I have to admit that I am a very impatient person. I like a quick turnaround. I like fast results. I like to get going! I’m not one of those girls who goes shopping for hours on end to only make a few purchases. I can walk into my favorite store and basically clean house in 30 minutes. I know what I want and I make it happen. Having to wait on something regardless of what it is can be grueling for me. I’m instantly reminded of my four-year-old daughter. What is it about this age and them taking their sweet time when getting in and out of the car? Anybody?!?! I seriously just about lose my mind waiting for her to climb in and actually sit in her seat. Then getting out of the car seems to take waaaay longer than the process of getting in! She is just beating to her own drum and very slowly makes her way out. It seriously feels like 10 solid minutes. Unreal. I even find that I have a hard time waiting and listening to my 12-year-old daughter as she tells me a story about something. It may be an incident that occurred during her school day or something as simple as her telling me about an outfit choice she has made. It takes her forever to tell the story. She has to give—EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL.—and all the while I am thinking to myself HURRY UP! Get to the point! Clearly, I have some things to work on, and I am, but waiting is just not my thing!
This leads me to my topic for this blog. Waiting. More specifically, being in a season of waiting. My husband and I started out 2018 with some high expectations of things to come and to be very honest, we are five months into this year and those expectations just have not come to pass. It has been very frustrating. It’s been really easy to stay disappointed or discouraged. But I am learning some very valuable things. This is not a time for me to be impatient. This is not a time for me to rush through. This is a time for me to press in—press way in and develop an even deeper relationship with God.
It’s very clear in the Word that there are many different seasons of life. Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 (ESV) says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
If you read a little further in verse 11 it goes on to say, “God has set the right time for everything.” Just because I am not seeing things manifest now and happen now, does not mean God is not working. God never stops working on our behalf. We need to use these waiting seasons to deepen that relationship with Him and learn to fully trust Him. Micah 7:7 (CEV) says, “I trust the Lord God to save me and I will wait for him to answer my prayer.” I have made a personal confession: I will trust Him in this waiting.
My season of waiting may look different than yours. Yours may look longer than mine. Maybe even years. Maybe you are waiting for a job opportunity to come. Maybe you are waiting for a broken heart to heal. Maybe you have suffered through a miscarriage and you are waiting to become pregnant again. Maybe you’re waiting for a significant change to occur in your marriage, in your home, or in your children. Whatever your wait is, God is there. He promises us in His Word, “I am the Lord, and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly” (Isaiah 60:22 ESV).
There are so many examples of seasons of waiting in the Bible to learn from. I think about Joseph and how God had given him a dream that he would one day be the leader of Egypt. It didn’t happen right away by any means. In fact, he was sold into slavery and then later thrown into a prison all for a total of around 13 years (Gen. 37–50). Joseph remained faithful to God that entire time. And God remained faithful to him as well, always taking excellent care of him. I can honestly say that during these five months of waiting, the Lord has just blessed me and shown me His faithfulness several times in tangible ways.
It’s in this waiting time as I deepen my relationship with Him and pour out my heart to Him, He is restoring my hope and my vision and is persistent in reminding me of His faithfulness. I’ve recently spent some time looking back over my life and have just been able to remind myself of how He’s always been faithful in every circumstance and that has given me the strength and courage I need to keep pressing on.
He’s also inviting me to rest. Psalm 46:10 says to “cease striving and know that I am God” (NASB). The New King James Version says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” By resting in Him, by trusting in Him, by confessing that when it’s time, He will make these things happen quickly, I can truly be free from worrying about how all this is going to turn out. I can be free from stressing over when this season of waiting will end. I can rest assured and have full confidence that He is faithful on all of His promises to me and that He has set the right time for everything. And you can too! Press in, go deeper with Him, and rejoice in the waiting. Look at it as an opportunity to spend more quality time with Jesus. Get rid of the doubts. Get rid of the bad attitude, negative comments, and the grumbling. He has something amazing prepared for us at the end of our waiting. Will you stay faithful? I know I will!