Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! - Psalm 27:14
As a child, my mother would attempt to place me in a chair in the corner for time out. In my adventurous mind, I made the most of this time. Rather than pondering the life lesson I was supposed to be learning, I’m told, I would walk my feet up and down the wall, sing songs to myself and play games in the corner. As infuriating as I’m sure this had to be for my mother, thank goodness she had patience with me! Unfortunately, I usually didn’t learn my lesson because I would distract myself from the situation. To this day, I still don’t like to wait, I find the most of life in the moment I’m in. I usually find a way to enjoy it but I have to be careful I’m not missing out on an opportunity to grow.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces patience. And let patience have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4
In my Type A personality, I rush into projects. I research them to death in a short amount of time and dive all in. It rarely occurs to me that I could wait and complete a project at a later date, when the timing might be better. I am an “all in” kind of woman. Due to this wonderful character trait, I certainly deal with some shortcomings. One of those shortcomings is patience and the art of waiting. I’ve often told others, “God rarely shows me what the big picture plan is because He knows if He does I’m going to run as hard and fast towards that plan as possible and I might miss out on the crucial lessons of trusting in Him and equipping along the way.” Having just celebrated Easter, I am reminded of the importance of waiting especially in God’s timing.
God’s sovereignty is something I could spend my entire life researching and delving into. At this point in time, I have come to this conclusion: It is through God’s love for me that He allows these seasons of waiting. These seasons are when I am most malleable as the clay and as the potter He can mold me closer in His image. After a season of waiting I find more freedom than I had before and a deeper understanding of who I am as a believer. God never promised this life would be easy, in fact Jesus often reminded His followers that life would be challenging. As a believer, you are not immune to challenges and shortcomings. The difference is, you have the helper. The Holy Spirit lives in you to help comfort and guide you. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead lives in you! If that’s not something to celebrate, I don’t know what is.
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.- Romans 8:11
If you are in a season of waiting, be encouraged. You are not walking alone. This season does have a purpose and you can come out the other side stronger but you must press into God. He will never leave you nor forsake you, but have you walked away from Him? I do not say these things thinking it is easy to be content in a season of waiting. I have endured terrible seasons of desperately waiting to see God move. However, I am saying God is that big and His power is that mighty. That with Him, you can face whatever season of waiting lies ahead.
Waiting is not a time of inaction but rather waiting is a time of great action. Action in choosing to trust, choosing to dive in to God’s word and choosing to lean on your creator and savior. Waiting isn’t an act of complacency but rather an act of standing firm and enduring spiritual warfare. What will you choose today? The art of waiting is no small feat.