Oh, the joys of waiting… It’s funny, how that little word can make our souls shudder.
As humans, we have this built-in desire for immediate satisfaction. We like fast food because it’s, simply, fast. We enjoy microwavable meals because, while sometimes they aren’t all that tasty, they are ready in a jiffy. We like self-tanner because we get that instant summer glow without laying out for hours and hours in the hot sun. We like things done quick! But while instant satisfaction can be wonderful, sometimes there is great value in ‘the wait’.
We are always waiting on something. Sometimes we wait on our turn to do something. We wait on that direct deposit to hit our bank accounts. (Shoutout to all my broke college students!) Sometimes we wait on excruciatingly slow traffic lights. We wait on the long day we just experienced to end so we can start over the next day. Some of us wait on a future spouse to miraculously enter our lives. (Where you at, boo?) Some wait for the beautiful blessing of pregnancy or adoption. Some of us wait on a job interview after losing the last job. Some wait for big life decisions to be made. And some of us are just waiting for some kind of miracle.
I don’t know what you are waiting on right now, but regardless of your circumstance, can I just encourage you for a second?
Let’s not get so caught up on ending the season of waiting that we miss out on the blessings that the Lord has for us during the journey.
In Psalm 62, David speaks out saying, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” A few verses later he, yet again, mentions the word ‘alone’, saying, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” The word ‘alone’ is super important here, because David knew that nothing could ever compare to the matchless worth of God. God alone, is so worthy of our trust, faith, and patience.
Gretchen Saffles puts it this way, “Waiting for God is not an absent-minded action, rather, it is a whole-hearted surrender. To wait in silence is to give up the notion that we can do anything to save ourselves. To believe that nothing will shake us is to have faith in the God who can move mountains if we just ask Him to do so.”
Doubts and fears will attack, but we need to look to our Rock and Redeemer as we wait. We can look to Him during this time through prayer, praise, and scripture. When those doubts and fears hit us, we have to stand on the solid Rock, Jesus, and place our trust, faith, and patience in Him. A very wise woman once said, “God will not overlook you, your life, or your circumstances. Wait patiently for Him, because He is acting on your behalf in ways that your eyes can only see through the lens of faith.”
Two things for you to take away from this today:
- Don’t get so caught up in looking for the end of this season of waiting that you miss out on all that God has for you during ‘the wait’.
- Once we have what we want out of ‘the wait’, we can’t turn our eyes from what the Lord just did in our lives to what we are waiting for Him to do next. We will never truly be satisfied in Jesus if we can’t have a heart of gratitude for what He has already done.
So is ‘the wait’ really worth it? What do you think? What are you waiting for during this season? What has gotten you through previous seasons of waiting? What advice do you have for other ladies who are currently walking through difficult seasons of waiting? We’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, and advice in the comments!