Often we look at a period of waiting as a time to only be patient and cast down frustrations (Romans 8:25), when we could actually dig a little deeper into how God intends the season to be a wonderful encouragement to us.
There is safety in waiting. We can know that we aren’t getting ahead of God, but are keeping pace with Him. Instead of fretting we can actually enjoy the time of delay, but only if we are resting in Him.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7a. NKJV
Sometimes when we are seeking God for what to do next, He leads us to just wait. God is God, and He is wise. He moves on His time table. He moves on His schedule. Even though we hear this frequently, waiting can be a difficult thing to do. It drives me crazy sometimes. God often teams you up with someone that will help balance you out. My husband, Justin, tends to be more cautious about beginning something new or moving to the next step. I usually wanted to have already been on step two yesterday.
The good thing about a season of waiting, though, is that it’s usually temporary.
God’s planning includes even desires coming about in their due season (Psalm 104:27). According to Webster’s New American Dictionary, sojourn means to dwell in a place temporarily. If you ever find yourself in a place where God is requiring you to sojourn on your journey with Him, then know that God has ordained this time for you to renew your strength for the next season you will be going into. The tarrying has a purpose to cause you to become fresh and strong again, even if we don’t feel weak. God knows where we are headed and what is going to happen to us and from that foresight He ordains a time of waiting.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14 NKJV
But those who wait on 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 NKJV
Sometimes we aren’t seeking God for what to do next, because we are just waiting on what we already know is God’s will to come to fruition. Many times when we are in a holding pattern, it’s for good reason. God usually has something for us to learn. It might be more than one thing. He will take the opportunity of our circumstance to do a work in us or impart a truth in us if we are yielded to Him. The season of waiting is a time of preparation. That’s when we can fall back into His rest and know that it’s a beautiful thing.
What are you waiting for?