The Beauty in Waiting
Would you believe me if I told you there is beauty in waiting? Receive hope and learn what God says about why there is beauty in waiting.
Are you waiting on something? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who isn’t waiting on something. Have you?
I know we don’t like to think about how God is changing us sometimes because it means we’re having to deny what our flesh wants, but think back to a time when you had to wait. (Not what you’re waiting on now but a previous time.)
Did God make changes in your heart, thoughts, habits, or lifestyle during that time? Do you think if you got what you were waiting for right away that things would have worked out the same?
The other day my son was wanting something and said he didn’t want to have to wait years to get it. I understand that. Waiting is not exactly on the fun list. But this is what I told him:
Often we look at a period of waiting as a time to only be patient and cast down frustrations (“But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” Romans 8:25 NKJV). When instead, we could actually dig a little deeper into how God intends the season to be a wonderful encouragement to us.
God’s Time Table
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 37:7 NASB
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.
But 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.
Let’s just say God’s used that setup to teach me to keep pace with Him!
What Does It Mean to Sojourn?
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 your upcoming season.
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 for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 ESV
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. Isaiah 40:31 ESV
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.
What Is The Beauty in Waiting?
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.
That’s what’s beautiful: becoming more like Jesus.
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 on? Do you see any beauty in waiting?
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This is so insightful and encouraging my friend! I really appreciated it.
Love this post. Really…it was exactly what I needed to read tonight. Thank you for writing so beautifully and truthfully.
You bless my heart! Praying for ya!
Oh, my gosh! What a great word. …”to renew your strength for the next season you will be going into”… is just where I am but I never thought of it as renewing my strength. I feel like a little frog leaping from one place to another as from all of the 9 places I have lived since 2003. But each place I have lived, I am learning and resting … The Lord called me to rest in him in about 2000 or so, and each place I lived, I either learned how to get along with who I lived with, or they gave me bits and pieces of learning. Each piece of learning has been like a puzzle. I have been rebuked and corrected at times, but my learning has been for the Lord’s perfection. “to become fresh and strong again”. Thanks. I love your daily word.
So glad you are learning and resting. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for this Word from the Lord. Not only was it timely but it was refreshing to my soul and peace for my mind.
So blessed to hear it! I love how God works things out for His timing. 🙂
Thanks, Kelly. You pegged me.
I’m in a waiting time that is strange and painful for me, yet forces me to stay put until God moves me. It reminds me of when we have to slow our own kids down…they want to run ahead of us in the mall, or the amusement park, or our teenagers want to act like they’re adults =)….we have to stop our kids and say – WAIT for me to direct you to the next step, the next ride, the next stage of your life.
Right now, it hurts. But I am believing that there is joy around the corner, and God is preparing me for it while I wait.
Yes, waiting can be painful. I hate it, actually. Let’s just be honest. 😉 That scripture on being content no matter the state you’re in and I just haven’t been getting along lately. But I’m realizing that contentment is even part of the preparation. God doesn’t leave anything out, does He? Love your analogy. Thanks for sharing.
Sounds wonderful. I couldn’t find the “time secures breath” anywhere. Where is the source for that?
I went to the ancient Hebrew and translated it. The Hebrew word for wait/hope [some translations say “wait” while others say “hope”] is qawa, or Hey-Waw-Quph (I got that from my Strong’s Concordance). Translating the ancient Hebrew right to left means “Time Secures Breath.” Every Hebrew letter carries much weight and take on very deep meanings when putting Hebrew letters together.
I love word studies, especially coming from ancient Hebrew. If you want to do a little digging, I normally use ancient-hebrew.org as a word study reference.
Did that clarify better?
Yes, thank you. And thanks for sharing that resource.
Great devotion! Waiting is so hard, but it is so worth it.
Thank you, Kathy. Waiting is worth it…going to remember that.
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