I HATE waiting. Waiting is hard. I think we can all agree on that. Whether it’s waiting in traffic, waiting in line, waiting on the phone, or for a paycheck, it’s never easy. Waiting wasn’t necessarily easy as a child either. Without a decent grasp of time, even just fifteen minutes seemed like an eternity. Holidays always seemed to take forevvvver to come, not to mention waiting for your birthday, or a family vacation!
The one thing that seems to make waiting easier however, is when there is a set date for whatever it is you’re waiting for. If I know that something I’m waiting on is three weeks away, that’s a lot easier for my impatient self to grasp ahold of. Counting down the days makes the goal feel much more tangible—like it’s definitely in reach. The downside to waiting though, is that more often than not what we find ourselves waiting for typically doesn’t have a time frame. Maybe it’ll happen this month, or in the next three; or maybe this year or at least in the next five years; but who knows, maybe it’ll be ten years before it happens. This is true for a lot of things in life: waiting for the best job offer, a more fulfilling career, healing, a spouse, having a child, moving to a perfect location, finding your purpose, etc. These things are especially hard to wait for! We wish, hope, and dream that big things will happen in our lives, but there is no set date on the calendar like a birthday or Christmas, that guarantees us it’ll happen, right?
If you’ve ever been stuck in a dry season of waiting, you’re well aware it can be painful, taxing, and not very much fun. It gets hard to keep a positive attitude when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Without the promise that it’ll happen, it gets tough to hold on. It can feel like you’ve been tossed out in the middle of the sea without much help to get you to dry land. From my own experience, there are what seem like seasons of God’s blessing in my life, and then droughts of waiting and wondering while his presence feels far from reach. I’m sure you’ve been there, too. Waiting often leaves us questioning God, and fearful that the outcome we’re hoping for won’t ever come to fruition. If you’d ask me (and probably most people) when I’ve felt God’s work most in my life, you can bet my answer wouldn’t be during the waiting seasons.
I was at a worship night a few weeks ago, and the band played a song I’ve heard several times before. It’s called ‘Take Courage’ by Bethel Music/Kristene Dimarco. This particular time however, the words struck a weak spot in my soul. If you’ve not heard it, the chorus goes like this:
Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He’s in the waiting
He’s in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He’s never failing
He’s never failing
He’s in the waiting. He’s in the waiting.
Those words weighed on my heart, reminding me of just what I needed to hear. He IS in the waiting. It’s not just me out on the island by myself waiting for God to pick me up someday. He’s IN the waiting. Not only the blessing and the goodness when it’s easy to feel His presence—but also during the season of waiting. He’s working in the waiting. There’s blessings in the waiting. There’s hope in the waiting. There’s peace in the waiting. Why? Because Jesus promises to walk right alongside us all the time—especially so in the waiting. He doesn’t leave us stranded to figure it out on our own. He leads and guides and prepares during the waiting seasons. There’s work being done right in front of our eyes; if we’d take our focus off the fuzziness of the future and turn our gaze towards the clarity of God’s promises, we’d see it. We’d be filled with hope and steadfast souls if we’d just believe the seasons of waiting are preparation for the days ahead—for the plans we wouldn’t believe even if we were told.
But it’s not easy. Even when we know God is present in the waiting it can still be hard. So, what do you do while you wait? Here’s a few suggestions…
- Be Reminded to Pray
Allowing your season of waiting to bring you back to prayer is important. God understands the struggle of patience. Having a consistent prayer life can be powerful and highly impactful while you’re waiting. Ask God to give you eyes to see His working in the waiting—to be reminded of His presence.
- Renew Hope + Faith
Recalibrate the focus of your faith. Take your eyes off your plans and desires, and give it to God. Waiting isn’t wasted time to Him, but an opportunity to stay steadfast in your faith and turn back to reliance on Jesus. “It is in the delays and the pauses, and in becoming aware of our lack of patience, that he works to save us from self-reliance and revitalize our faith and hope in him.”
- Find Joy
Don’t miss out on today hoping for tomorrow. Waiting and patience-building can take significant time—don’t waste your days away being miserable. Take the opportunity to be grateful for the small things. Find joy in the midst of your waiting. Change your perspective and take things one day at a time.
Stay steadfast my soul. Hold onto your hope. As your triumph unfolds, He’s never failing.
Thanks so so much for reading if you’ve stayed with me this far 🙂
But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me. Micah 7:7