waiting to bloom

I am loving these quotes that a friend sent me, taken from the website Transformation Garden.

“How has waiting on God to answer my prayer changed me?”

“Delayed answers to prayer are not only trials of faith, but they give us opportunities of honouring God by our stedfast confidence in him under apparent repulses.” (Charles Spurgeon)

“Remember from God’s reckoning, at least as important as the thing thing we wait for, is what we become as we wait. Faith and character are forged in delay.” (Charles Spurgeon.)

Funnily enough, last week, my husband and I discovered that Charles Spurgeon suffered from depression for most of his life. He daily battled to defeat it and in my observation after just finishing his book on prayer, he gleaned much wisdom during those dark times.

I cannot describe how much this book has blessed me and for books on prayer, it is second to none.

It made me think that we truly are no good to anybody until we have been dragged through the hedge of persecution, with God seeming to be standing with his back towards us with his fingers in his ears.