Confession time: I am not a fan of waiting. I don’t like to use the word “hate” but I do hate waiting. Waiting in line at a grocery store is tiring. Waiting in line at a store that does not have enough registers open is frustrating. Waiting in line at a stop light, especially when a person won’t move up, is maddening. Waiting to be waited on and served is annoying.
Worse still is waiting on God. I know what the Scripture says; I’ve quoted them enough. “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.” There are tons more. But sometimes waiting on God is just plain…frustrating. Maddening. Annoying. Tiring. Waiting for an answer. Waiting for God to move. Waiting to die. Waiting for change. Waiting for God to “show” Himself.
I know why I hate to wait. God is not meeting my time line. Like all the other examples of waiting, I can’t make the line move any faster. I can’t push people aside and say, “Come on people! Move faster. If you don’t I’m moving ahead of you.” Nope. Won’t work. Won’t work with God either. How in the world can I push God aside and say, “Come on God. Move faster. If you don’t I’m jumping line!” Aaaah yeah. I can’t leap frog God’s plan. God has my steps numbered (Ps.37:23). He will take His time with me. He will work as He sees fit…in His own time. Just like my spiritual growth is a process, so is following His plan.
So…my response? I still don’t have to like waiting. It is still annoying, frustrating, tiring and maddening, but wait I shall. Wait I must. My life will be different if I do. My life will be more complete. Those statements are true. I still don’t have to like waiting though.
“Father, teach me to wait. That’s a scary prayer, I know. but my life is in your hands. I ask that you give me the grace I need to wait for you to move. Help me not to get frustrated, annoyed, tired, or maddened when I have to wait. You are sovereign, and good, and loving, and gracious. And I am Yours.”Tags: Christian Living, Lifestyle, Opinion, Scripture look