I’m in a season of waiting, and my guess is that you are too. Waiting is what we all have in common worldwide. We’re all waiting for something or someone, for grief to subside, a sense of normal, returning to school or work, a new job opportunity, a baby, a child to come home, a spouse, the freedom to visit loved ones, healing for our physical and emotional infirmities, or hope in the midst of discouragement and despair.
It’s easy for me to take matters into my own hands when waiting feels indefinite and endless. I so often try to fulfill God’s plans and purposes for my life in my own way and time. However, God’s timing can’t be rushed. I constantly remind myself that 1000 years is only one day on God’s calendar.
Waiting is not easy. It’s incredibly hard, especially when I do see and feel the clock ticking. Often I don’t wait well. I get angry and depressed. God knows that waiting is hard, and he’s gracious towards me and towards you.
As I wait for healing from broken relationships, for a new home, and for God to fulfill my desire for children (I am past childbearing years), I’m reminded that waiting is a prevailing theme in the journey of transformation.
- Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for a child who was promised to them when they were well beyond the season of childbearing.
- Joseph waited nearly 14 years as his life went in what seemed like the exact opposite direction of his dreams.
- The Israelites waited generations to be freed from slavery.
- Moses waited 40 years in the desert before fulfilling his purpose to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
- David waited 15 years after his anointing before serving as king.
- A bleeding woman who spent all that she had on medical treatment waited 12 years to be healed.
- A paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda waited 38 years to walk.
- Lazarus waited 4 days to be raised from the dead.
We’re not alone. Waiting is a common theme in the lives of the heroes of faith. The journey of healing and redemption is primarily a journey of waiting.
As I wait for breakthroughs in my life that only God can bring about, here is what I have learned about the transformative power of waiting:
- Waiting renews. In this season of waiting I have had to learn to let go of what I used to depend on and to surrender, rest, relax, and receive God’s grace and mercy as I depend on him alone.
- Waiting refines. Waiting has refined not only my character but also my desires. Waiting frees me from the tyranny of the urgent and the delusion of immediacy and cultivates contentment and confidence.
- Waiting strengthens. Waiting involves stretching and exercising faith muscles in painful ways. To wait is to endure and persevere, which strengthens our true identity.
You are not alone in the waiting, friend. What are you waiting for? And how are you being transformed in the waiting?