Wait for it…God will do it!

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Three and a half years ago, my husband and I moved into my parents’ home with our toddler in tow. After ten years of renting an apartment, we desired to purchase property of our own. My gracious parents welcomed us without hesitation.  We figured we would live with them for one year at best, giving us an opportunity to aggressively save up monies.  However, unbeknownst to any of us, our one-year goal turned into one thousand, two hundred, seventy-seven days.

What we foresaw as “easy” quickly turned into “hard.” We experienced setbacks in our health, our finances, and “our plan” just did not seem to measure up with God’s plan.

We at times thought we saw a little glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, but we’d only encounter closed doors instead.

One morning, I remember dropping off my husband at work and then driving back to my parents’ home with our son in the back seat. And, as I drove, I pleaded with God:

God, please hear our prayer. Open up a door for us, Lord. We have been asking and seeking you for a place to dwell, a home of our own, a place of rest for our family. Please do not delay, O God.

As I ended my desperate plea, I sighed and looking in the rearview mirror, I told our then two-year-old son, “Buddy, we have to pray that God would bless us with a home.” And, without any reluctance, our boy replied, “Mama, God’s going to give us a white house.”

A bit taken aback by his response, I became silent and drove into my parents’ driveway. I unloaded the car, and the day, the weeks, the months unfolded, but our son’s words were tucked inside my heart.

Well, friend, today we closed on our WHITE house. God did it!

Reflecting on these past three and a half years, I can’t say we waited well. There were many moments when we questioned, we doubted, and we felt forgotten. But, looking back, we see His sovereignty and providence weaved all throughout. He promised and He fulfilled.

With tear-filled eyes I type these words in hopes to encourage anyone who is in the waiting; anyone who feels like they are wandering in a desert; anyone who has been holding onto a promise that seems dead. God has not forgotten!

Our church is currently in the middle of a small group series based on the life of Joseph, and his story is evidence of God’s providence working behind the scenes (Genesis 37-47). God gave Joseph a dream and it took many years before it came to pass. But, the God-appointed dream came to fruition at the God-appointed time. Despite Joseph being thrown into a pit, and prison, God did eventually position him in a palace. He promised and He fulfilled.

And, God can do the same for you! All of your circumstances, hardships, and trials are being pieced together. God is writing a story you could never even imagine!

So be encouraged and remain steadfast in the hope that God is working all things out for your good! Your God-appointed dream will come to fruition at the God-appointed time.

Now, excuse me as I go praise dance.

🙂

If you’d like to read more about our journey these last three years, check out these blog posts: Punch Drunk, When God Does Not Come Through.

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About Natalie Nieves

I am a lover of Jesus. I am happily married and blessed with two beautiful children. My husband and I serve on the Pastoral Staff at a church located in New York City. I pray that God would fill you with unspeakable hope as you read my blog posts!
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8 Responses to Wait for it…God will do it!

  1. Iris Feliciano says:

    Great word Natalie. You are an amazing writer. I am happy that the Lord has given you the desires of your hearts. XOXO

  2. Lorena Jacinthe says:

    Natalie,

    My husband and I, along with our two and a half year olf daughter are currently living with his parents. Reading this blog felt so real and spoke volumes to the place of waiting that God has me and my family in. Your words brought tears to my eyes because I have felt forgotten, even feeling like I cannot hear God. We have been there now 2 years and just the same way we thought this process was going to be a one year deal, I am beginning to find peace in the waiting and preparation place God has me and my family in. It is molding my character and challenging my faith in God and helping me seek him more and more.

    God has heard my prayer by sending you to share of his great love, and sovereignty.

    Stay Blessed and So excited for this me chapter in your life and the life of your family.

    • Natalie Nieves says:

      Hi Lorena, we can relate! Waiting is not easy, but God really does know what He’s doing and He does see, and He knows what’s best.
      Even the requests we had, He has met. We wanted a play room for the boys, and we have that. We prayed that we would be close to a park and we are literally up the block from a great park. We prayed for a good school district and we fell in love with the school, and the next level school is also just two blocks from us. I mean God really answered every request we had.
      I will be praying for you and your family! Be encouraged and know that God is working all things out for your good! 🙂

  3. wilprosper42 says:

    Thank you Natalie for sharing this journey with us. I am currently in a place of waiting in one area and we are soon to be heading into a another area of waiting. The Joseph study and your testimony at this time waiting is encouraging. Thank you again for such transparency!

  4. Natalie,
    What an awesome story! I absolutely love that! I thought it was so precious what your son said in the middle of that trying time. Out of the mouth of babes, right?! What a sweet gem to hold onto during that time, and an even greater testimony now standing on the other side of the wait! 🙂 Have a blast moving, decorating and settling into your new WHITE house!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Natalie Nieves says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Kaitlin! 🙂
      Yes, out of the mouth of babes for sure!
      Love your blog page by the way! 😉

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