The Gift of Waiting

I’ve learned what it means to wait, perhaps because I have put it into practice so many times. I’ve never been a fan of waiting, you can ask my family. We are notorious for early gifts before Christmas and birthdays. My husband knows that if he mentions the word “gift” my eyes light up and I’m that sneaky kid again wondering where he hid the thing.

I want to hold it in my hands and enjoy it now and yet the anticipation from waiting is just as exciting. Sometimes the wait is the gift. It becomes the “worthwhile wait” knowing that in the process of waiting I become more like Him and less like the impatient child with my eyes glued to the clock.

It’s okay if we don’t know what’s next and how everything in our life is going to unfold. Our need to control and trusting God work like a tug-of-war where we end up with a nasty rope burn.

If He is the God who directs our paths, He is also the God who directs our waiting. We have to decide if we will be found waiting patiently with our eyes fixed on Christ or wrestling with our need to be in control and micro-manage every detail of our life.

When all we want is an open door, I find God there with the door sealed shut. I have found that He is not on the other side of the door. He is right there with me unlocking things within me so that when the door swings wide open I will walk in peace hand-in-hand with the God that orders my steps.

“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” (2 Thes 3:5 KJV)

The patient waiting is where we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. We acknowledge Him, we submit to Him, as He directs our path. (Prov 3:5-6) We wait on a God who is worth it and waiting to lavish good things upon us.

If you feel God knocking on the door of your heart and you know for certain that you have shut Him out…let Him back in and receive what your heart longs for. Nothing else will satisfy you. If you have found yourself weary from waiting rest in this simple fact: God has plans for you that will blow your mind. Resist the urge to kick down the doors of opportunity with your three-inch heels and let the love of God cushion you for the waiting.

Sweet friend, I don’t know what is on the other side of that door waiting for you, but I know it’s going to be good. Sometimes the door is sealed shut because we aren’t quite ready for what’s on the other side. You see, the wait is no longer the pain in my backside. The wait is the gift.

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” (Is 64:4)

Much love to you as you wait.