Waiting is my least favorite thing to do. Who invented waiting anyways? Worse yet, who invented the “waiting room?” Essentially, it’s a room to tell you:
It’s not your turn yet….we have no place for you, so you’re stuck here. Waiting. Yes, we know this room is a bit rigid, but we keep it that way on purpose so it stays clean. Perhaps if no one is comfortable enough to even breathe here, we won’t have to clean it that often…”
Ok, maybe those thoughts only belong in my head and not anyone else’s, but certainly you can attest that the world is full of unhappy waiting people.
What happens if the car at the front of the line doesn’t go as soon as the light turns green?
And what happens if the cars in the drive thru start to get backed up?
Why do grumpy faces generously appear in certain stores that start with W and only keep one register open during the day?
The human race just might be called a “race” for more than one reason- we want to move on to the next thing. We don’t enjoy waiting, we don’t want to wait, and especially if the circumstances are beyond our control.
There’s nothing like waiting on God.
No, truly, there is nothing like waiting on God.
I’ve learned, and am still learning, that waiting on God to work in our lives doesn’t have to be the frustrating, blow-your-hair-out-of-your-face-with-your-bottom-lip deal that we make it out to be. Now as I said, I’m STILL learning how to love waiting on God, but here are 3 reasons I believe the Bible teaches that God places us in the “waiting room.”
God alone knows when we are ready for the answer for which we’ve been waiting.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
If I gave my 12 year old son a car for his birthday this year, what would happen? A. Something horrible because he’s not qualified to drive it yet. or B. He would have to sit and stare at it because he’s not qualified to drive it yet. God knows when we are ready for the answer for which we are waiting. He wants us to be equipped for the answer He’s giving and He knows how hard it would be to sit and stare at the answer while we continue to work on our qualifications.
God wants to be our Strength in the waiting.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Through the process of the wait, we have the privilege of learning how to rely on Him. We build our strength in the Lord through the waiting process. Standing poised at the edge of an opportunity, with a ready ear for the captain’s word to move, requires more character and strength than barging ahead on our own. Standing still, listening to His voice, having our hearts open to His Word- these “waiting room” activities are carving and toning our spiritual muscles.
God wants to give us something far greater than the gift of an answer.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps. 37:4
I love to receive gifts from my husband. We rarely give gifts to each other for various (ahem, 7) reasons, (known as children.) But you know what I enjoy WAY more than a gift from my husband? The gift OF my husband.
You see, God wants to give us the answer we’re searching for, dreaming of, longing after…but He really wants to give us something much, much bigger than that gift. He wants to give us Himself. He longs to draw us close in a relationship with Him, so deep that we will forget all about that answer we are anxiously waiting for. Because we have found the answer in Him.
How do we begin to enjoy waiting on God?
We can advance no further or deeper into the holy place of God’s presence to wait on Him there, than our heart is prepared for it by the Holy Spirit. – Andrew Murray
By making the choice to allow His spirit to work in us. To move our thought patterns toward His desires. To know that every single minute of every day that we are in the “waiting room,” He’s not waiting. He’s preparing our hearts for the right direction.
What we perceive as “waiting” is actually His wooing.