Season Of Waiting
Does the idea of waiting for something bring negative thoughts? Do you want whatever it is, right then and there? Has this waiting ever gone on for what seems like forever?
In this extended waiting time, a season of waiting, it is important to be still and content.
There are so many times, throughout the Bible, God used waiting to show obedience and full surrender to Him.
After the season of waiting, heroes of the Bible were immeasurably blessed by the Lord. Instead of waiting for the next season of life, treasure the season you are in. God has us there for a reason. Stop asking, “Why, God?” and start saying, “Spirit, lead me.”
I have been learning what patience and waiting should look like. For me, having a boyfriend would be a must; I would feel incomplete without one. I looked for validation from the opposite sex, which left me completely unfulfilled. This is what happens when you put human acceptance/attention over your relationship with God.
The absence of an earthly father has had a profound effect on my life. Learning that my perfect Father in heaven will never abandon me or forsake me filled a void that no other relationship could. I am now understanding I can’t have a fully committed relationship until I can be content and happy with a season of singleness. This season will prepare me for my future spouse and ensure I have prepared my heart for him. Start chasing God, not men.
•Abraham waited patiently for his son•
Abraham waited 25 years for God’s promise to be fulfilled.
“Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised” (Hebrews 6:15)
•Joseph waited in prison•
Joesph waited wait 13 years for the fulfillment of his God-given dreams.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20)
•Moses waited for the promise land•
Moses waited 40 years for God to rescue Israel.
“Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years—a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins” Numbers 14:34
•David waited for God•
David waited 12 years to become King David.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry” Psalm 40:1
•Noah built the ark and waited•
Noah waited 120 years for the flood to come.
“But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him on the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the water receded” Genesis 8:1
There are so many other stories of waiting in the Bible, too. Waiting isn’t always fun, but the process is so beautiful. Be still and wait.
In my season of waiting I have found these concepts very helpful:
Control – Know who has control over your life. When you give your life to Jesus you give control over, too. I have learned sometimes the most difficult thing to do is nothing at all. That shows ultimate trust in the Lord.
Dependence – We are dependent upon the Lord. It is so important to remember that and often we may forget. After all, he did create EVERYTHING!
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19
Patience – Even if we embody the American attitude of hustle and bustle, it is beneficial for us to take a break, sit still for a bit, and be quiet. This is a part of the God-honoring waiting process.
Reflect – What is the season of waiting you are in now? How is God working in you and through you in this season?
Overall, being obedient to the Lord is important. Sometimes He wants us to wait. We need to have a steadfast faith, Listen to His voice, and wait… patiently.