musings of a hopefilled soul

Waiting

Waiting is something  at which I have never been good. The Oxford dictionary defines wait as: to delay, postpone or shelve , to be expectant or on the watch for.  A hiatus. Oxford  also expounds that the definition of waiting game is abstention from early action in a contest,etc., so as to act more effectively later.

I don’t think any of us like waiting.  it leaves us in an unknown space for an unknown amount of time.  If we have a problem or a change happening in our lives whether for good or bad, we  often feel we should just get going.  Give us the answer and let’s get on with it.  But God seldom works according to our timetable.

Think of events and things we wait for in life.  Parents wait in anticipation for a pregnancy to end.  For mom it is an uncomfortable time and by the end of 9 months she feels she has been pregnant forever.    However,if  the birth happens prematurely  there are  extreme health dangers that can compromise the infants ability to survive.  Health risks  to a newborn are much less, with a full term pregnancy.

How about waiting for a meal to get done?  We’re hungry and have places to go, leaving us impatient and trying to determine if it is “done enough”.  Sometimes this works out ok but at other times the meat is undone the veggies are hard and the pasta is chewy.  The taste is greatly compromised because it wasn’t time for it to be eaten .

But, you may say,” wait a minute, those are comparisons with a known definite end.   What about when you don’t know when the waiting will end?”  Well I’m with you there because that is precisely where I am  in my life.   So how do we handle  this waiting time?  How do we remain patient?  I can only tell you what I feel God is showing me.  What I can do during this time is to make sure I am tuned in to God. A time of prayer and Bible reading often points us the direction God is heading us.  Sometimes there are things God wants to complete in our lives or the lives of others before he takes us any farther.  Maybe we can handle better what lies ahead if we grow more during this waiting time.  Maybe the success of the project will be better at a different time than we have in mind.

One of the meanings of wait was “a hiatus”. Sometimes God knows we need a time of quiet, calm, refreshing,  and relaxing because he knows what lies ahead will require all of our strength.   Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  They shall mount up with wings as eagles.  They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   While we wait we need to continue to keep a good attitude and live the Godly life He desires of us.  Galatians 6:9 says,”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

With all of you, I determine to be patient and wait on God ,in order that the perfect and completed plan will be accomplished in the best time possible. Have a blessed day!

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