Waiting isn’t a popular pastime. In a society of fast-this and fast-that, it’s easy to expect everything immediately.
Waiting is often thought of as a time when you’re doing nothing while expecting something to happen. Although there are plenty of times when I get impatient, I’ve also learned that waiting can be a magnificent opportunity for growth.
Whether I’m waiting for my husband to get back from his business trip, or for my next book to be published, I’ve gained some valuable insights while I’ve waited:
*God can be trusted – He’s proven time and again that He has things under control. Waiting gives me the opportunity to put things in His hands and let Him orchestrate the details.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
*He’s given me this waiting period to prepare for what lies ahead – I’d be fooling myself if I didn’t consider the fact that it takes a significant investment of time and energy to write a book. Periods of waiting have helped me remain realistic.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28
*He has a plan for me that’s far better than anything I can come up with – Before time began, God planned out specific good works for me to do. Times of waiting allow me to seek Him and determine the next step He wants me to take.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Although I appreciate immediate answers, I can honestly say that times of waiting have proven to be the growth-producers.
So what are you waiting for? A promotion? A vacation? A spouse? Waiting can be difficult – but the wait doesn’t have to be wasted!
Do you find it difficult to wait? What step will you take today to make use of this time of waiting?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the time between the ask and the answer. Forgive me for not trusting You with my circumstances. Help me choose to see the waiting period as an opportunity to grow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.