Learning to Wait Well


Have you ever had a season of waiting that felt like a barren wilderness? It’s like a never-ending drought, and it seems that God has forsaken you. I think most people go through this type of season at some point, whether it’s waiting for a job offer, waiting for a spouse, waiting for a child, or something else. Waiting is hard. It goes against our impatient fleshly nature, that wants what it wants, right now. There’s a longing and an ache, a quiet desperation that says, ‘How long, oh Lord?’ This question may be voiced aloud, whispered in the soul or sobbed on your knees. Yet it is in this season that the soul is tested. It is only in the testing that the real motives and idols of the heart come to the surface, able to be pruned and sifted by its loving Creator. It is in this time that distractions may be gently pried away and lifted out of hands, and eyes may be lifted up once more to their rightful King. Waiting is good. It is hard, painful, and lonely, but it is good. Why? Because it’s biblical. Abraham and Sarah waited until their old age for Isaac, who in turn prayed for twenty years for a child. Hannah waited for Samuel, Simeon waited his whole life for the Messiah, and we now wait for His return.

It isn’t a question of how long we wait, or even if we receive what we are waiting for, but the important thing is where we turn in our waiting. Are we clinging to the Lord in the midst of it? Is it driving us to Him? We must remember His character, for He is always good. He is absolutely Sovereign; for do you not believe that He could end your waiting in an instant if He chose? But if he does not, there must be a reason for it. Our role must be to submit with joy, and to praise Him in our waiting. He is worthy of our lives, even if we never see that which we long for. For one day, we shall see Him face to face, and it will all be worth it. Is that not what our souls truly long for? Keep a heavenly perspective, dear one, for the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some count slowness, for with the Lord a day is like a thousand years (2 Pet 3:8).

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

Elisabeth Elliot

I remain confident of this:

   I will see the goodness of the Lord

   in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

   be strong and take heart

   and wait for the Lord.

Ps 27:13-14

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