Waiting Is…As Slow As Christmas


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December is that time of year when the phrase “as slow as Christmas” seems to take the most meaning. Chances are, you’ve been waiting on something for much longer. We all have dreams. A familiar verse comes to mind when I think about waiting, but it is one that has always frustrated me.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NKJV

It’s always bothered me. Why does it leave you feeling hopeless after reading it? It shouldn’t since it’s God’s Word, after all. Or there should be verses following explaining the hidden keys to help endure the stupid waiting. But it doesn’t seem that way.

I used to read that verse frequently thinking I was supposed to be…what? miserable?..until the desire came. THEN, I would feel all better. If only this circumstance would change, or if only that would take place somehow, my desire will also come about!

But that was a trust in circumstances.

People close to me had always said, you must be patient and wait! That’s all fine and good, folks, but I wanted to be more proactive than that. I sought God for the key. What would help endure this stupid waiting?

The time frame that we’re enveloped in between the hope being deferred and the desire coming is a critical point of preparation. God does not want us to focus on our desire (or the lack of it), but on our own development. This responsibility is necessary on every level, both spiritually and in the natural.

When I see the phrase, “tree of life” in the verse above I usually think of Psalm 1:3, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” God wants us to be a healthy “tree” producing healthy “fruit” because people are going to “eat” from your fruit.

What helps endure the waiting? Allowing God to be the husbandman of your “tree.” Allow Him to cut out areas of dead, rotting fruit, even roots, and replace them with His righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. If we ignore this precious time of preparation, we can cause the fulfillment of our desire to be delayed.

God has placed those desires inside you. Just as Christmas Day always finally rolls around, your desire will come! In the meantime it’s time to get those gifts ready!

I want to know: What dreams are you waiting on and how are you preparing?

14 thoughts on “Waiting Is…As Slow As Christmas

  1. Waiting is as slow as Christmas? That really drives home the point! I remember as a kid being anxious for Christmas day to arrive. Curiosity got the best of me one year and i actually peeked at my presents. I was crushed after that. Christmas came and it was no surprise. I only felt guilt.

    That small event as a child changed my whole perspective on waiting for things. I now enjoy the journey. I have achieved a lot of goals, but really, the road to the goal was the most fulfilling part. Once the goal, is reached, life goes on. It’s like “what now”?

    Regarding my dreams, I am discipling myself in the area of my call and seeking God’s will on timing. If we try to possess too early, it is like a 6 year old getting his drivers license. He isn’t ready and will fail miserably. If we wait too late, the i fear someone else may take OUR crown (Rev 3:11).

    God bless! Keep it up!

    • I’m glad to hear that you enjoy the preparation time. Most people are just complaining instead of trying to do something to move forward. God will bless your faithfulness! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • I am waiting on a job. I’ve been out of work for 8 months now and have been patiently waiting. Lately, however, i’ve been getting ansty about the whole situation. Getting depressed, drinking to much, thinking of ways i can lie on my resume to make it look better instead of just relying on God in his time to get me a job.

      • I’m sorry to hear that; I will be praying for you. It’s definitely a rough situation to be in. As you trust in God’s promises for you (Psalm 37:25; Phil. 4:19) it will strengthen you (1 Pet. 5:7 -10). I hope that you will rely on Him without wavering. This too shall pass. I will pray that God gives you profitable ideas to make an honest buck in the meantime.

  2. Thanks Kelly! This hit exactly where I am right now- being content in my time of preparation- a time of learning more about what it is to be a true worshipper of God. I keep telling myself that once God feels like I’ve learned all that I need to learn, He will guide me to the next phase in my life. Thanks for the reminder to focus not on my desire but on my development!

    • When I feel stuck spiritually I find myself praying, Lord let me learn whatever it is you want me to learn so I can move forward. Other than that I look at natural preparations. Like music, for example. My husband told me I steadily learned on the keyboard for years, but then I plateaued. So he bought me a DVD to learn more. He said breaking past the plateau will help my songwriting expand. I can’t wait to dig into it. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia. 🙂

  3. I know God directed me to your blog. Actually i was writing on my journal about waiting. Then God whispered to me the Psalm 37:4, im not quite sure how will i delight myself in the Lord, so i googled and found the answer in your blog. I knew right there and then that it was God explaining things to me. I was so amazed by His answers through your blog, so i kept on reading. I’ve been asking God if the desire in my heart is really from Him. And then i read this post. Just another revelation! Im still in awe that i bookmarked your page. 🙂 I thank God for your wisdom.

    Anyway, it is December 9,2014 when i cried my heart out writing in my journal about waiting season. It was just so amazing that this entry was posted exactly 4 years ago, December 9, 2010. To God all the praise and glory. 🙂

  4. God had been very faithful to me right from childhood. He was lovely and merciful. As a fatherless child I had the habit of praying to God to supply my needs. After praying, I will go out for it and have it before I come back home. But I was full of myself, arrogant and selfish. By the grace of God I was able to get finished school up to master degree level. For 5years after My first degree I was unable to get a Job. But God has been helping me on other aspects. I always have the thought that I need to develop myself spiritually for what God is going to entrust into my hands so I wouldn’t misuse it. God own everything and everything is created for himself and not for our glory or selfishness. I read that advised one to pray that God should prepare or disciple one heart for the glory He is going to revealed or else when it comes, it might be misused and then given to another to use well. So I prayed. thank you for remanding me to focus on How to develop myself in the Almighty hand of God. I was not only prompted to started praying because of your write up alone but I was helped by God through the words of the commenters . I will bookmark this site for good

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