Who likes to wait? Not me! I’m guilty of being the shopper who steers the grocery cart into the shortest line, hoping for a quick exit. Oops–that’s only if I have “20 items or less” to purchase!
On the road, it always seems to be my luck to be driving behind a hay-bale truck in a no-passing zone! Of course, it’s when I’m scheduled to be somewhere “on time.” Sigh!
We have fast-food restaurants…does the name imply that the food is cooked up quickly? Or, is it due to the fact that the transaction can be done in the “fast-lane” and scooped up as soon as possible? We don’t even have to get out of the vehicle-how cool is that?! 🙂
On a daily basis, there are quite a number of activities or situations that require waiting: bread being toasted, brewing coffee, traffic encounters, calendar appointments and my favorite–the mail to arrive!
Waiting on God is a whole different entity! Often, after we have gone to Him with a particular request or concern, there is a lengthy period of silence. God’s timing can’t be measured, estimated or predicted. It requires patience. Ugh.
In those times of waiting upon the Lord, what can be done? I’ve written down a few suggestions, which I believe can be helpful in making the time pass more quickly:
1.) Read your Bible. Search the Scriptures to see if you can find a similar situation to the one you are in. The Psalms are always a good place to start. Many of them paint a scenario of hopelessness, grief and fear…yet the result is always an uplifting and satisfying one. Being able to identify with someone else who rested in God’s promises will certainly be an encouragement at this time!
2.) Recall past answers to prayer and praise God for them! The present may seem to drag on, but reflecting on something that has passed is a vivid reminder of God’s sovereignty and care. Giving thanks for what WAS done should heighten the anticipation of what IS to come! God is faithful and He will not fail you!
3.) Realize that God is molding you in the process of waiting. Believe it or not, God is doing a work in the midst! Your character is being tested; if you remain sensitive (not stubborn) to the changes that may be necessary, a wonderful product will be produced! Oh, and others will take notice too!
4.) Restrain yourself from making comparisons. Ah, how often we look around at what others are doing! It causes us to become envious of how “easy” someone else has it; or we grow more distracted and demanding in our mindset, believing that God isn’t being “fair.” Whatever it is you are going through, God has designed it specifically for you! It’s time to grin and bear it!
5.) Rest in the Lord. The Hebrew definition of “rest” can be interpreted as “to be silent to.” We inadvertently think it’s God who is quiet in the waiting times; when, in fact, it’s us who are commanded to “be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).” This concept carries with it the expectation we have in knowing that our God is supreme, ever-busy and fully in control. If we say we trust Him, this is when our actions speak louder than our words!
Relax and let God do His Holy Will.
Lamentations 3:25 “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”