It’s funny, we’ve been reading a book on waiting in our Ladies’ Bible Study, and here we are, going through a season of waiting. When we started the book, no one was going through a waiting season, but as time progressed, the Coronavirus happened, and we’re all going through a season of waiting. And, now, I’m going through another season of waiting on top of it. Waiting for an answer to move into a house. Just another rental, but still. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Waiting for an answer, waiting for things to open up, waiting to return to a semblance of normal. Waiting. Nobody likes waiting, but it’s definitely a part of our lives. So, what do we do while we wait?
We trust in the Lord.
We believe in His timing.
And, when we finally get our answer, we accept it. Whatever that may be.
This, reminds me of a story. Years ago, I was working for a different company, in a different town. I was having to commute every day to get to work, and here in South Dakota, that can be a challenge. The snow and the winter definitely make commutes more dangerous, even when they’re only 20 minutes. I thought my job was going really well, and I was loving it. So, my husband and I had decided that we would start looking to relocate to the small town, to eliminate my commute. We just-so-happened to know someone in that town, and she owned a house that she didn’t live in. Because she liked us so much, she was willing to sell us the house as a contract-to-deed. We started the process. My husband and I put together a down-payment. We started making arrangements and packing. We were going to get together with her 2 Fridays from now, and have lawyers go over the paperwork, sign, and give her the down payment. Small, exciting season of waiting. This was all decided on a Wednesday. That Friday (exactly 1 week before the lawyer meeting), I was pulled into the CEO’s office with a fellow employee, and we were both ripped from stem to stern. I had never experienced this before, and was rendered speechless. After the meeting, the other employee and I could only figure out that maybe they were trying to get him to quit because he was so expensive for insurance, but why I was there, we could not figure out. To this day, I cannot fathom what I did that so egregiously offended them as everything they discussed didn’t seem to be anything worthy of termination, let alone the eating-alive that I had received. Over the weekend, I decided I would leave the company. I proceeded to work there for 1 more week, until Friday – the day that we were supposed to meet with the lawyers and put a down-payment on a house, when our truck suffered a catastrophic failure. I was done. Apparently to me, I had my answer. This is not my road. And, within 2 weeks, I started working for the company I’m at now. And, I have shared with all of you, the winding journey to where I’ve gotten today. But, without that small season of waiting, I wouldn’t be here. Without giving God that time, who knows where I would be today. And, although, this is just one story of waiting, of course, I’ve had many, as I’m sure you have. But, it doesn’t seem to make waiting any easier.
But, that story, has made me more accepting of God’s answers while I wait. And, more aware, that you never know what’s going to happen while you’re waiting. Sometimes the waits are more important than the final answer. What you’re doing while your waiting can completely change the outcome of the situation. And, you never know, what God is doing behind the scenes. The story of Ester is a great example, and also the one we just read about in our Bible Study. While Ester was waiting for the second feast, that was the night that Xerxes couldn’t sleep and decided to read the chronicles of his kingdom and decided to honor Mordecai for saving his life. And Ester used that situation to her advantage in the plea for the lives of her people. But, if she hadn’t waited that one extra day… would the outcome have been the same? I mean, thank God, she did as it gave her people a fighting chance, but here everything was right at the edge of her grasp, and she decided to wait… just a little bit longer. To trust God, that now was not the moment. And, He used that time to give her the edge she needed to ensure her victory. (Ester 5:5- 7:10)
So, take heart and do not be discouraged in your season of waiting, for the Lord is good and wants to give you good things.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Psalm 27:13-14
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.Isaiah 30:18
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.2 Peter 3:9
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,Romans 5:3-4
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.Psalm 33:20-22
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.Micah 7:7
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.James 5:11
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You! Thank you for always taking the time to direct my path. To direct the paths of others. To work your blessings into my life. That in all our seasons of waiting, you are working. You never stop working your blessings into our lives. Thank you God for patience, perseverance, character, and hope. Thank you that you are watching over us Father. That you know how the pieces fit. That you bless us. That you guide our paths in the way we should go, that we may honor you. We just pray Father that we always see the glory in the wait. That we understand the blessings you may have for us, at the end or in the in-between of our waiting. That we are faithful servants to you Father, and that You may always give us the answers we need when we are waiting. Bless us Father, guide us in your ways, and thank you for also making us wait sometimes. As we grow stronger in You. Bless the words of our mouths, and the work of our hands, all day, every day. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!