Waiting it tough, isn’t it? We HATE to wait. Whether its in line at Starbucks, or the grocery store, in traffic, or for our food, we just hate to wait. However, waiting is part of life. There are things we just have to wait for, so, why is it so hard for us? Is it because we live in a world full of instant gratification, easily acquired items, fast food? Maybe. But I have a feeling that even long before all of these things people hated to wait.
But what about when waiting is actually HARD? Waiting to see if your teenager steps off that rebellious and dangerous path? Waiting to see if your spouse decides to stay and work on your marriage or leaves? Waiting to see if it’s cancer. These are the times when waiting is hard and sometimes crushing. How do we handle the waiting in these situations? Do we buckle, fall apart, lash out? Some of us. Do we doubt, fear, and question God? Some of us. Do we pray, ask for wisdom, strength, comfort, and direction? Not enough of us.
But that is what we should do, are supposed to do. We are supposed to take all of our needs, hurts, and anxieties to God. Then we are supposed to leave them with Him and trust that, ” that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. Even when it’s hard, and we can’t see a way out, even when our circumstances are crushing us…God is working EVERYTHING together for your good. But, we have to wait it out. Good things take time, don’t they? Your favorite dinner, a good wine, works of incredible art, creating soul touching music: all require time. Some take more time than others. Did you know it took fifty four months to paint the ceiling of the Sistine chapel? That is four and a half years. So if good things take time and God is ALWAYS good, don’t you think we should give Him time to work out his masterpiece in our lives? Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? YES!
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
This is how we should wait. Rejoicing in the hope we have in Jesus. The ultimate loving papa. Who really does know best. Patient in our circumstance because we know that God will not leave us in them. Constantly praying. Cry out to God, always. Even if it is the same broken prayer again and again. Say it. God rejoices in our prayers. Prayer is what will strengthen you while you are waiting. It brings you face to face with God. Don’t hold back. Despite what you may feel, what the Enemy is telling you, He does hear. He does care. He is hurting for you. BUT he loves you far to much to let you have less than the best.
So while we are waiting, at Starbucks, at the store, or for test results: pray. Be aware of God around you, in your circumstance. Fix your eyes on Jesus, not on what is going on around you. And remember, every good thing is worth waiting for.