There’s this word that whether we want to admit it or not, we as women hate to hear.
The word is…
In fact, being impatient has been ingrained in me for a very long time. My first bad note sent home was for not waiting in line patiently. Everyday in Ms. Miller’s 2nd grade class, we would complete these math challenges. Every successful math challenge earned you a gold star – and I loved my gold stars! When the math challenge was over, all the kids had to line up at Ms. Miller’s desk to receive their gold stars. Normally, I was at the front of the line waiting to collect my gold star. But on this particular day, I somehow was towards the end of the line.
And you can just guess what happened. Little 7-year-old me grew impatient!
The teacher must have seen my disdain for having to wait as I stood in line with my arms crossed and tapping my little foot because on that day, I was sent home with my first ever bad note! And it read something like this:
Alisha was very impatient today. She needs to work on waiting in line patiently.
I laugh about this story now and the thought of that very impatient 7-year-old me.
But the reality is the 7-year-old impatient me grew up to be the now impatient me. And the Lord has been dealing with my impatience lately and teaching me to wait.
Why Can’t We Just Wait?
As women, we just can’t wait. We can’t wait to graduate, we can’t wait to land that dream job, we can’t wait until we are married, we can’t wait to buy a house, we can’t wait to fill that house with kids, and we can’t wait to kick those same kids out.
Almost worse than a “No” is when God says, “Not yet. Wait.”
But why are we so resentful when it comes to waiting on the Lord when so many people in the Bible have? After all, if we have to wait on the Lord, would we not be in good company?
Noah had to wait on God’s timing before leaving the ark, even though he had been on the ark for about a year already (Genesis 7:17-8:19). Had he stepped out of the ark a day sooner, the earth would not have been ready. Could it be that we are waiting because things are just not ready yet?
Sarah and Abraham had to wait on God’s promise for a child – although both were of old age and the circumstances seemed bleak (Genesis 15:2-6 and Genesis 17:15-17). But what seems impossible to us is not impossible for God.
And as believers we are always eagerly awaiting Christ’s return (Romans 8:22-25, Galatians 5:5, Titus 2:11-14, and 2 Peter 3:11-13).
These are just a few examples of those who waited on the Lord. Yet knowing these examples does not make the wait any easier.
Because the truth is waiting on the Lord can be hard.
What to Do While You Wait on the Lord
In waiting on the Lord, God has shown me these 3 things we can do:
Pray honestly and pray often.
Waiting on something can bring about anxieties you’ve never even felt before. But Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
No matter what you are waiting on, pray! Pray honestly to the Lord – letting Him know when the wait is not so easy and when you are overcome by your anxieties. Even if you have to pray over and over again, the Lord does not grow tired of you. And pray with thanksgiving – thanking Him for who He is and what He has already done. We can focus so much on what we are waiting on that we forget what the Lord has already done in our lives.
Put your hope in Him.
In Psalm 130:5 (NIV), the psalmist states, “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits and in his word, I put my hope.” As you wait on the Lord, put your hope not in your circumstances, not in yourself, but in the Lord. Draw near to God during those times of waiting – especially when those times bring despair. For our hope is in Christ Jesus alone.
Do the good works He created you to do.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). We can focus so much on what we are waiting on that we forget the good works we should be doing. And I don’t mean doing good works as a way to keep yourself busy and ignoring what you are waiting for. That type of doing just leads to more anguish and anxiety.
I mean the type of doing that comes from a thankful heart and a desire to please the Lord. The type of doing that understands, that although I am waiting, the Lord knows what is best for me. He knows what I am waiting on and what I am waiting on is not for me yet and there are good works I could be doing instead of growing anxious during the wait.
I know all to well that the wait can be hard. But let us continue to pray, put our hope in Jesus, and do the good works God created us to do.
Ladies, what have you done while waiting on the Lord? Share your stories below about waiting on the Lord.
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