Waiting— not my favourite word. I'm not a big fan of waiting… and I'm 99.99% sure that I’m not alone. Our world is so steeped in instant gratification. From instant oatmeal, to instant messaging, instant relationships and Instagram... it’s clear to see that waiting has become somewhat counter-cultural in this crazy society of ours. So, in an age where everything is just one switch, one button and one swipe away, how can we learn to wait?
I've come to the realization that this waiting game comes down to one thing: trust. A lot of it. See, I don’t actually have a solid explanation for why God pauses and delays some things. I don’t know why we have to go through days, months and years of waiting sometimes.... But I think that’s the point. God uses seasons of waiting to show us that we don’t need to know everything – we just need to know Him more.
Sometimes God keeps us waiting to remind us that we’re not in control and that our own plans aren’t as great as His. I’ve run ahead of God so many times and to be very honest with you, my own pursuits have always fallen short of God’s best. A lot of us need to take a step back and realize that while we're stuck in the details of our everyday lives, God sees all. He sees the big picture.
No, that job, breakthrough or opportunity might not be here yet, but just keep waiting patiently and passionately. Don't trade the right thing for something right now. It's not worth it. Patiently wait and believe that God will do His part, in His time. God knows you – everything about you. He hears every prayer and He knows every doubt, fear and dream you have. Trust that He will give you the desires of your heart if and when it’s best for you.
I'm learning that waiting on God is actually less about my actions, and more about the state of my heart. Where does my hope lie? In something or someone? Or in God? Through my own experiences, I have learnt that it’s in Him that we find out who we are and what we’re really living for. Our hope is in Him alone - not in another person, a paycheck, a passion or a purpose. God is waiting for us to passionately wait on Him and Him only.
Don’t trade God’s timing for your deadline! God has wrecked my plans so many times but man.... I’m so thankful. I am astounded by the number of times He has suddenly turned up in my life and turned everything around for the better.
Sometimes situations will change, opportunities will go and some people will exit without an explanation. Sometimes God will ask you to say no to something now so that you can yes to something better. And sometimes it will be really hard to do that. But remember this: there is always, always, always a blessing on the other side of obedience. When you fix your gaze on who you’re waiting on, and not what you’re waiting for, you will never be disappointed. He is worth the wait.
Below are a few verses that keep me going. Hold on to them!
"God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. "Lamentations 3:25-27.
"...but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing." Psalm 34:10.
"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11.
"God, the one and only--I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I need comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life." Psalm 62:1-2.