“The best thing to do when you don’t know what to do is the hardest thing ever, waiting.”
From the moment we awake, we are on the go. Even when we don’t know where we are going or what to do, we are moving … somewhere.
We’ve developed the mentality that somewhere is better than nowhere. But we forget, the gift of here and now can be a place of great refueling and staging for that next journey. [←Tweet this.]
Blindly going when there’s no clear direction is wearing on the soul.
Sometimes we need to be content to wait until our path, or at least the next step is revealed. [←Tweet this.]
Oh, but that can be the hardest place to be! It feels like time wasted.
Yet God has a plan for that “in-between” waiting time too. The trick is to wait well.
There are effective and ineffective ways to wait. I think you know the ineffective ones: complaining; remaining close-minded about what you are waiting for; sitting passively–waiting for life to happen, trying to force something to happen.
I’m in that place right now. Waiting for God to reveal His plan for me, or at least His next step and I’m tempted to whine, adopt someone else’s path as mine, give up, or push through with my own ideas of which way to go.
But God has graciously allowed me to see that there is a way to wait well. His strategies are revealed in the pages of Scripture.
Throughout His Word God continually called His people to wait:
We remember the shepherd boy David waiting years to take his throne after being anointed king.
Moses waiting for God to act to free the Israelites in Egypt and waiting (and wandering) through the dessert for 40 years afterward.
Abraham and Sarah waiting for their promised heir Isaac.
Elisha, Elijah, Samuel, Mary and Joseph …
Even Jesus waited for just the right time to launch His ministry.
You get the picture. Waiting is not new.
Scriptural View of Waiting
So how do we do that dreaded waiting, so it is not so dreaded? Let’s take a quick look at some scriptural passages that give us guidance, with my emphasis added.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God. Psalm 38:15 (with assurance)
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
I will wait for the Lord,
who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him. Isaiah 8:17
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 1 Corinthians 1:7
Did you notice the guidelines for how to wait?
- With assurance
- With your whole being
- In trust
- Open to His blessings
- In hope
- With strength and courage
Waiting is not a passive, “do nothing” period. Waiting is an active step of faith. [←Tweet this.] It is a time where great growth and discernment can be gleaned.
It’s still tempting at times to hurry through this waiting period, but I’m discovering a richness in God’s waiting room.
Don’t shy away from those moments the Lord asks you to wait.
But embrace waiting periods expectantly, with assurance that God is working, whole-heartedly, in trust, and open to His blessings as you hold onto hope, courageously and eagerly waiting for Him to complete His work in you and call you to that next step of faith.
In so doing, you’ll find strength, direction, and passion anew for the race He’s asking you to run.
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 40:31
Yours in grace ≈