Wait, wait, wait.
All I ever do is wait.
We are always waiting for something. Perhaps you are waiting for the door of opportunity, a driver’s license, a great move, the dream career, a spouse, or a child. The list could carry on until my hair turned white and gray. The thing is God is constantly moving regardless of whether we see his movement on center stage. When nothing is happening before our eyes, he is still working behind the scenes.
I used to believe waiting seasons meant that God was punishing me because of my lack of obedience. I used to believe that waiting seasons meant God wasn’t evident in my life or that he had simply forgotten about me. I truly believed that waiting seasons were considered to be useless because I did not see God moving in front of my eyes. God is constantly moving even behind the scenes. Throughout the entire waiting season, he was working on preparing me for the next season.
Waiting seasons have taught me that when I feel stagnant, God is working by preparing me for the next big thing. He is teaching me to remain patient and allow him to take the reigns of my life. He is constantly stretching my faith beyond my comfort zone. He constantly challenges my faith by asking, “How much do you trust Me? Do you trust Me when life seems easy or will you be willing to climb the mountains and travel into the valleys with Me?” It is easy to respond, “yes” when everything’s going good. Sometimes it is even harder to say “yes” when the wait seems difficult especially when we cannot see what God is doing in our lives.
Every day is a choice to live patiently while expecting God to open the next door [in his perfect timing, of course] out of every waiting season.
Waiting seasons are perfect for:
- Being Stretched
- Learning patience
- Surrendering our desires to God
The story of Esther is a great example of what it looks like to wait on God. Esther was a young Jewish woman who had never planned on being queen. She was taken along with many other young women into the kingdom and began a preparation process before meeting King Xerxes.
“Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.”
Esther waited and prepared for one year before she met with the king. Wow! Sure, one year seems short but when you are personally experiencing a waiting season, one year may seem like an eternity! We can learn from Esther by her story and testimony during our waiting season. Esther remained joyful and hopeful while waiting. She waited anticipating that God was in control and that He had a divine plan for her. God prepared her to become the queen and the bride of King Xerxes and because Esther allowed God to prepare her during her waiting season, she was used in an incredible way that saved her people from being destroyed. What an opportunity!
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until receives the early and late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,”
God is constantly working in your life while you are waiting.
He hasn’t forgotten about you. He isn’t ignoring you.
Allow God to prepare you during your wait.
Allow God to mold and shape you into the person you’re meant to be.
Allow God to do an amazing work in your life.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Help me to endure this waiting as a gift and to never view waiting as a sign that you’ve forgotten me. I know you are working for the good of my heart and what is to come. Prepare me, Jesus! Prepare me for the next season while I am waiting in this season. Forgive me when I become anxious and weary but teach me to remain joyful always. Teach me to become like Esther. Prepare me to be used and to do great things for your kingdom! I love you so much. Thank you for constantly working, even behind the scenes of my life.