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The Waiting Game

“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming.” This quote is one of many that can encourage you to keep going on this journey called life. Perhaps, you’re in a season of waiting and you feel like you’ve been waiting for what seems like forever. Maybe you are waiting to hear back from a job, for a check to clear, or an answer from God on what to do in life.

Whatever you are waiting on, the process can get exhausting, especially since it seems as if we are always waiting on something.  Think about it. We wait in a checkout line, we wait for the traffic light to turn from red to green, we even wait for the pizza delivery guy to drop off our pizza. If we are constantly waiting, you would think it would get easier right?

Well, we should be used to it but honestly waiting is one of the hardest things to do, especially when it is out of our control. One thing we need to realize in the waiting game is that God doesn’t work in our realm of time. He works in His timing and that news in itself is frustrating. There are a few ways we can get through these tough times more easily and develop more patience along the way while we wait on God to come through.


#1 Change Our Perspective

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 tells us  – “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

A gigantic part of getting through any situation in life is the way we look at things. When we look at our season of waiting as negative, it will turn out that way. The key is changing our mindset. For example instead of thinking “This is taking too long” or “what good will come out of this?” Let’s think about things like: “Even though this may be taking too long, I know God’s timing is perfect and God uses all things for good and this is one of them. When we start to change our outlook from negative to positive. We can start to enjoy the waiting season and get closer to God in the process.


#2 Accept that Maybe You Are Not Ready for What’s to Come Yet.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us –“There is a time  for everything and a season for every activity under Heaven.”

God is a good Father and any good parent will not give their child something they are not ready for. Think about it this way: Would you give a two-year-old a knife to cut an apple? No, because the child will hurt themselves with it. When God blesses us, he knows that we can handle what is given to us. God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. We must remember that just because we may think we are ready does not always mean we are. Let’s just accept it and trust that God is preparing us for what he is going to give us. The season you are in currently may be your time to learn and grow while waiting on the blessing to manifest.


#3 Know That There is a Purpose in Your Waiting

John 16:12 tells us“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.”

Have you ever thought that maybe God is positioning others so that they can be in the right place at the right time so that both you and they can reap the benefits? Oftentimes, we do not think about all of the factors that may go into us receiving a blessing. Think about how many hands a dollar touches before it reaches your hand. The factors behind the scenes of life that we have no idea about are one reason we should trust God. He knows about every detail.

This year is going to be the year where we learn to trust God. We will learn and understand that each season we face in life will not come easy. God is doing a new thing that requires us to trust the process that he has already developed in our favor. Doing this will require effort from every one of us. We must change our perspective, accept that we may not be ready for what is to come, and know that there is a purpose in our waiting.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me for such a time as this. I know that you have my past, present, and future in your hands and whatever is meant for me will be mine. Just as your word says in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time for everything under Heaven. Help me to seek you instead of my circumstances including _____________ and enjoy the things you have blessed me with while I wait for future blessings to come. Lord, I ask that you also help me to change my perspective to focus on the positive rather than the negative, accept that it may not be my time yet, and understand that there is a purpose in my waiting. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.