Have you ever been in a season of waiting in your life? You know the place. Like, that awkward in-between of not knowing what is coming next but knowing things will change. That place of “limbo” where you are waiting on something great, but maybe going through something bad. Maybe you’re waiting for something you love to become successful (a business venture, a blog, a passion). . . Maybe you’re waiting on a career move or a job promotion. Maybe you’re waiting on love and your future spouse. Maybe you’re waiting on a baby. Maybe you’re waiting on a prayer to be answered, a friend to come your way, or a relationship to be restored. . .
Maybe you are waiting on God and it is a struggle to remain faithful. Maybe you are having a hard time trusting that He sees the bigger picture, that He holds the future, and that He has good plans for you.
Friends, I’ve been in that place. I’m there right now, actually. My family will be moving in 6 months or less and we currently have no idea where we are going. The unknown is looming so close ahead of us. It would be so very easy for me to succumb to anxiety and frustration, but I know that won’t help. Because the truth is, God knows what is going to happen. He knows where we are moving and where we will live; because, His plans for me are good. What I want is to learn to be faithful in this time of waiting-faithful to God and His timing and control over my life. I want to trust Him more. I want to experience peace, even though there should be a bit of panic; and assurance, even though there should be a bit of doubt.
Many times when we find ourselves waiting, we feel like God abandoned us, forgot about us, or left us on our own. Because we don’t see the end in sight, or because we haven’t received immediate gratification, or because the unknown is confusing us, we think God must have overlooked our needs and prayers. God is slowly teaching me, though, that there is so much beauty in the waiting!
It is in the waiting that we gain courage. It is in the waiting that we become brave. It is in the waiting that we grow and learn and change and develop. Maybe it is in the waiting that God is preparing us for our moment in the sun. . . Maybe what we are going through now is preparing us for what we will deal with later. I love Psalm 37:34 when it says wait passionately! Wow! God wants us to find passion in the NOW, and He urges us not to leave the path. It might be tempting to try to find our own way when God has us waiting, but friends, that path is leading you right where you need to be-into the light, into the sun, and into goodness.
So as I wait to find out where my family will be moving, while I wait for my little blog to do big things, while I wait for my husband’s career to advance, while I wait for things my heart desires to become a reality, I am choosing to find passion right here, right now. I am going to passionately wait and diligently seek the face of God. The closer I get to Him, the more my desires will become aligned with His.
Are you in a season of waiting? Has God just saw you through to the other side and into the light? Feel free to leave your story in the comments! Let’s encourage each other through the waiting!