Have you found yourself in a season of waiting? I sure have. The truth is, as humans, we are always waiting for the next big thing. For some reason, we can’t be content just where we are. When we are growing up, we can’t wait to get to high school. Once we reach high school, we can’t wait to “get out” and go to college where we are “free.” Once we’re there, we can’t wait to get into the “real world” and start working (hint: if you are still in school, don’t wish this time away. The “real world” aint so glamorous). After that, it’s waiting for “the one” and marriage, followed by waiting to start a family, and finally, waiting to retire. And before you know it, you’re at the end of your life looking back and wondering where the time went. We are constantly waiting for what’s next instead of enjoying the season we are in.
What are you waiting for, right now? It could be graduation. Maybe it’s your future spouse, or you’re waiting to get pregnant. Or a job promotion. It could even be that you are waiting for healing from something. Whatever it may be, it’s so easy to dwell in the fact that you are constantly waiting that it becomes life consuming and your impatience reaches an all time high. But here’s what I’m learning: How are you going to be able to notice what is being done in your life right now when you are so focused on the future? How are you going to be able to continue to grow and mature into the person you need to be when you’re continually looking ahead past the current moment? It’s hard to change your ways, but it’s true. Yes, God gives us things to look forward to. He wants us to be excited about all He has to offer us. But He doesn’t give us these things so that we will lose track of what He’s blessing us with right now.
I was listening to a sermon from a church in Nashville called Cross Point Church a few weeks ago. The sermon happened to be on waiting. I won’t forget this point from the pastor that stuck out to me like a sore thumb: “What you do in the waiting is just as important as what you are waiting for.” Whew – chills. Hearing this stopped me in my tracks and forced me to take a step back. What am I doing in the waiting? Who am I in the waiting? Am I being patient and trusting that my time is coming? Or am I being impatient and making sure everyone around me knows it? It’s so easy to look at someone else and think, they are getting MY blessing. I was supposed to get that. But, I’m here to remind you that there’s reason in the journey. There’s purpose for the learning. And who you are, and what you are doing in the waiting, are just as important as what you are waiting for. And chances are, God’s not going to just hand you everything when you want it. He’s going to use this time to mold you and change your heart until you are ready for what you are waiting for.
In closing, if you are in a season of waiting, I suggest you study the following Biblical stories. Maybe you will find encouragement in what these guys faced and how the Lord worked in their lives.
- Abraham and Sarah
Whatever you are waiting for, take heart and be patient. Don’t look so far ahead that you lose track of what is in front of you right now.