Hurry up and wait. That seems to be one of life’s many mantras. I have to confess I am not a fan of this one. Waiting is hard, and living in the “unknown” is fearful. Did God forget about me? Is he unsure about the next step? If He has ordained the future, why is He being so secretive?
Why does God keep His children in holding patterns?
I do not think I have all the answers. Lately, however, I have had to wait on God for a number of life-altering decisions. Here are some things that I have learned from waiting on God:
Waiting renews my perspective.
I am not in control of my life; God is. It is much easier to see this when I do not know which step to take or where provisions will come from.
Waiting reveals my dependence.
I do not have the wisdoms or resources to go through my life on my own. Having patiently rest until God reveals his plan increases how much I communicate with and rely on Him
Waiting rejoices in answers.
If answers came quickly and simply, I would not learn much from the journey. I would not cry out to God as much, and I would not stand in awe of His plan as it unfolds.
Waiting may not be fun, but it is a spiritual exercise from which much benefit is derived. We will surely “reap if we faint not.” Through this time of waiting, I have grown closer to God and witnessed His hand move miraculously already. May be that wa His plan? I am excited to see how else it will move.
What lessons have you learned from God?