Waiting is hard.
That’s an opinion I feel confident asserting. Not that I’d take to the Capitol steps to gather supporters, but if I did an unofficial poll, it’s safe to say the general population would agree with me. We’ve all experienced some season and degree of wait—and chances are we didn’t like it.
What have you waited for?
Your health to be restored?
Life to look the way you dreamed it might?
People you love to know Jesus?
Long-awaited desires to blossom from the seeds of prayer?
Waiting is hard. If we’re fortunate, our wait has an end in sight and with steps—even small ones—we close the distance on our prize. Sometimes though, there is no visible finish and our only choice is to exert the effort and discipline required to wait well.
I find myself in the latter crowd, and while I confess I’m not crazy about it nor do I want to get cozy up in here, I can say with confidence that God is at work in my wait. He’s showing me some things I need to see, and some I need to get rid of.
Why do we wait on God?
I’m a HUGE fan of quick response and rapid action, but we who have walked with God know that we cannot sway His timetable. The longer we journey in faith, the more we also learn that we wouldn’t want to.
While we may be unwilling participants in the waiting process, our willingness to learn while we’re there makes all the difference.
In other words, what motivates us to wait?
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
At the start of this year, I penned this prayer as I entered this season of waiting. The motive of my wait is that I simply don’t want to pursue anything that God doesn’t want for me.
We may not know what God is doing, but if our desire is that what comes next, come by His hand, then we choose to wait on Him. That doesn’t mean we are passive participants in this life—or that we’re weak, oppressed, or giving up—but it does mean that we don’t climb, claw, or chase. We don’t demand or declare our way right, best, or first.
If we want what God wants for us, we don’t live exalted, but remain humble, believing that what He can do far surpasses anything we could do alone.
Why is waiting worth it?
When God gave me “seek” as my word for 2017, He also planted me in Proverbs. Being a story lover who enjoys a little chronology and order in my bible study, the bits and pieces of this wisdom book felt awkward and choppy at first. But after a few days, I knew exactly why God planted me there.
Waiting goes hand-in-hand with wisdom, and God’s word
is the greatest source.
In the midst of my wait I want to be equipped with wisdom, but I also long for peace to accept the process. No one wants to wait wrapped-up in anxiety and weighed-down by stress.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30
<< Tranquil: peaceful, serene, unflustered, untroubled, composed. >>
Friends, don’t you want to declare your heart unflustered and composed? I’m convinced that God knows that waiting isn’t easy for us, and He wants peace to reign in our hearts. But at the tail end of that very wise verse, God has something else to say.
… envy makes the bones rot.
Waiting can often lead to comparison. It can cause us to wonder why we haven’t been afforded the same timing or given the same opportunity as people around us. I’ve been seduced by those lies. I’ve confessed that sting of envy. It’s ugly, and it rots us from the inside out.
If our heart is God’s plan-God’s way, then we won’t want what He’s given others, we’ll want what He’s designed for us. We won’t be satisfied with anything less.
If we’re not willing to wait for what God has for us,
we’ll live envying what others have been given.
Waiting IS hard, but it’s worth it. Fun? No. Easy? Nah-uh. But here’s the thing: we serve a God who is willing to make us wait for His best. A God who doesn’t want us to settle for less. A God who takes time and care to cultivate in us a person who is ready to receive His very best when He chooses to deliver it. That’s worth it.
The wait isn’t meant to be simple, it’s meant to supply us with everything we need to walk worthy of what God will give. When I get there, I want it be with wisdom on my mind, tranquility in my heart, and strength in my bones. Don’t you? ♥
By His endless grace,
You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Jennifer Dukes Lee, Holley Gerth, Kristin Hill Taylor, 3dlessons4life, Grace at Home, Heart Encouragement Thursday, and Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth.