Waiting Well

Am I the only one who finds seasons to be synonymous with waiting?

When I first lived abroad, and experienced the changes in the weather throughout the year, I found myself in a constant state of waiting.

I couldn’t wait for winter to be over. The biting cold seemed to slice through this island girl’s layered armour of clothing in one strong breeze.

Then I couldn’t wait for spring to pass. Living with the terror of tornado season was almost more than I could handle (You can see a hurricane coming from a long ways off = adequate time to prepare).

As for summer, ever experienced a hot hair dryer, blowing at max speed, on your skin? Yep, I couldn’t wait for summer to be finished.

Now everyone knows that fall is the start of the longest semester ever in the school year! I was counting down the weeks to Christmas break.

Do you see a pattern?

I was soooo busy looking forward to the next season that I failed to appreciate the gifts of the one that I was in.

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Does this sound familiar?

Lord, how long before I get my dream spouse/child/job/car/insert-your-heart’s-desire?

God has His reasons for doing what He does, when He does.

Paul, in Romans 11:33 GNT, clarifies it for us, “…How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways?”

This is where our faith steps in. We can’t see but we believe He is working while we are waiting.

“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 GNT

With time, I began to appreciate the clean, crisp, winter air, the sense of new beginnings in spring, the long days of summer and the colouful hue that make up the leaves in the fall.

Years later, I actually miss the cycle of change.

You see, through the lens of time, we can come to appreciate the lessons that waiting taught us.

It is in those waiting moments that we experience growth; growth in our faith and growth of appreciation for the things around us.

I know it can be difficult.

It is not a nice feeling to be on standby, to feel like you’re on pause, go slow or worse yet stagnant.

But I am encouraging you (and me) to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and off your circumstances.

Bury yourself in His Word; develop a prayer life. Do what it takes to maintain a spiritual focus.

The devil would love to distract us with what’s happening to everyone else; pointing out that they’re whizzing by in the fast lane while we cruise on crawl.

But that is none of our concern.

As our faces differ, so would our paths. No two are the same; each is unique and custom designed by the Lord himself.

Now I know you’ve heard of “aging well”, but today let us try to wait well.

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Ruth couldn’t begin to imagine what the Lord had in store for her when she lost her first husband. And the end of her story was more than she could have anticipated.

My friend, expect that the Lord will come through for you, but expect that it will be in His timing.

Meanwhile, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 KJV

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