What if God wants you to wait?
Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: April 4th 2017
As a writer and speaker, Ann Swindell wants to see women freed through God’s love. She loves words and gained a Master of Arts in Writing from DePaul University. She is married, has a daughter, and is passionate about helping people strengthen their writing whilst journeying with Christ.
This is the story of Ann Swindell’s journey as a sufferer of Trichotillomania – hair pulling -whilst learning, through the scriptural story of the woman who had been bleeding for many years, God’s reason for allowing her to wait for a solution to her problem.
A reader beginning this book is confronted with the distress surrounding the trichotillomania from which Ann suffered. This distress is also apparent in the bleeding woman story (Ann has called her Sarah) in scripture. The distress is so poignant in both Ann’s and Sarah’s stories that the reader wants to find some hope as a catharsis to the strong emotions that the stories evoke. This hope the reader is looking for is God! Ann’s home and school life were described as idyllic rather than stressful – stress is often considered a trigger for the condition.
In the second last chapter Ann relayed some questions that God asked her, and what his final response was. Once I read this particular section of the book I felt as if God were saying it directly to me, reassuring me that my strength also comes from his love. It was an extremely powerful moment for me as a reader. Like Ann, and I’m sure many other people around the world, I am also waiting for healing. The waiting is not always easy but it will be well worth it in the end. God is our hope, and that is our strength.
Thank you Ann for being brave enough to let us into this life-long condition and the positive journey you are on with your Lord and Saviour.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Recommend for: Adults