Five Minute Friday ==> Wait

Waiting is a HUGE test of faith.

Sometimes it comes in silence – no words, no movement, not even a whisper. It can happen in the midst of pain – broken hearts, misunderstanding, a physical ache. Waiting carries its questions too – are we there yet, how much longer, is it time? Sometimes, this side of heaven, the waiting never ends.

For me, it takes intentional patience to endure the hours and days that stretch before me. My nature is not to go with the flow or sit back and enjoy the ride. I have to choose patience, plant my feet in faith, and if I’m honest plea with the Lord for just a small glimpse behind the veil.

Sometimes He indulges my longings and other times ==> more waiting.

The promise holds true – the wait, the endurance, the perseverance of faith lengthens and refines our spiritual muscles. We, who have long walked by His side, believe.

We believe that God will deliver because we have seen Him do it countless times before. We believe that while that delivery may not come in the package or form we most desire or expect, what He chooses for us is infinitely better than what we select for ourselves.

The wait holds hands with faith and blossoms into trust.

The waiting process isn’t simple or tidy. We weren’t ever promised that waiting would be easy. We are simply guaranteed that we do not wait alone. God draws near. He endures along with us. He meets us in our holding pattern with grace, promise, and the universal exchange of our failing strength for His mighty power.

Behind the testing, the longing, and the hoping – He moves. The hand that finely tunes the universe hovers over my life and yours. He works on our behalf, because He can.

Because we are His and He knows in beautiful and divine ways exactly when the wait is over.

Since before time began no one has ever imagined, no ear heard, no eye seen, a God like you who works for those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 MSG

**Happy to be back at the Five Minute Friday link-up. This incredible community of writers participate in a weekly (or monthly in my recent case) five-minute-free-write. It is purposed to be unedited – but my Type A personality binds me to a quick refinement and spell check. Most importantly it’s an opportunity to pour our hearts on the page over one pre-selected word prompt. This weeks word is: wait. To learn more about this free write challenge, visit Kate and the crew over here.

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15 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday ==> Wait

  1. I like that, ‘the wait holds hands with faith and blossoms into trust’! As I was reading, I was thinking about the long process of waiting for 9 months for a child to be born. In this process, there is waiting, there is stretching, there are transitions but at the end of time, something beautiful comes forth. We are all in that birthing process.

    Thanks for sharing!! Visiting from #fmfparty

  2. Beautiful, encouraging post. I am particularly touched by the following sentences and can only say, “Thank You, Father.” “The waiting process isn’t simple or tidy. We weren’t ever promised that waiting would be easy. We are simply guaranteed that we do not wait alone. God draws near. He endures along with us. He meets us in our holding pattern with grace, promise, and the universal exchange of our failing strength for His mighty power.” Blessings.

  3. “I love sitting in traffic” – said no one ever. (o: Waiting is such a difficult thing for us to do in this society, which wants everything NOW. I love your blog! Wonderful insight.

    1. Lol…so true!! We are a hurry up and go people, especially our younger generation. I often wonder if our kids will know what it means to be still. So we learn and we model! Thanks so much for visiting me and for your kind words.

      1. Now it is my turn – so true!! It is a discipline I am trying to teach my kids, to set things down and take reprieves. Um . . . the modeling of that – not so much, other than the fact that they see me daily seeking God – my moments of rest!

  4. Hi Tiffany – such wise words & a great reminder of the rich rewards waiting can bring. This is a lesson I’m still learning as I’m not a naturally patient person… Always such a temptation to me to launch into action too soon to try to solve a problem in my own strength. But the times I’ve waited and trusted God have worked out so much better! Thanks for your lovely, clear, honest writing – I really enjoy it. :)

    1. Thank you, Kerry. I totally am with you on not being naturally patient. It seems the more I pray for patience the more opportunity God gives me to exercise it…be careful what you ask for, right?! :) So blessed you stopped by today!

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