In The Waiting
Waiting (definition): The action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens.
Do you enjoy staying in one spot for too long? Do you relish delaying action while you wait on someone or something to change?
Personally, I hate waiting. I’ll admit it. I’m a time nut, and waiting around for something to take place would seem to be a total waste of time, money, and energy.
So, why does it always seem like we need to wait around all the time?
We must wait until we have a clear direction to move forward in a career change. We must wait for medical treatments to work the way they’re supposed to and finally heal our body. We must wait patiently to declare freedom from debt while we keep chunking down extra money month after month on our debt load. We must wait anxiously and prayerfully as our children move through a rebellious period in their lives.
What Now? That Awkward “In-Between” Stage
So now, we’re waiting around for God’s next move for our lives. We’re in that awkward, in-between stage that no one enjoys. What now?
Well, we have at least three choices to choose from in our response to this in-between time period.
Choice one: we can get mad and frustrated with God. We can mope around and get into a “funk” because God won’t answer our prayers immediately. God’s not on our time-table, so we’re going to pack up our toys and go home, so to speak. We become disillusioned with God. We disengage from living the Christian life, at least to the extent God intended for us.
Choice two: we can get impatient with God and strike out on our own. We attempt to force a change to take place. This is usually when we make poor choices and bad stuff happens to us. We go into massive debt that will be difficult to get out of later on. We marry the wrong person. We take a job position that is a poor choice for our gifting and personality. We end up driving a relationship wedge between us and those we love.
Choice three: we can assume an attitude of patience with our Heavenly Father, recognizing that He knows all things and that He knows what is best for us as His children. We can take on the attitude that God wants to use this in-between time to shape us in to the man or woman He wants us to be.
Becoming The Person God Intends You To Be
Do you know why God hasn’t taken you from where you are currently to where you would like to be? Most likely it is due to the fact that you are not yet the person He needs you to become in order for you to be successful at the next level.
Your ultimate focus in this period of waiting should be becoming the person God intends you to be. He wants you to grow up. He wants you to become more mature in your walk with Christ. He wants you to shed sinful habits that are holding you back. He wants you to learn patience. He wants you to become “a better you” as a result of the waiting.
James 1:2-4 tells us, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
In these times of waiting on God, we are being tested. The purpose according to James is two-fold. First, the testing of our faith should produce endurance. Second, our new-found endurance should produce maturity.
During these times of waiting on God, simply allow Him to shape and mold you into the person He wants you to become.
Questions: How patient are you during these periods of waiting on God? Have you ever considered that God is wanting you to focus on becoming a more mature believer as a result of the waiting? Do you have any personal examples of God radically changing your life as a result of one or more of these times of waiting? If so, I’d love to hear your story.