Waiting. It’s not the easiest thing for me, let’s be honest here. When I hear every Hallmark movie reference associated with “waiting” (i.e., “good things come to those who wait”), I tend to cue the eye roll. But in all seriousness, let’s put waiting into perspective. We can be waiting for a number of things: a job, financial security, a spouse, a degree that might be taking 4-8 years to get (been there), etc. What is it that you’ve been waiting on God for and perhaps tirelessly asking/praying for that you haven’t quite received yet? You can’t be sure why it’s taking so long, and the waiting process is agonizingly painful. You look up to the sky sometimes, beat your hands to your chest and scream, “Why God, why?” Ok, I’ll stop with the dramatics now.
I often give the metaphor to the girls I mentor that being in a place of the unknown is often like climbing a mountain (think Everest) without knowing when you’ll ever get to the top! You know there’s another side to the mountain, but you just feel like your climbing is never ending. In our minds, our struggles are real, they are valid, and might be wearing us thin. What we might fail to realize is that Christ is cheering us on while we climb during the season of waiting. He’s been there through the struggle, tasted and seen it all. He goes before and behind us. He’s not surprised by any of it and will see us through it. Our hope rests in knowing that when we choose to wait on Him in patience, we come out stronger and build our character through the process (as it says in Romans 5).
Believe me, all of this is easier said than done. I am preaching more to myself than to any of you. Especially on some dark days, all I want to do is curl up in my bed and binge watch Netflix (can I get an Amen!?). Ok, that might not be the most terrible thing, but my point is, our God is bigger and better, and I choose Him. I choose to worship in the waiting. I choose to believe that my good Father in heaven is working on my behalf even in the midst of the waiting and the shaking. As a matter of fact, Hallmark, I do believe the scripture quotes it best, that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him and seek him [Lamentations 3:25]. I’ll bank on that.