Waiting on Him can be trying, challenging, pressure-filled and, sometimes, downright frustrating. Come on saints, let’s be honest, do you always enjoy waiting on the Lord? Or have you grown “so mature” in your Christian faith that honesty just isn’t part of it anymore?
There have been moments in my life when waiting has been an absolute pain. I’ve not liked it, didn’t understand it, and couldn’t wait for God to bring forth the answer for which I’ve been praying! It’s hard to admit, but there have even been moments in the waiting when I’ve pitched a little temper tantrum for God to see how much I didn’t enjoy the waiting period! Now, that’s not the proper way to respond, because, I know, God knows best, and I should just simply trust Him. However, I don’t claim to be perfect, and I can guarantee you, those times when He has made me wait, I have learned some very valuable lessons for life…
A few things I have learned in the Waiting:
- Sometimes, God has us wait, because He is fixing a situation, and we get to see the glorious results when He is finished.
- Sometimes, God is working on someone else’s stubborn heart, and it takes a little bit for Him to get through to that person.
- Sometimes, God has us wait, because He is fixing our own stubborn heart, and it takes Him a bit to get through our thick skull!
- Sometimes, God is working good out of a bad situation from which we will benefit.
- Sometimes, God has us wait, because His answer has to be NO, and we’re just not quite ready to hear it or receive it.
- Waiting always brings a chisel along to chip away hard places that have formed in my heart.
- Waiting, if I allow it to, makes me slow down, reassess, and redirect my thoughts and feelings.
- Waiting always brings a new realization of who I am and who He desires me to be.
- Waiting, when I allow it to, causes me to see more of Him and less of me.
- Waiting always moves me closer to the Father when I am earnestly seeking Him for His answer rather than my own.
When we wait on Him, our future can be secure. When we wait on Him, we learn. We are strengthened, and, quite often, we are transformed. When we wait on Him and His timing, He is able to work on our character and the molding of our heart and mind.
So, if you find yourself in the waiting room of life today, maybe take a moment away from the emotions and struggles, and breathe. Look to heaven, and ask Him to help you through it. He may not bring an immediate desired answer, but I can guarantee you that when you put your hand in His, you will grow deeper through the wait.
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!Psalm 27:14