Have you ever waited on something for a long time? Something you not only wanted, but felt you really needed?
Michael and I have done a lot of waiting these last seven years, and we’ve seen a lot of God’s provision. Sometimes we have what we need before we even know we’re going to need it! Other times, provision comes just in the nick of time. And we’ve occasionally experienced the relief and thrill of seeing something long-desired finally come to fruition.
But after seven years of living with family during the tumults of Michael’s illness, we’re still waiting to have our own home. We spent about six weeks in an apartment right after we married. But when Michael’s health suddenly deteriorated, we had to move in with family and have not been able to go back.
Hindrances to getting our own home are not only financial (which is significant) but also physical. Michael has so many things he’s allergic to that we can’t live just anywhere. Conditions have to be just right. And we’d still need to live close enough to family for help as needed. It’s one of those situations where only divine orchestration of the miraculous kind will do.
What are you waiting on? Healing? A job? Friendship? Marriage? Reconciliation? Financial relief? None of us loves to wait, but the waiting room seems to be a place God often chooses to do His deepest work. So what do we do in the meantime?
- Pray – “You do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:2). God knows our needs, but according to this Scripture, some things we cannot receive until we petition the Lord for them. Let’s not allow prayerlessness to be the reason we miss out.
- Bloom Where You’re Planted – “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage…multiply there, and do not decrease” (Jeremiah 29:4-7).When the Israelites were carried off to Babylon, the future looked bleak. In spite of their trying circumstances, God told them to move forward with their lives and seek go0d where He had placed them. Waiting may sound like a passive activity, but we should continue to fill our lives with many good, intentional, and godly pursuits.
- Look for Opportunities – Waiting on God doesn’t mean we sit back and assume He’ll drop something at our doorstep. Keep thinking creatively and searching for ways you may be able to change your circumstances. If you’re asking God for healing, continue to pursue good health. If you want a new job, keep the word out to friends and apply for positions of interest. When it’s the right time, God can open a door to your efforts.
- Recognize God’s Work – Waiting can feel like a waste of time. But if we open our spiritual eyes, we can see what God is accomplishing in us and through us—like stronger faith, endurance, patience, compassion, and trust. All of these hard-won virtues make us look more like Christ, the ultimate goal in life and eternity.
- Entrust Yourself to Him –“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).“You are good and do good” (Psalm 119:68).“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:5).We know He cares. We know He hears us. He’s given us every reason to trust Him. Let’s surrender our deepest desires to His care. We may feel we know what we need and when we need it, but His ways are higher.
Whatever you’re waiting on, may God give you the boldness to ask, the initiative to bloom, the vision to see His work, and the confidence to trust Him.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those who hope in him, to the one who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:22-25).
Question: Are you waiting on God for something? What things have helped you as you wait?