:40 am
Thank you for sharing your story.
7/8/2020 12:30:50 pm
Amen, Elsa! The Lord does not want us to worry! Let's surrender all of our worries to Him, He is in control and he's GOT THIS!
7/9/2020 03:32:42 pm
Beautiful Vanessa, what a touching story of your trust in our Lord while waiting. It’s a valuable lesson for our society that is used to getting everything they want, when they want it. I love your statement—“it’s not my job to worry, but to worship Him.” Profound, and so true, especially since His word says that the Lord resides in the praises of His people. Praise and worship can be offered in song, prayer, or any intimate communication with our Creator. What a blessing for this ministry to have you in our midst! Praising God for leading you to HLS!
7/20/2020 03:14:27 pm
thank you, Dee! It has been quite a journey. We will be moving forward with our wedding in September, it may not look like how we always imagined, but I know and trust that the Lord always has something better in mind! xoxo
7/21/2020 02:38:43 pm
Thanking God for you, Vanessa! What an answer to prayer you are to worship with us to further the Kingdom. And just like He answered that prayer, He will fulfill all the desires of your heart for your wedding day! <3 Can't wait for all that God has in store for you. Praying for you and your marriage! xx
7/27/2020 12:49:38 pm
Thank you for your so very true uplifting and comforting message. It breaks my heart to know that there are people who feel hopeless and alone. If they only knew how much God loves them and cares about them...
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