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 all alone. There were
no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read,
no food to eat, no interference's, and no interruptions.
He had plenty of time to sit, think, 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:
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
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
5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, you are
When we are deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are
interruptions. God has our undivided attention. All we can do is
think, 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 places that are hidden enough from
Him. We must remember to praise Him while we're waiting and remember
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 clearly hear Him say,
"I love you."
Prayer: Father, forgive my unbelief. I know you love me and will
anything around to benefit me. You have planned nothing for me but
victories and I am ready to receive them regardless of how difficult
the path. Amen
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance
between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord
can stand up to anything.
A Positive Thought
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had
a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every
spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll
listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your
What about the Christmas gift He sent you in Bethlehem; not to
mention that Friday at Calvary.
Face it, He loves you.