Waiting. Just the mention of the word can make many of us cringe. Or, at least, sigh deeply. Even when – or perhaps especially when – we have the head knowledge for the value of waiting and God’s promises for those who will wait (and will wait well), the actual waiting can still be so hard. We rehearse the verses and know the truth but, it can still be difficult for our head to impact our heart. We can easily feel as if we are waiting for something that will never happen. Feeling that way does not mean we are immature Christians or even that our faith is small. It can mean those things but it may be that we are simply human. And humans need reminders. We need reassurance and encouragement.
I have been in a season of waiting. The waiting is taking longer than I expected. And it has been necessary to remember not only why but also just how often God finds waiting to be necessary for us. I thought I would share some bullet thoughts here. Short and simple – and maybe easier to apply to your situation. Perhaps you need a reminder today. And, if not today, you just might one day soon.
Waiting has been defined as the willingness to be still when nothing seems to be happening. Oh but this one is hard for me. I am a fixer. Or, at least, I perceive myself as a fixer. But, how often, do I simply complicate things or even get in God’s way of working? If I am going to wait well, I must be willing to be still. Not to step in. Not try and manipulate and/or “move things along.” I’ve typically considered myself good at being still. I’m not over-scheduled or going in ten directions at once. But an unhurried life is not necessarily the same as being still. I can think through/solve/overthink/complicate and more right from my couch! Being still is waiting while trusting. It is key to waiting well.
Waiting well also must be done quietly, or without complaining (something else that I can simply do internally…so that I appear to be waiting well on the outside but God knows otherwise), and expectantly. Once I have asked God for an answer, for guidance or clear direction, I need to expect Him to answer. Not simply “hope” He will come through. The answer will, no doubt, come at His right time but He will answer.
What are some of the reasons for waiting?
*so we don’t get ahead of God. To have clear direction even when the right answer seems obvious
*so we can sure of His timing. Even the right thing at the wrong time becomes the wrong thing
*so that He might sift through our motives, strengthen our faith or stretch us in any number of ways
*to allow Him to prepare us – mentally, emotionally, spiritually – for what might be ahead
These are just a few. Even as you wait, ask God wait He would have you to learn during the waiting. He delights to answer those humble prayers. I read a Charles Stanley quote that said: Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on what we are waiting for. What we value is God’s will. God’s working in us, through us, and for us. Not necessarily the answer to the request. If that is true, I think we will find waiting much easier. Be encouraged to wait well. Ask others to help you wait, or to wait alongside you. Rehearse scripture. Find one or two verses that remind you to wait well and then cling to them. Meditate on them and use them when your faith begins to falter.
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him, fret not thyself…..” Psalm 37:7a
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:5
10 Replies to “Do You Wait Well?”
What wonderful advice! I’m a fixer and a doer, too, and I needed this reminder to not push ahead of God’s timing. I’m your neighbor at Tell His Story today :).
Hi neighbor:) Thanks for stopping by!!
I’m not saying I’ve achieved being a good waiter – but I am better than I used to be!!!
Amen to that…and for progress along the way!!:)
Jennifer, I need this advice! I confess I don’t always wait well. I found your reasons for waiting to be very encouraging. It helps to have the correct perspective! God is doing so much more than we can see. Thank you!
Donna, so glad you stopped by and thanks for your comment! So very grateful that God is doing more than we see – how true!!
Wise words. I am so impatient – except with animals and children – and waiting is very difficult for me. Probably the world’s worst about finishing people’s sentences…a terrible vice. All because I get impatient. And rather than just listen, my daughters often remind me that I rush to fix problems, offer advice and suggestions. I really mean well but need to do more than mean well. I need to do better.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think, ponder, question the reason for all of this…I tell myself that we are supposed to be using these difficult times to reset, to realize what is truly important in this life. To develop a closer relationship with family, friends, the earth and God.
Hello friend…so glad you were at the blog today! Like a visit from a pal!! I’m with you – so wanting to develop relationships…all of them!! Have a beautiful week!
Amen Jennifer. I’m a fixer and a doer too. I’m better at waiting now than I used to be. During seasons of waiting I have come to the conclusion that God is wanting me to draw nearer to him. I used to pray for what ever situation or need I was going through, with the ” ya, but. God let me help you with that”. It was during seasons of waiting, that he taught me to wait. That it was his will that I was waiting, and he was behind the scenes of my life working for my good. Thank you for sharing such wonderful insights and encouragement. Blessings.
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Great words to mull over while we wait, my friend…xo