Monday, May 2, 2011

Redefining "The Wait"

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

--"While I'm Waiting" lyrics

Life is short and fleeting. The bible says the days are evil. We don’t even know if tomorrow will come or not. The only thing we can count on is what lies in front of us, the present, the here and now.

Single ladies, your life does not go on hold because you are waiting for prince charming.

Dating ladies, your life does not stop because you’re waiting for him to pop the question.

Engaged women, God has a purpose for the time in your life between engagement and marriage.

Married women, your life isn’t finished because you are married; God has many plans for you still.

One of my friends recently pointed out to me that we have this horrible assumption that we must be absolutely still and do nothing while we are waiting. Waiting has a horrible connotation for our society—when we think of waiting we are instantly irritated and upset—we just want it now! Give it to us now! I shouldn’t have to wait! I’m above this!

“You’re waiting because you’re not ready yet. Wanting it now is pride.”

—a wise man once said

God has his plans made up for us (Ephesians 2:10.) He has everything working out in his perfect timing, we just have to exhale and trust him. This time of waiting, is a time of blessing and growth. God uses times of wait to stretch our patience, deepen our dependence on him, and bring us closer to his love and protection.

God has been really challenging me to redefine the word “wait” in my life. I no longer want to think of it as annoying and “taking forever!” I now want to think of waiting as a prolonged period of patience-enduring faith; an opportunity to grow spiritually and deepen my walk with the Lord. I think this is what God intended for the word “wait.”

Isaiah 40:31 says,

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” God promises the wait will strengthen our character and renew our trust and energy for following him.

So stop focusing on what everyone else is doing around you with their lives. Stop trying to guess what God is going do for you, stop trying to manipulate situations to make things happen faster, and stop screaming at the microwave for taking too long--everything will happen in God’s perfect timing. Be patient, and trust him.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…”