Why God Loves the Word Wait

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We’ve all experienced the frustration of waiting. Waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Waiting through airport security. Waiting for service in a restaurant.

Waiting to hear, “You’ve got the job!” Waiting for wedding bells. Waiting for test results. Waiting to be reconciled with a loved one.

And we despise it. In our modern culture of instant everything—same day shipping, streaming movies, online banking, microwaveable meals—we are accustomed to getting everything we want now. So when our lives are put
in a holding pattern, we complain and grumble and do anything we can to get things moving again.

But what if the waiting rooms of life are actually God’s best classrooms? What if the Holy Spirit changes us through the uncomfortable delays of life? What if, in the waiting, the Lord draws us near and imparts lessons we could miss when our lives are flying at the speed of a Boeing 777?

That’s the question I asked myself. Even though I think wait is a four-letter word that should never be used, God seems to love it. Throughout history, God has asked His people to wait. Sarah waited ninety years to become a mother. Joseph waited years in an Egyptian prison. The nation of Israel waited for centuries to freed from slavery.

To make sense of all this waiting, I decided to study the lives of a few of these God followers who waited. I chose eight biblical ladies-in-waiting, if you will. These were women who yearned for babies. Women who ached for healing. Women who waited for guidance. Women like you and me.

I wanted to find out how God wants us to handle seasons of delay. If we can’t have what we want when we want it, what are we to do while we’re waiting? As Christians, we know God’s promise of a happy ending through Christ. But what are we supposed to do in between heartache and heaven? Tap our toes? Watch the clock? Pace the carpet of hope until it’s worn thin?

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The stories of these ladies-in-waiting showed me that there is a better way to wait. A way to wait well.

Their lives taught me about trust and surrender when life feels suspended. They demonstrated how to handle the daily-ness of waiting and showed me actions I can take even when it seems there is nothing I can do. I found that a pause in our plotline doesn’t mean the end of my story and that all waiting has a purpose.

After I discovered these hopeful truths about waiting, I wanted to share them with you. So I wrote a book called Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and Trust. Throughout the book, I share some of my own waiting stories. I’m sure you have your own accounts of delay and disappointment too. Although our stories may differ, we will see that God is present in every tale. He gives us His Word to encourage us when it feels like He’s nowhere to be found. He promises His nearness when it seems our prayers are not heard. And by the power of God the Holy Spirit through our Baptism, we have faith to trust in His timing and provision.

Although we may detest waiting and struggle greatly with it, ultimately we find that it has the power to draw us to Jesus. One of the best places to meet God is in the in-between.

Next step: Are you waiting? Thank God that He is present with you as you wait. Ask Him to give you hope in the truth that the waiting rooms of life are often God’s best classrooms.

This post is an excerpt from my new book Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust.

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Check it out! The book studies the lives of:

  • Sarah
  • Hannah
  • The Widow of Zarapheth
  • Esther
  • Anna
  • The Woman with a 12-year Hemorrhage
  • Martha
  • Ten Virgins

Through their examples, we find hope for the delays in our lives. We learn how to wait well.

 

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