|Noun||1.||holding pattern – a state of inaction with no progress and no change; “you should go into a holding pattern until he gets over his disappointment”inaction, inactiveness, inactivity – the state of being inactive|
|2.||holding pattern – the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to landair lane, skyway, airway, flight path – a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another|
How many of you out there are like me and feel like you are in a holding pattern at certain intervals in your life? It seems as though sometimes God is “deliberately throwing detours at you” and making you wait when all you want to do is to rush on to the next task or job or project in your life? Well, what I have learned is what we might call a “holding pattern” is the many times when we are learning how to trust and wait on God. He may be 1) preparing something great for us or 2) preparing us for something great. By preparing yourself as you wait, you accomplish two things: you demonstrate faith that God will fulfill your desire, and you prepare for success once your dream comes true.
There are so many biblical examples but I will just use two: Abraham and Sarah (because of their impatience during their “holding pattern” they got a son called Ishamel who is still causing trouble today); Zechariah (husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist) was put into a “holding pattern” – because he did not completely believe he and his “older” wife were with child, he was not allowed to speak until the baby was born.
A recent personal example of being in a holding pattern came for me last Friday…I had meetings in Jacksonville and Tampa, FL, last week. After the meeting in Tampa on Friday, some colleagues suggested we go over to the Bahama Breeze restaurant for some refreshments right by the IBM office. Well, I have always desired to go sit and hang out at this restaurant because it just seems like a refreshing thing to do, it had been a long week, Memorial Day weekend was upcoming, I was still celebrating my birthday, and we had just had an outstanding meeting so I took them up on the offer. We arrived around 4 pm and were prepared to leave a little before 5 pm as we all had plans of making a quick stop and then going on with our activities, I actually was going to St. Pete to the beach with a friend…NOT…long story short, I did not end up leaving that place until around 7:30 or 8 pm because my rental car key got misplaced, we think now by the waitress who swept it up the first time she started cleaning off the table after a couple of people had finished their refreshments.
Meantime, I called Hertz and they sent out a guy to do a “Lock out,” and after opening the car and going through the trunk, still no key…the key was actually at the restaurant all the time but some manager had put it in the “safe” and each time we asked the front desk if anyone had reported or given them a lost key their answer was no, and after awhile, they seemed to start getting “short” with us, they were giving off a vibe like, you ladies have been here in this space way too long, a couple of hours actually, and if we could make a key for you to get rid of you we would…lol! …thank you Desiree for your patience and sticking with me!
Throughout the incident, Desiree and I shared about how we knew it was something God was doing…maybe due to the holiday traffic, it was her birthday celebration time too so I know her family was expecting her but she just would not leave me, it was too funny because a couple of times, she thought I was “ducking” out of the restaurant and she “found” me! NOW THAT’S A “RIDE OR DIE” friend…Desiree is a colleague, leader, wife, mother, and treasured friend…she epitomizes the type of person one should have as a friend (my Iron sharpening Iron friend; Proverbs 27:17)…her and GOD got me out of that “Holding Pattern” and back on course!
(Our cnFMSDC West Coast Chapter team of Janice Cook, John Diaz and Desiree Hanson were able to accomplish some great things like Chapter of the Year for three consecutive years when we were officers together. It was a time when I was in my “Sweet Spot” which I shared about three weeks ago…a time when everything is going so smoothly that you get things done effortlessly, its where you want to always be in your relationships and especially with God).
Hebrews 10:36-38 (GNT)36 You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises. 37 For, as the scripture says,“Just a little while longer, and he who is coming will come;he will not delay. 38 My righteous people, however, will believe and live; but if any of them turns back, I will not be pleased with them.”
Isaiah 40:31 (GNT) 31 But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.
Isaiah 43:18 (NIV) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race.”
3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
Health Hints, Quotes and Tips from The Daniel Plan:
Celebrate your small steps and other successes as you enjoy a healthier lifestyle and way of living. Share with your family and friends, some will be very inspiring and encouraging while some will try to undermine you…you should definitely learn quickly who to stay away from…your “Haters!”
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.” Rick Warren
“Failures aren’t a setback. They are a setup for a comeback.” Dee Eastman
Father, I thank You for the Holy Spirit, Who helps me develop and exercise patience, a fruit of the Spirit. I will remember that the end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. I resist the temptation to be quickly provoked in my spirit, for anger resides at the lap of fools. I desire to live wisely with a due sense of responsibility, as one who knows the meaning and purpose of life. I purpose to make the best use of my time, despite the difficulties of these days. I pray that I will be strengthened from Your glorious power, so that I will find myself able to pass through any experience and endure it with joy. Lastly, help me to be still and know that you are Lord, Psalm 46:10, as often as you are directing me to do so.
Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”.
It has been used in several movies, including The Human Comedy (1943), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Phase IV (1974), Wild Bill (1995), Next of Kin (1989), and True Grit (2010) (of which it forms about a quarter of the score).
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Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
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