Patience is a virtue and gift of His Spirit, and we mature in prayer and in steadfastness as we wait for His promises and desires to be fulfilled. You may be praying for the perfect mate, relief from financial strain, or waiting for a job, a car; release from difficult situations or health challenges or waiting for ministry doors to open. Even though you may be actively pursuing your dream, you may experience a long and frustrating waiting period. Be assured God has a plan, and an appointed time and season for the things He has promised to you to unfold.

You may be crying out: "But when Father? When will You act?" Well, Scripture tells us that God has a "due season" for us. Leviticus 26:4 declares that He will give rain in "due season." What is His due season? I believe it is when God has everything prepared and is ready for his plans and purposes to align and be released. We sometimes forget or overlook the fact that God is always working behind the scenes preparing things for our situations to change - to shift. Even now, He is preparing the atmosphere around you to bring release to you and answer your prayer.

God has an appointed time and He is behind the scene working on your behalf. He has individual and corporate plans that He is working out for you; and when He has everything prepared and in place His alignment will take place and your answer will appear. We are told in Luke 21:19 that through patience we may possess our souls. In other words, by standing firm, and enduring - you will gain your life.

Waiting can be excruciating, but do not be discouraged, for it is a time of preparation for the next stage of your life. It is also a precious time to grow in intimacy with God, while He accomplishes His deep work within you building wisdom, endurance and patience. Paul encourages us in Galatians 6:9: "So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we do not give up, we will in due time reap the harvest."

God desires for you to be in health and to prosper, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). In the challenge of waiting, He is bringing you into maturity. And your soul prospers, when you allow God to align your mind, your will and your emotions with His will.

God has a "due season" in your life story and it is important for you to know that He desires good things for you. He is never early and never late. His timing is perfect and when all is aligned in His kingdom plan, His light will break forth for you.

"Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.' " (Isaiah 58:8-9a)