Growing up I remember going to Disneyland quite often and I absolutely loved it! I loved the atmosphere, rides, delicious churros and pickles, taking pictures with the pretty princesses, and the feel of it all! However, this one thing I was not too fond of: waiting in lines.
To this day, I am still not a fan of waiting in those lines and, in fact, I am not a fan of waiting, period. Who is? I mean, wouldn’t you agree that there is just something about the act of waiting that doesn’t seem to settle right with our flesh? For example, when waiting on God, sometimes we tend to be impatient, doubtful, discouraged, angered, hurt, weary, frustrated, or even disbelieving in what may come to pass. It’s hard for us to sit still and hold out an open hand to God, the desires that lay upon our heart. It goes against what our flesh naturally wants to do which is to have everything in our time frame. God doesn’t quite work that way and, truthfully, I am grateful for that.
“Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10 NIV
Have you found yourself in a season of waiting on the Lord to answer your prayers or desires? I find that this season can be challenging. I’ve waited and prayed many years for a husband. To one day be a wife and mother is a desire that I believe the Lord has imprinted on my heart. Selfishly though, I’ve asked, “When, Lord?” At times I’ve doubted, been anxious, and have grown weary in praying during these years. I’ve looked at the lives of my friends and have envied the love they share with another.
Although this season has felt long and testing, God has showed me how to enjoy waiting in line. This time in my life has allowed me to invest in friendships, take road trips with close friends, travel to other countries for mission trips, and learn to serve the Lord while exercising my spiritual gifts.
I’ve been on quite the adventure with my Heavenly Father. During this season, He did a great work in my life as I waited on Him. He captured my heart. He prepared me for the future. Because of that I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much of who He is and who I am in Christ.
Many of the Old Testament children of God also endured the season of waiting in their lifetime. To list a few, Noah spent many days in the ark, Abraham spent many years waiting on a son, and Joseph spent many years suffering because of the betrayal of his brothers. These men were called to wait on and trust in God. God preserved and provided for Noah, Abraham and Joseph with exactly what was needed in each of their lives. In His perfect timing, God showed up for each of them.
God had a greater plan for Noah, Abraham, and Joseph than even they imagined. Just like them, I may not know what God is doing behind the scenes, but I can be sure that because I am His child it’s for my own good and His glory. Will I wait and have faith or will I do things my own way and miss out on all that God has for me? I may not know His timing or plans, but as I look back on the years I’ve walked with Him, His love and faithfulness are obvious in every other aspect of my life. My King is always, and perfectly, on time.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise…” 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
As we wait, would we hold close the promises of God. Would we listen to the gentle whispers of His voice that reassure us HE is in control. Would we do as Philippians 4:6-7 states: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Let us not grow weary, my sisters, but instead let us look up to, believe in, fervently pray to, and trust in the one who holds all perfect timing and plans within His hands. God is behind it all!
“If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are they that wait on Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries our faith, exercises our patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people.” – Charles Spurgeon