That’s a four-letter word. I don’t like it. Waiting isn’t an easy thing to do when you see the goal you want to reach. Being still and patient takes a lot of discipline. I haven’t always been good a waiting.
So what’s up with waiting? Is it a game that God plays with us?
Many thoughts go through you mind when you are put on hold. Believe me…I have been in many holding patterns during my lifetime. In the end, after that waiting has passed and I look back on it I see why I had to wait. Instead of doing what I thought should be done I usually see how it was better that God worked it out HIS way instead of mine. I’m sure He gets a good laugh from my plans.
I still don’t like waiting and I never will.
Psalm 27:14 tells us to “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
I can love that verse and quote it all day long unless I’m having to live it. I have to remind myself of past times of waiting. I also have to caution myself about making things happen or trying to take matters into my own hands. Hopefully I have learned how I have either messed up or delayed things longer. Sometimes you just have to do the hard things to get to the end.
I always quote the Apostle Tom Petty (I’m kidding of course) when he sang “The waiting is the hardest part.” There is no way to describe the feeling when the wait is over and your answer has come. In our time of instant communication, instant food and instant conveniences, we are not always capable of having a good attitude when we are forced to wait.
In case you wondered, I am in a position where I am waiting. My wife and I both are trying to keep positive during this time of waiting. I may not show it but I have a lot of mental hand wringing going on in my mind about the situation. It is a situation where I have absolutely no control and all we can do about it is wait. It’s in these times I try to remind myself of past experiences. He’s the same God. We don’t know what He’s doing or why He’s doing it but obviously there is a reason for it. My feeling right now is that it has to do with timing. This situation is also dependent upon other people and God isn’t going to force them to do what they don’t want to do. Pieces have to be moved around and timing is crucial.
You know I would love just to know what’s going on. I think that’s what makes waiting so hard. We don’t see what’s going on or how much longer we have to wait. I suppose that’s why He’s God and I’m not.
I’m sure Job would have liked to know when his suffering was going to end. I know that Joseph would have liked to know he would eventually be released from prison. These guys didn’t have the luxury of knowing the whole story like we do now when we read about them in the Bible. They simply continued trusting God and believing that He would come through for them.
So I wait. I wonder what will happen next. Will we reach the goal or will it be changed to something else? The unknown is scary. Having no control over the situation makes me anxious but I take heart and only do what I can do. That’s all we can do when we are waiting.
If you are waiting on something and feeling anxious, hang in there. Don’t forget to remind yourself of past experiences when God came through for you. It’s so easy to focus on what we need now and not what God has done before. What He has done before helps our faith for what we are going through now.
I never like the waiting part but somehow it always works out.