“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
Waiting on God. Is it ever easy? I know there have been times in my life when I have waited patiently, even joyfully. However, right now I am at a season in my life in which waiting is not easy. I find myself easily overwhelmed by my circumstances and begging God to please, please, please hurry up and show me His plan. Sound familiar?
We don’t like to wait. I don’t like to wait. How many of us get impatient when we have to wait for the microwave to finish our bag of popcorn or a particularly slow website to load? I confess, sometimes I don’t even wait, I just go to another site and try again later. Impatience. My life is loaded with it. And now, God is asking me to wait. [Insert great, big sigh here.]
We know what it says in Galatians (try not to sing it while you read it) “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience… “ I am a Christian, a born-again child of the Living God. Therefore, I have the fruits of the spirit, including patience. So, when I am impatient, I am choosing that instead of choosing to exhibit the characteristics of the Holy Spirit living within me. Obviously, not good.
What’s more, though, is while I’m waiting for God to reveal His plan to me, waiting impatiently shows my lack of trust in my Heavenly Father. It shows that I don’t trust that He will reveal His plan to me in the right time. I am, truthfully, afraid that somehow, though I’m seeking Him, that He will somehow forget to tell me what He wants me to do; the direction in which He wants me to go.
Is that really possible? If I am truly seeking God, will He forget to lay down the pathways on which He wants me to walk? Will He suddenly ,somehow, withhold this information from me? No, of course not. He has promised to direct the paths of His children if we are following Him. (See Proverbs 3:5-6)
I need to trust Him especially when He is asking me to wait. Although it may be hard (sometimes I think hearing a “No” is easier than hearing that dreaded word “wait.”) I need to remember that He is the same loving Father and this period of waiting will not change that. I can learn to rest in that. To rest in the capable arms of the Father while I am waiting.
Dear Jesus, You are in charge of everything and my life is in Your hands. I can trust You with every single detail, because You are good and You love me. I want to trust You. Please forgive my impatience and distrust. I put my life in Your capable hands (again) and I surrender to whatever You have planned for me-whenever You have it planned. Amen
What about you, are you waiting for something? Do you find it hard to wait or have you learned how to do it with patience?