Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What Are You Waiting For?

The Waiting Game. We’ve all been there. We’re all there now in some way or another.

Everyone is waiting for something or someone. And while you may not being waiting for a spouse, you're undoubtedly on a path where you've yet to reach the destination. 

A job. An opportunity. A blessing. An answer to prayer.

As singles, the temptation can easily be to take matters into our own hands because the only set of hands we have is our own (or so we think)...

I find it interesting to observe people when they’re stuck waiting. You know those moments. Like when you're standing on a long line at Target with only one register open but seven employees walking around. Or in stand-still traffic on the Long Island Expressway not even moving an inch. The 'best' is walking into the DMV. Your number is 273 and they haven't even reached 75.

We don't really want to be in that actual place. We run into Target with the hopes to grab our toiletries and rush right out onto the next thing. We hop in the car to get to a destination so we can scratch that appointment off of our agenda. And seriously, whose idea of fun is actually dealing with the DMV!? Yet all of the above are a part of life. And all are a means to an end. 

There's been seasons in my life where I've sought the Lord for specific answers and the only thing specific I was finding in His Word was WAIT. It's a four-letter word! Not gonna lie, I'd sometimes roll my big eyes and say "Really!? ... I'm tired of waiting!"

Waiting can be rough. Really rough. And we love to bust out with the  "How long, O LORD!?" psalms because it makes us feel better that people like King David got weary in the waiting. 
Job, too. And good ol' Habakkuk. But, despite their complaints and "how long's", there was ultimately a trust and hope in their hearts, which (if we're honest) we often lack.

Waiting can be wearisome when we're waiting on results rather than waiting on God. Our hope can't be in results and God can't be our means to an end. He has to be our everything. Once we have that revelation again (if you're anything like me, you need them a lot) there is a shift. 

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but 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. - Isaiah 40:28-31

Check out verse 31 in these translations...

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength... (NIV)

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength... (NLT)

Our waiting on God is intertwined with our hoping and trusting in God. It's when we lose heart and lose hope that waiting sucks. I say this not because I have arrived at hoping and trusting in God; it's from experience of misplaced trust and hope.

Though the frustrations of waiting are real and we sometimes feel like we're in the traffic jam of life, trust that our holding pattern is not punishment. Our God of hope and love has our best interest in mind and He's making a way for us. His way. 

pressing on toward the goal,

We wait in hope for the Lord;  he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice,  for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,  even as we put our hope in you. - Psalm 33:20-22

(We'll discuss this a little more later on this week...)

What are you waiting for? Can you wait a little longer?  

1 comment:

Amarilis Padilla said...

Absolutely, because what God has for me is worth the wait. =)