Waiting is hard! Traffic. Long lines at the mall. Waiting for the plantain to fry. Getting married. Getting pregnant. Test results. Answers to our prayers. Even when things are going good in our lives, we hate waiting for the next positive moment to happen. Perhaps you know the feeling of waiting for your phone to charge?
You’ve run out of batteries, you’ve plugged the phone in and now there’s nothing to do but sit and wait? And even it really only takes a matter of minutes (and even though it’s nothing more than a phone), you start to feel tense and anxious, wondering how long this could possibly take.
Most people don’t like to wait. We often get frustrated waiting on fast food or waiting behind the slow car in the fast lane. We are always in a rush to get to the next place or the next thing.
This mindset often carries over into our spiritual lives with us rushing to the next big thing.
But while most of us are in a hurry, it seems God is usually not in a hurry. The Scriptures say He is slow at going about things. It seems He always has a plan and a purpose for everything.
The problem with waiting is not having all the details. From our perspective, we have everything figured out and we want God to move within our timeframe.
But waiting is part of God’s plan. God has many reasons to let us wait, none of which we see until after the fact. For instance, God may want us to wait until: we gain more knowledge, more favorable circumstances arise, we have the support of others, financial provision is available, we are emotionally prepared, etc. God always has good reasons for making us wait. Waiting is a part of life and one of God’s tools for developing people. The Bible is full of stories of people having to wait on God, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul and countless others.
Often we don’t even know why we are waiting. But God does.
He is an all-knowing God. He knows when I sit and when I rise; He perceives my thoughts from afar. He discerns my going out and my lying down. He is familiar with all my ways. He knows the purpose for any waiting in my life. My job is to trust Him. I can either wait patiently and learn what I can in the process or wait impatiently and miss whatever refinement the delay holds for me.I know that as I wait I’ll discover the value of letting things come in God’s time. I’m sure that I’ll also find the beauty in waiting —the possibility that God’s dream for my life is just on the other side.
Posted on February 14, 2015, in Dear Jesus and tagged Christian living, God's plan, Patience, Trust, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.
Whether it’s waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for food service, or waiting for marriage, biding our time is more counter-cultural than ever. And proclaiming it “the hardest part” resonates deeply. We have been conditioned to have it our way, right away. First it was fast food and instant coffee; then it was everything else as well.
Very true, darling. Waiting on God is not only difficult; sometimes it seems impossible. We want things to happen in our own timing, according to our plans. But God doesn’t operate on our schedules, and expecting that He will is when disappointments come.
It is commendable to remember that God sees the total picture, we see just a small part. Even Jesus Christ, with his unique powers of observation and understanding, when he prayed, again and again asked that God’s will be done. As a believer, I can pray for the right thing, the right way, in the right spirit and attitude and yet God may not grant me what I want, when I want. I have learnt that.
Hello, Ezar. Nice! There are some things that do not sit well, that do not make a comfortable fit for humankind; and waiting seems to be one of them.
God bless you for such a wonderful post, I am sooooo encouraged by it. waiting is not easy, but I know deep down in my heart it will be worth it. I have waited and i am still waiting, I have been having a very difficult time of it of late, the devil presenting all manner of “second best” to me, but I know very well the peril of marrying outside of the will of God from so many friends and family members, that I cannot allow that in my life.
Thank you for the encouragement.
When I feel down and out, tired of waiting, I listen to I AM GOD by Kirk Franklin:
It’s not easy waiting on You
It’s not easy believing that You got this together
But without faith it is impossible to please You
So I’ma stand right here
You got me, You got me, You got me
Be still and know I am God…
Inpatient take much of our time, my sister is always in a hurry to get things done and most times had to repeat because she always let some critical aspects of the job undone.
Thank you so much for sharing this! It encouraged me in my waiting for God’s best!
Thanks Ezar for sharing your thoughts. It’s indeed great to know that God has our best interests and heart and we can trust in His plans for our life:)
In a book I read by pastor john owen, he compared waiting on the Lord to sailors at sea who were at a great distance from land and beset with storms, yet were sustained in hope by the glimpse of land on the distant horizon. I quite agree with him.
Ezar,just heard a sermon on ‘Delay’.My dear,whether delay or wait,we suffer mental agony.Many of us will prefer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ for an answer to prayer,but not WAIT.Why?Because wait is indefinite…can be days,weeks,months or years(donkey years).For Papa Abraham nd Mama Sarah,it was 25 good yrs.Chei!!!For 30yrs,i have believed God for something nd i am still trusting Him to do it.He is faithful.However in waiting,i am fruiting ‘patience’as a key Christian virtue with God.
I like this saying” that God answers prayers in three ways, he says ” Yes” and gives it to you, No and gives u a better one, then ” Wait,” and gives you the best. In the scripture: All that waited on God,got the best, though painful at present, you will definitely smile at last when u wait on God.
Waiting is the one thing that doesn’t seem to be getting easier with age. Why is that? These are good words here, Ezar. Thanks for sharing them
What an amazing post and reminder that even when we may feel that we are at the very end of our Blessings Our God has no end! Thanks so much for the reminder…
Like Job said I will WAIT until my change comes…
The koko is what are we doing while we are waiting?
There z always something to do lest we be WASTING instead of waiting.
Funny thing is when the testimony comes ehn, we forget the waiting period.
Lovely post boo