We made it through winter. We are no longer surrounded by bare tree branches and brown grass. We waited a long time for spring to emerge and fill up our world with vibrant color again.
But there is also a different kind of waiting.
There is the waiting we do for answers as we seek God’s direction in matters of prayer and decisions and choices that need to be made.
I’ve been thinking about waiting and how to do it better than I have impatiently waited in the past. I am learning how to wait. Waiting has taught me how to wait.
Waiting - with trust added to it will give you endurance, peace, confidence in God’s ways, His plans, His timing. Waiting without this kind of trust can be acutely agonizing and will make us miserable. Waiting on God should be our place of rest, not worry and fretting, not wringing our hands. Waiting on Him from a position of rest comes when we have learned to trust Him with everything and with all of our heart.
When I am waiting on answers from God, I know He is asking me to trust and rest while I am waiting -and I want to do that, and say I will, but I must admit I often find it very hard.
That is okay, because I am learning to walk by faith, draw closer to Him, listen for His direction, and not get in a hurry. As He teaches me to wait on Him with all my trust placed confidently in what He is doing in my life, I will find I can wait patiently for what He knows is best.
When we find the place of rest that waiting God’s way will bring us, we will find a new strength we didn’t know before, because we have experienced our faith growing, and we know in our heart that what we are waiting for is a perfect answer from God. That makes the waiting worth it all.
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.