Waiting is probably the most difficult thing for me. When an idea comes in my head, I can already see it to completion. It’s sometimes difficult for me to realize the time and effort that is required to get to the end result! I will sketch out an image on paper and expect Sammy to magically get it done by the weekend, but he lovingly explains everything that has to happen and it may take weeks, but it turns out to be so much better than it would have been if the process would have been rushed.

Sammy balances me out in this area and has proven to be the patient one in our relationship over the years. He, too, sees the final outcome, but also realizes the work and detail that has to go into making it right. If I were in charge, whatever it is that I’m attempting to do, would no doubt get done, but it most likely would involve errors and sloppiness.

Most often, the things we have to wait on are well worth the wait…….having a baby, waiting for a garden harvest, allowing treatments to attack an illness, working on that college degree or saving money for that down payment on a first home!

Waiting creates many emotions. In my case, often it’s impatience since I’m bent to want things so quickly. My anxious heart takes hold, and is only quieted sometimes by my husband’s rational perspective or God’s comforting embrace assuring me that He’s with me in the waiting.

Waiting can also create in us a discipline of trust. If it’s something material, like finishing a driveway (our current situation), then it’s trusting in the process and in the workers doing the job. Yet, if it’s a spiritual matter, waiting can be a time of resting in God’s timing and realizing that He is in control. I’m reminded often that God sees the entire picture, when we only see a portion.

Not only do scripture tell us to wait and trust, but it also tells us to be strong in the waiting.

Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Isaiah 40:31 “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.”

In the rush of things, we would most likely not have time for God, but it’s in the waiting that we can quiet our souls and look to Him for strength and courage as we wait. God can teach us in those waiting times if we allow him to enter into our rushed lives and be that calm voice of reason that we so desperately need.

So as I wait, I pray that my complaints and impatience will be minimal and my trust in God would be paramount. If waiting on God sharpens and increases my faith, then I welcome the waiting.

Colossians 1:11 “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…”


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