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  1. It’s probably safe to say that since I’ve lost my son that I will have a permanent oxygen mask. That’s okay. It’s part of the plan, and it keeps me close to Him.

    1. Victoria, I’m so sorry for your loss! I love your point though. An oxygen mask does keep us close to the One who provides the oxygen. There’s no better place to be!

  2. This is something we could all do well to remember. It is so difficult being human lol! God is always there though to help us along and trusting in him, his plan and most importantly his timing is crucial to being content and satisfied no matter what life has handed us!

  3. I feel like we are nearing the end of one of our waiting places. We have waited for an answer to this for a long time. Hopefully I am right. God has blessed us along the way and I know that He is at work even when we don’t see how.

  4. This is a great example of trusting God’s faithfulness, even when we can’t understand it at first (or for a very long time!). This is true for me too: “Sometimes what we know and feel don’t work together. I wanted the hope I was feeling to spread into all areas of my life.” Thanks for sharing this portion of your journey, Laura!

  5. Yes there are areas especially as I see the deep needs of some friends – so I call them to God’s attention on a regular basis and love on them as best I can while we wait on His most excellent plan. Thanks, Laura!

  6. I love how God comforts us with His answers to our prayers. It is true that if we are not willing to listen, we can easily miss his answer. Thankful you heard him!

  7. Totally get your analogy. We cannot help others if we are gasping for our own breath. Holding on to that one. Thanks, and bless you as you breathe deeply in the love and grace and mercy of God Almighty.

  8. Laura – hopping over from your site, where I also left a comment. 🙂 I love how God responded with an answer, even if it wasn’t the healing answer you were looking for, He didn’t leave you hanging. Putting on our oxygen masks are so very important, especially for what’s to come, and so we can help others too. Blessings

  9. I’m so thankful there are folks out there willing to share the love of Jesus with a perfect stranger. Stay blessed, keep writing, and if you ever consider a new publisher please think of CrossEffective Publishing. I’d lovemaking to work with you. K

  10. Such a good word picture! So often I forget to do the things that I know I need to do in order to BE all that God wants me to be for my family. Joining you today in pulling down that mask!

  11. Congrats on this guest post, Laura. I relate to the timeline for answers being much longer than I thought. Yet I am growing in trust. Thanks for this encouragement today.

  12. Laura, this phrase was affirmation from God for me: “when I waited until He nudged me forward, the path He outlined was smoother and easier to travel.” Thank you. ((hug))

  13. Laura,
    A wonderful post. Praying with you as you wait. Praying for healing and praying for your peace in the wait, and that you hear His whispers ♥ Thank you for this powerful reminder!
    Blessings and smiles,

  14. “His answer that morning wasn’t the miracle healing I begged for. It was an explanation I could understand.” This phrase spoke to me! Great post! Visiting from Salt &Light Link up! Blessings:)

  15. I agree, it is hard when we see God working in one area of our lives and it seems he isn’t in others. I think often it’s beyond our understanding, but I like the analogy with the oxygen mask.

  16. Oh, Laura, yes, yes, and YES! I, too, have struggled with accepting His plan anddd waiting. It’s not that I don’t know that His plan is the best for me and not that I don’t want to follow His plan, it’s just the waiting. Sometimes, we do just have to stop and breathe. Thank you for this. I appreciate (and this may sound slightly awful…?) knowing that others have to be reminded to stop and breathe, too. Makes me realize I’m not alone. Thank you! <3

  17. Isn’t it amazing how God sends us His messages in just the way we need to understand? I love this word picture, Laura! I can see it now – just put the oxygen mask on and breathe – leave the flying to me – we’re not going to crash. I got a strong visual reminder recently of a man stuck in mud and the more he wiggled to free himself the further down he sank. It was a clear ‘be still’ moment. As if God was saying to me – stop trying to fix everything just be still and let me be God. Thanks for sharing the encouragement to ‘follow God’s lead. When the time is right, He will make things happen.’ Blessings to you as you wait.

  18. Oh Laura-how I can relate! I too had a rough end of ’16/beginning of ’17 and have prayed similar prayers. I also use the oxygen mask example often when encouraging others. It’s so true how we need to just take the next step forward in faith, trusting in His plan and timing! So happy to have stopped by today for this encouragement. Praying God will continue to make His path known for you. Thanks to you and Heather!

  19. I love how God spoke to you about the oxygen masks!
    I’ve had God speak to me in pictures as well; I think He knows I remember pictures with an accompanying message better than just the message without a picture.
    Jesus spoke to the people in parables, and the Bible is full of pictures. God has not changed. He is still the same yesterday, today, and forever!

    1. Amen and amen!! I do believe God knows how each of us will best hear Him, and when we’re ready to hear Him! And then He comes to us where we are. Thank you Ruth. Have a good week!

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