No wonder Sarah thought of plan B.   She got frustrated waiting for plan A. But we all know how that turned out; yes God was faithful and made sure His plan A did come to pass, but Sarah, she had to deal with the results of her own Plan B; something none of us want in our lives; an Ishmael.

So what do we do when we feel that “Plan B” itch?  When the breakthrough has been on its way for far too long.

We do what Hannah did: “ she continued praying before the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:12)

The bible tells us that each year she kept going up to worship the Lord with her husband and her provoker, Penninah by her side, and of course Peninnah’s many sons and daughters. When you think of Peninnah’s many sons and daughters, you realize that Hannah’s wait wasn’t just one or two years; it was many. And yet, for many years she persisted. She didn’t give up.

All breakthroughs are good. But a breakthrough on our own terms and our own time may not be.  When I picture breakthrough I imagine a chick breaking through an egg.  Finally free. What if that breakthrough comes before the chick can survive, then it’s not a good thing at all. This is where we learn the art of waiting. Just like Hannah.

She didn’t give up, when really, she could have decided, I had enough of praying the same prayer year after year; yet she persisted.

Holy Spirit help us to be persistent. To never give up. Help us to always “continue praying before the Lord”. Give us supernatural joy during the wait.  Help us not give up during the wait. And help us to never go our own way during the wait.

We are all waiting for something.  Trust God during your wait. Trust His time for your breakthrough. But in the meantime, PRAY!

Oh and let’s not forget, her persistence had a reward; God gave her a Samuel, imagine what He has planned for you!

 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)