I realized recently that I’m not good at waiting. (Actually, I’ve known that for some time, but God reminded me of it this week.) I don’t like waiting in long lines at the grocery store (or any store, for that matter). I’ll bypass a fast food place if the drive-through line is too long. I don’t like waiting for the food to finish cooking in the microwave, or for the traffic light to turn green. I don’t wait well.
This week I’ve been waiting for a biopsy result from the doctor’s office. I’m waiting for a response about a potential writing project. I’m waiting for an answer from some women I’ve asked to pray about leadership positions. I’m waiting for Hobson to grow out of his mischievous kitten season of life. Waiting. That seems to be a major part of my life right now. Actually, it’s part of life — period.
I don’t wait well. God, why do you want me to wait?
As I asked Him that question this week, He reminded me of how He uses waiting in my life to deepen my relationship with Him. He uses waiting in my life for good.
- Waiting drives me to prayer. While I’m waiting, I’m praying constantly about the situation, talking to God throughout the day about it.
- Waiting puts my focus on Him. While I’m waiting, I’m looking to God, seeking His will, even as I share with Him what my desire is.
- Waiting prepares my heart for God’s answer. It gives me time to wrestle with the issue and the outcome, and to come to a place of sweet trust and rest, regardless of God’s answer.
- Waiting draws me into a desperate dependence on Him. It disciplines me to not get ahead of God and take things into my own hands.
I’ve waited for things in my life, and God has often chosen to not give me what I’ve wanted or asked for. But the time of waiting wasn’t wasted. Waiting is hard, but good for us.
Yesterday, I began to write down Scriptures about waiting on God. I pray these verses will encourage you in the midst of waiting as they have me.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the Lord. Be strong. Let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalm 37:7 – Rest (be still) in the Lord and wait patiently (wait longingly) for Him.
Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently (intently) for the Lord.
Psalm 62:1 – My soul waits in silence for God only.
Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait in silence for God only. For my hope is from Him.
Psalm 130:5-6 – I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord.
Perhaps you’re waiting for an answer from God about something today. How is God using this period of waiting in your life? What verses have strengthened you during the waiting? I’d love to hear your thoughts.