One of the most important skills in life is waiting patiently. Jesus felt it was so important that He warned the generation of the last days, in the most critical time of their existence, “In your patience possess ye your souls.” Why is patience so valuable to the human condition? Isn’t patience just the skill of waiting?
Waiting cannot be assessed alone, but must be coupled with believing that something really special is going to happen. I personally believe this is the very dynamic that Jesus is expecting. For example: I am traveling with my family praying for America. While we are busy obeying His word over us as a family, we believe the Lord Himself will win San Francisco to Jesus. It was almost three years ago when God gave me this word and we are still waiting for it to come to pass.
During the last three months, in dreams, visions, and revelations from the Scripture, God has begun to reveal His plan for our church in San Francisco. I could see how He could win our city, but at the same time it almost seemed impossible! Then I remembered, with God nothing is impossible.
My daughter Misty was sick for over five years. The Lord spoke to me in dreams and in words from Him that He would bring healing to her. Even though our family took her to the hospital and they misdiagnosed her condition, the Lord spoke to me, “Wait.” It is hard for me to articulate the internal turmoil that was going on inside of me, looking at my daughter’s physical condition, while at the same time God was saying ”Wait.” The Bible clearly states that patience has a dynamic of perfecting us internally like nothing else can.
Listen to what James said, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” According to that Scripture, patience is the only thing that will get you to the winner’s circle. With Misty’s health condition it was patience that brought us to not only the winner‘s circle, but to a prophetic happening that will be remembered by our family for generations to come.
Misty died in the arms of ambulance workers at Saint Valentine’s Gate, Rome, Italy. She was brought back to life at the Holy Spirit Hospital, which is right by Saint Peter’s Cathedral. In the 15 minutes that she was dead she went to heaven and saw hundreds of God’s angelic creatures ready to move on our behalf. This hospital was prepared with a doctor who knew exactly of Misty’s condition, was present when she came in, and immediately diagnosed her with Addison’s disease. This is how precise God’s plan is. It is also a reason why only patience gives us access to this precise fulfillment of everything that God has promised you.
God‘s plan for San Francisco is precise. It will bring joy to every household in our city, but it must be powered by people who are patient. We must rest in Him. Never assume God’s plan is late; it is always right on time. Never think that someone is going to jump ahead of you and take the prize God has reserved for you.
This morning when I woke up, I received a text message from Brother Doug Lanza (by the way, I have never talked to Doug about any plans for San Francisco). When I read what the Lord was speaking to him this morning, his words were line upon line, precept upon precept exactly what the Lord had talked to me about ~ and God had given me many details to fill in the gaps. God’s plan for our city is extremely detailed. But you will only need to grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and then joyfully watch the God of the angel armies bring it together!
Part of my daughter’s recovery included neurological training, which reprograms the brain to perform all the functions of the body. After Misty‘s three months of hospitalization the general manager of our hotel told us that his wife worked at an Olympic training center where there was an excellent neurologist. Oh, how detailed and precise God is and His timing is amazing!
Misty’s lessons in Rome were so sophisticated that within a few weeks she began to recover all of her functions! Each day, as I sat in the Olympic pool house watching Misty I kept thinking of the movie “Sing”, where Mr. Moon was in the pool house. I giggled at how precise God is with our story. (The cartoon movie “Sing”, is a metaphor of what our church is going through).
God’s plan for A Place To Meet Jesus in San Francisco is so precise, so classy, and so elegant. Just be willing to “wait”.
Sent in love,
Pastor Richard Gazowsky