I struggle with waiting. If I have to wait at a traffic light, I am a little irritated if I really need to go somewhere. If I have to wait at the grocery store, I can get tired of waiting my turn. If it is time to eat dinner, I really have to work on it. I cannot even wait to eat! We all have a level of impatience that we must check from time to time, especially when it comes to God. It can be difficult waiting for Him when we feel enough is enough and He should answer us (now).
Do you know what it means to wait? Wait means to look for or to eagerly await something. It does not mean inactivity. When we are called to wait, we are called to grow. Waiting creates an opportunity for maturation in us. As we wait, our ability to manage things from a place of wisdom versus impatience can develop to its optimal level. What happens when we do not wait well? We grow tired, we get frustrated, and we move out of turn. I believe when we start to feel some kind of way, it is because we are waiting the wrong way. We are viewing our wait from a position of disappointment versus expectation.
Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”(NLT). The scripture confirms as we wait for God, He renews our strength. Anything that is renewed flourishes or becomes alive again. God’s promise to renew us is confirmed with Heaven’s seal (it will happen). As we make decisions to trust God, He will give us the courage to move forward. Why? In waiting, He infuses our lives with more of Himself so we can reach dimensions only God can invite us into.
Working in the medical community, I am familiar with waiting rooms. There are several seats in the waiting area, but you must “check in” to take a seat. This alone lets you know that if you are sitting in a chair, your appointment has been confirmed. You are waiting for something, usually a physician or a nurse, and they must prepare for your visit. Your wait might be brief if it isn’t a busy day or it may be hours if the room is full. At the set time, you will be “seen” and “receive” what you came for during your visit.
Today, I want to encourage you to wait on the Lord. Allow Him to be the center of your focus. You may have been waiting for an answer for an hour or several years, but God has a definite time where you will be seen. When it is time for your appointment God will restore you, revive you, heal you, help you—you name it!
Grab your cup of coffee and wait on the Lord in great expectation.
Ashley Sauls~ Minister, Author, Speaker, Encourager