Waiting can be tiresome. When we focus on waiting for all-the-things, they can easily overwhelm our lives and consume our minds.
In my world, waiting looks something like this:
Waiting on the funds to afford my next haircut.
Waiting on those email responses.
Waiting for that painful injury to (finally) fully heal.
Waiting for God’s guidance in what ‘to do next’.
Waiting for our family to grow from two to three.
If I had to list all the things I’m waiting for, it would quickly fill a page, or three. Like most people, I struggle with waiting, and with what-to-do in the waiting.
But what if God designed my waiting - and your waiting - for our own good? And if that’s the case, what does it look like to have a willingness to wait for God’s perfect timing?
In Psalm 62, David beautifully writes about what happens in his soul as he waits on the Lord.
Do you see God’s goodness in David’s wait? Here, God shows David that He’s worth waiting for! Why? He’s David’s source of salvation. He is David’s rock, and his fortress. He is the reason David is able to live, unshaken. Through David’s waiting, he more clearly sees that hope lies in God alone. David is open and honest with God as He struggles to wait for Him (see the other verses in this chapter), and through it all, David sees that waiting is for his own good.
Though my flesh has the urge to fight against the concept of ‘waiting-is-good-for-me’, when I meet with the Lord, I continue to experience these very truths in my life as well.
In my waiting, God grows bigger and bigger. His power becomes more clear in my life’s narrative. His grace pours over each of my days. And His mercy is renewed each morning. My soul, like David’s, grows for the Lord as I experience and need Him in new ways.
2 Peter 3:18 tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” This is the process of sanctification - or growing in the Lord. And one of the truest ways our Lord grows us is in our waiting.
In our waiting (like David’s), God shows us that He’s worth waiting for. He shows us that He alone is our source of salvation. He alone is our rock, and our fortress. He alone is the reason we are able to live, unshaken. In our waiting, we more clearly see that our hope lies in Him alone.
Isaiah 40:31 promises us this: they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
If waiting is for our own good, what does it look like to have a willingness to wait for God’s perfect timing?
As I flip through the pages of God’s word, I find...
This list is just a start. Waiting develops many, many other God-given qualities within us, too. If you find yourself in a season of waiting (like most of us are), I challenge you to take a closer look in God’s word, in search of how He has designed your waiting to grow your love and trust in Him.
Micah 7:7 says, “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
When you look to the Lord, do you choose to wait for Him? Do you believe that he hears you? Do you trust Him?
As I sit and write, I see before me a business-suited man scrolling through his smart phone, a napping lady bundled in her sweatshirt and dark sunglasses, and kids staring out the wall-lined windows that frame the big planes.
You guessed it. I’m at the airport.
This place continually houses ‘waiters’ of all sorts. Flight waiters. Starbucks-line waiters. Reuniting-with-loved-ones waiters. Not-able-to-exit-the-plane-yet waiters.
Here, and everywhere, life tends to feel like a series of waiting games.
Watching these airport waiters bring to mind the question, why did God design our waiting in the first place? Wouldn’t it just make sense to push a button and arrive at our destination? Or snap our fingers, and POOF! Our long-distance friend is standing right before our eyes? Or do a nose-wiggle, and hot coffee appears in hand? (Ohhh, that’d be nice).
When I ask, why the wait, God? He gently reminds me, This is not just your story I’ve written. It’s My story – for all humanity. And I’ve invited you to patiently read along, page by page.
Lord Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25)
An hour is coming. In the meantime, we wait.
We wait - and pray for the dead to hear the voice of God. We wait - and witness how our Creator’s perfect mercy and justice is administered through time. We wait – and trust that every word of God’s redemption story is perfectly crafted.
We must walk with God, experiencing the story page by page, as He moves us forward through history. We must not move ahead, assuming that taking matters into our own hands will draft better solutions. And we must not lag behind, unwilling to believe that the story is actually moving forward toward His perfect ending.
We walk with God, and we wait.
And, perhaps our greatest wait is for that final trumpet call, as our Savior and King meets us in the sky.
Jesus tells us that He’s preparing a place for us. He promises that He’ll come again, and take us there Himself, so we can be there with Him forever. (John 14:3)
An hour is coming, friends. In the meantime, we wait.May you become more willing to wait for the mighty work of your Father, the almighty powerful One. He loves you more than you know, and has designed your life with a perfect purpose.