It had been a looooong year. After arriving in Indiana, our family of 5 moved in with friends while we waited for our house in NC to sell. Foolishly, I kept saying, “No need to unpack much, we’ll only be here a month.” HA! That month became the entire summer, which then stretched on through the Fall, beyond the Christmas season and marched straight into the blooms of Spring. It was then that I gave birth to our 4th child. Up to this point, by the grace of God, our 2 families had done pretty well living so closely for so long. However, my patience to have my own home was wearing thin.
By the time I was 6 weeks postpartum, over a YEAR after arriving, I believed I could not take WAITING one more day.
My relationship with the friends we lived with was stressed, my marriage was completely miserable and my ability to be a loving mom had sunk to an all-time low.
Worst of all, my connection with God was broken. He had called me to WAIT on out NC home to sell. Then he called me to WAIT on finding a home we could afford. Then He called me to WAIT during an extensive renovation of our new home. I had been waiting…and waiting…and WAITING. What more could I possibly do?!
Have you ever been so tired of waiting that your prayers stop become requests and start becoming demands?
We want to see God at work in our lives NOW.
See Him change our circumstances NOW.
Give us answers & direction NOW!
But that is not how He works…
When God calls us to wait, it is not for HIS benefit, it is for OURS.
There are 4 Lessons God is teaching you while you wait…
BE GRATEFUL for all the things that you have at your disposable while you wait. It takes only a minute, but write down or say out loud 5 things that you have at that very moment that another person is lacking. Food, clothing, a roof overhead, gas in your car, $ to pay bills, your health…maybe some of those things are what you are waiting on. So why just thank God for the breathe you just took in? Or the opportunity to make someone else’s day better with your smile and an encouraging word? Being grateful is the first step towards being content while you wait.
CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE towards others around you while you wait. I consider myself a pleasant person in general. However, tell me that I must WAIT longer than expected for something I WANT and I am quick to lose patience! Next time my prescription is not ready when I come to pick it up, the line at the grocery store is 6 carts deep, the dress that I want is on backorder, I must remember that it is in these tiny, seemingly insignificant, everyday moments that I can choose to bring glory to God with my attitude as I wait.
WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE while you wait. The circumstances may not be ideal. You may lack time, resources, manual labor, strength, money or a number of there necessities. But what DO you have? I once heard a missionary say, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” God will do the rest. Be creative with your solutions and be amazed by what God can do with what you have when you give Him your all.
DON’T WORRY about how things will work out while you wait. Be patient while as God works on the big things: ministry opportunities to open up; healing for a sick friend; relationships to be repaired and the salvation for loved ones. If it is in Him that we find true comfort, the inconvenience of waiting becomes bearable, if not all together inconsequential, when we trust in God to meet our needs.
When we get frustrated with what we perceive to be God’s lack of attention to our needs, we have lost sight of the bigger picture. We forget that it is often while we are WAITING for God that He…
Sanctifies us. Strengthens us. Grows us.
Changes us. Renews us. Carries us.
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