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.