The Art of Waiting

“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” - Psalm 27:14

Do you struggle to wait in a world that seems to be sprinting forward at an unfathomable rate?  God addresses this over and over in the Bible as He teaches us about the art of waiting.

Missing an Opportunity

I confess that one of my least favorite words in the English language is “wait.” Growing up, I wanted to ensure I wasn’t missing out on even one second of what life had to offer me.

As a child, my mother would attempt to discipline me by placing me in a chair in the corner for time out. Rather than idly waiting for my time to be up, I’m told I would walk my feet up and down the wall, sing songs to myself and play games in the corner. (Thank goodness my mother had patience with me!)

Unfortunately, I usually didn’t learn my lesson because I would distract myself from the thinking about what I needed to learn. To this day, I still don’t like to wait. I have to be careful or I will miss out on an opportunity to grow.

God’s Love in the Waiting

As a fixer, waiting is one of the areas I must focus on surrendering to God on a daily basis. Over the years God has asked me to wait time and time again. There have been times of waiting for healing for myself, healing for loved ones, to hear His voice in the midst of tragedy, for Him to whisk me out of the darkness I know so well.

That fervent waiting caused me to press in to God, being genuine in prayer and believing He is with me every step of the way. Now I can see that God has used it all for good. Not just for the good of others. Not just for the good of the Kingdom. He also allowed those seasons of waiting for my good, to shape and mold me into the Christian woman I have become.  

I have come to this conclusion: it is through God’s love for me that He allows these seasons of waiting.  These seasons are when I am most malleable as the clay and He can mold me closer in His image. After a season of waiting, I find more freedom than I had before and a deeper understanding of who I am as a believer.

God Is with You

God never promised this life would be easy, in fact Jesus often reminded His followers that life would be challenging. As a believer, you are not immune to challenges and shortcomings. The difference is, you have the Helper. The Holy Spirit lives in you to comfort and guide you. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you!

So if you are in a season of waiting, be encouraged. You are not walking alone. This season does have a purpose, and you can come out the other side stronger, but you must press into God. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Waiting is not a time of inaction but rather waiting is a time of great action.  Action in choosing to trust, choosing to dive in to God’s word and choosing to lean on your Creator and Savior. Waiting isn’t an act of complacency but rather an act of standing firm and enduring spiritual warfare. What will you choose today? The art of waiting is no small feat.

It isn’t easy to be content in a season of waiting.  I have endured terrible seasons of desperately waiting to see God move. But God is big, and His power is mighty. With Him, you can face whatever season of waiting lies ahead.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces patience. And let patience have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” - James 1:2-4

Lauren Cartwright lives in Burlington, VT, where she serves as a collegiate missionary and is involved in women’s ministry. She blogs at www.pursuinghope.org