This post was previously posted on 8/17/2016
Verb: Stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.
Noun : a period of waiting.
Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
When we first started Miracles Can Happen Boys Ranch in April of 1992, we had to sell our vision that God had given us. We took lots of phone calls from parents about their son’s having troubles. When we would share with them more about our program they were excited until we told them their boy would be the first boy. That was hard waiting for the first parent to have faith that her son would be okay in the hands of strangers. We didn’t like waiting, we wanted to get started! God what are you trying to teach us here? We also had a hard time selling our vision to people and churches to get them to come along side of us and support us. It was tough getting the ministry started. I, Cathy, remember a time when we had no money and I had no idea what we were going to feed our family and the four boys we were entrusted with. I went to the mailbox that day and there was a check that we were able to buy some groceries with. Faith ministry is hard, but yet we would not want to trade what we have learned over the last 24 years for nothing. We knew 24 years ago that God was calling us to start The Ranch, just like we knew April 2016 that God was telling us it was okay to stop the long term program here at the Ranch. Do we know exactly what God is wanting us to do now? NO. Do we like to wait to see what it is HE wants us to do now? NO. Do we still trust that HE is in the middle of this and is in control of this? YES. He has dropped different people in our lives that need ministered to right now and we are just waiting to see what HE has for the future of The Ranch.
When I think about waiting I keep going back to the story of NOAH. Can you imagine how he felt waiting for the rain that he was told was going to come? Can you imagine waiting for the water to go down so they could get out of that stinky boat? He waited even when people questioned him and ridiculed him about the rain coming. He waited not knowing what his future was going to be like…… He did not lose faith. I want to be just like Noah. Do you think he kept questioning God and had some bad days? I’m sure he did because nobody likes to wait.
It’s hard to know what to say when people ask us “What exactly are you doing now?” Jim has come up with a great illustration of what it is we are doing right now. How many of you have seen the movie “Facing the Giants”? We have watched this every year for the last 10 years at our Got Guts Camp, so we know the scene quite well. Let me give you a glimpse into that scene so you can understand what we are doing right now.
Revelations 3:7b – 8 “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
Jim says we are preparing the fields! There is work all over the ranch property that has not got done, because there just wasn’t enough time in the day when we had the boys here full time. Wait a minute, there still doesn’t seem like there is enough time in the day. We are keeping busy here. The Lord is not through with us yet, we still have an open door here and until the Lord moves us we are going to BLOOM right where he has planted us. So if you are wondering what we are doing….we are just preparing the fields for something bigger that God has for “The Ranch.”
What about you how are you doing in your waiting game? Are you Trusting HIM to help you through? I would encourage you to read His word to help you through whatever it is you are waiting on, then you can mount on wings as eagles and continue running without becoming weary.
Still Serving Him,
Cathy Fry(for Jim and Cathy)
“Where Miracles Can Happen”