Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers-
I hate waiting. We all have that one family member whose super accommodating and it seems like they can wait for anything. I mean they can wait for food, in traffic for their exit, and for other things outside of their control. These people have the best attitudes and seem to be full of patience. I am not one of those people, not even close. If my food is taking too long at a restaurant, I’m like what’s up? I hate waiting in traffic. I hate waiting in long lines. I hate waiting for the light to change. I don’t like to wait. Once I create a schedule, I want it to run smoothly free of delay. Man, I wish God felt the same way about waiting as I do, but he doesn’t. In fact, He encourages that we have periods of waiting- moments where we sit and wait for the promise.
I was sitting here thinking about my life and I feel like I’m in a holding cell. It’s like I’m in this season of transition, waiting for someone of a higher authority to determine what’s next. I have to wait for God to move. The crazy thing about the holding cell, it forces me to trust that God is making the best decisions for my life- that He knows what He is doing. Sadly, friends, I’ve jumped the gun so many times and moved ahead of Him. This moving ahead of Holy Spirit left me in so much trouble, cleaning up a mess that could have been avoided with a bit of patience. I’ve played clean up because of my inability to wait. But, here I am again in a transitional state of my life and I have no choice but to wait and trust. What do you do when you have no other choice but to wait? I took the wrong approach and complained about my wait. I complained about what God was doing because I couldn’t see all of the details. Yet, God being so full of mercy did not get angry with me but left me in the holding cell to wait things out.
God so full of mercy and compassion is making me wait. He rather I sit still and wait than to push ahead of him and mess everything up. There is beauty in the wait! When we wait, we get to sit with God and prepare for the next. In the wait, we learn the beauty of rest! In the wait, we understand that good things take time. Waiting is for our benefit, waiting is for our maturity, and the wait helps us grow! I’m in a season of waiting and I’m learning that out of his steadfast love for me, He’s placed me here. I’m waiting and that is okay.
Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting – for he will never disappoint you! Psalms 27:14 TPT