Thriving while Waiting

Guest Post by Abby DuBois

Picture this: It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, you’re out for a stroll in the town to the nearest coffee shop. (Or for my small-town folks with no sidewalks; you’re on vacation enjoying the city.)

Regardless of what you are doing, nothing can bring you down. You walk down the sidewalk with an extra pep in your step sharing your joy with everyone in passing.

You see the coffee shop across the street.

Walking to the crosswalk you press the button of the arrow that you desire to go. “Wait” the machine calls out, warning you that it is not your turn to cross. You wait for what seems like an eternity while the people to the side of you have already crossed twice!!

You walk once more to the crosswalk button and begin to press the arrow several times in hopes to speed the process up. “Wait, wait, wait,” the machine calls out. Frustrated, you wait a few more minutes until finally, the white walk sign gleams and you safely cross to your destination.

I don’t know about you, but I have been this person many times in my walk with Christ. I find myself being frustrated in my season of wait and comparing my walk with Christ to others around me. Looking at the opportunities that they have had and questioning God on why it’s not my turn to cross.

Thankfully, I can look to the Word for encouragement and find all of the examples of people that didn’t waste their season of wait, but instead, received what God was showing to them and grew from those moments.

Abraham waited for a son, and waited and waited some more. However, instead of losing faith and hope, the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. (Genesis 15:2-6)

Jesus even had a season of wait! He did not begin His ministry until He was an adult. He was around 30 years old when He began His ministry here on earth. Even now, He is in a season of wait to return back to earth.

I hope this serves as a reminder to you. Don’t waste your season of wait, grow in it, and allow your faith to be strengthened.

Rejoice for the purpose that God has placed on your life and don’t allow comparison to creep into your mind.

Just like you wouldn’t step out on a busy crosswalk when it’s not your turn to go, don’t miss the lessons that the Lord is trying to equip you for in your season of wait.

Guest Post by Christle Jenkins

WAITING, the story of most of our lives, right???

We wait in line at the store, we wait at the doctor, we wait for test results, we wait at red lights, we wait for the weekend, and the list goes on and on. One of the most challenging, but most important parts of waiting, is waiting on the Lord.

The bible speaks of waiting on the Lord in the sense that He is coming back for His children. 2 Peter 3:8-9 says, “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.

This shows His gracious mercy for us all. Praise God for this!!!! We live in a culture today where we want it now and the world makes it so easy to act quickly. It’s easy to make decisions based on our emotions, so that we feel like we have control. As Christians we are to take all our petitions to God in prayer and YES, most of the time we must wait for Him to answer.

This is where it gets challenging for me. But God wants us to wait patiently and courageously, trusting in His timing and His will. The whole point of waiting on the Lord is that we learn to seek Him, to pray, meditate on His word, and hear His voice. He expects us to be completely dependent on Him and to turn over the control we think that we have.

So, when we feel overwhelmed with life’s worries, we need to stop, take a breath, and go to the Lord in prayer. It is okay to let the Lord know our doubts, but then we need to leave them with Him – trusting that He knows best. It is also okay to bring our wants and needs to Him, but we must be patient enough to wait on His direction and His answer. We must let go of all the outside distractions.

His timing is perfect. When we have to wait sometimes it is just not the right time. Other times it can be a sin that God wants us to deal with. This is where seeking Him in prayer, listening for His answer, and giving Him full control of our lives gives us the strength to wait for His will. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord”.