Delay is like the narrow neck of the hourglass. It’s an inevitable part of life. Instead of allowing disappointment to drag you down, there are ways to be productive while waiting. They are the smart response when there’s delay.

The Smart Response When There’s Delay

Are you waiting for something?

They say the anticipation leading up to an event can be more exciting than the actual event. That excitement is like the height of a mountain. And then sometimes delay spoils what you are looking forward to. And disappointment drags you down.

Maybe that’s why the dip of discouragement feels like such a low. It feels like the opposite of that mountain high.

Some people start whining to God when their desire is detained. I never do that.

Nope. Never!


Okay, okay! I admit; I do complain sometimes.

Being content is difficult. Paul said in Philippians 4:11 that he’s learned to be content no matter what situation he’s in, but that verse and I don’t seem to be getting along lately. I’m working on it.

I see others getting their chance and I want a green light, too. My heart will begin to whine, I just want—and I’ll try to stop myself right there and correct where that was going.

Complaining is a hindrance. Just ask those wilderness-wandering Israelites.

So I say be smart and keep moving forward when life impedes your goals.

How is one supposed to keep moving forward when there’s delay?

One night the Holy Spirit answered that exact question. Here’s what I learned:

4 Ways to Be Productive while Waiting  


1. Worship through it. I love the phrase “pour out your heart” from Psalm 62:8 (see below). That means you can be real with God. He knows how you’re feeling anyway. He is a safe place—a refuge, just like the verse says:

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:8, ESV

Put on some worship music and let your emotions splash into God’s lap. Cry it out! Crying releases what is pent up inside. Lay your disappointments at His feet in surrender. Then after you’ve poured out your heart, and you’re feeling empty, start worshipping Him because He is your king. Because you love Him. He will not leave you disappointed! He brings peace and encouragement in place of disappointment.

2. Ask questions. “Why is this happening to me?” “Why can’t I just have _____?” “Why does it seem like I’m the only one who isn’t getting to ____?” I hear myself asking these “why me?” type questions, and I realize they’re not the right kind to be asking! See, a major key to waiting is preparation. Instead, ask “What do you want me to specifically do to prepare?” Asking God for directions will channel your energy to having a proactive focus. Ask Him for wisdom (James 1:5) and more discernment. You need wisdom and direction in areas that will help you to prepare for whatever you’re waiting for.

3. Invest your time in preparation. One of God’s promises is found in Matthew 7:7 (ESV), “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” God doesn’t leave us wondering; when we spend time seeking Him, He gives directions. Even if it’s one detail at a time, He comes through on His promise. Now do what He lays on your heart both practically and spiritually. Think of Noah’s call to build the ark. God gave him many directions about how to build the ark, about the animals, and about food for the people and animals. It took many years putting everything into place. Embrace the vicissitudes of the season. The time isn’t wasted. You are simply preparing for what’s ahead.

4. Trust God. I know this is easier said than done so I give you permission to talk to yourself. Yep! Tell yourself you trust God. Out loud. Go ahead, say it. It makes a difference. You are telling your heart what is true, and you are also letting God be in control. There is power in words. Pray some verses that remind you to trust Him. It makes the trusting easier. You can trust Him because He’s holding your life in His hands. “The course of my life is in Your power.” Psalm 31:15a HCSB That’s good to know!

Delay is like the bottleneck of the hourglass. It’s an inevitable part of life. Instead of allowing disappointment to drag you down, there are ways to be productive while waiting. They are the smart response when there’s delay.

Notice these four actions spell an acrostic for the word wait:

W…worship through it

A…ask questions

I…invest your time in preparation

T…trust God

They are a wonderful way to take action while waiting.

Delay is like the narrow neck of an hourglass. It’s an inevitable part of life.

But there is beauty in waiting; God intends this period to be an encouragement to us.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Psalm 27:14, ESV

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Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

I’m thrilled to have Horace Williams, Jr. from Pleasing to the Potter on the blog today. He’s an encourager and one who is anchored in God’s Word. I think you’ll enjoy this!


What a discouraging word this can be. No one wants to ever feel helpless.

Think back to those times where you have experienced that feeling.

Did you well up with tears and cry your eyes out? Maybe you picked up the phone and called a close friend, or searched the refrigerator for your favorite ice cream?

Remember this my friend, you have access to God’s amazing power via prayer. 

It is hard at times to admit you need help or confirm you have a weakness. Maybe you feel helpless when it comes to dealing with a difficult family member, a financial crisis that springs up out of the blue or even the tragic loss of a loved one. It is in these moments of intense struggle that you must plug into your Savior, Jesus Christ. Get down on your knees and tell God what is on your heart. There is nothing to fear or worry about when you put your trust in Him.  Continue reading

KellyRBaker | When You Want to Hear from God but...Crickets | What do you do when you have done everything you know to do, but you are still getting silence from God? Here are 3 actions to take while waiting.

When You Want to Hear from God, but…Crickets

Don’t we love it when God gives clear direction straight into our spirit? Generally speaking, He doesn’t always do that! One day I longed to hear from God.

I worshipped.


I prayed. I asked. I went to battle with the Word.

More silence.

I waited.

Again, exasperating silence.

A Psalm of David. I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Psalm 28:1 NLT

This particular translation of this verse makes me chuckle. I’m sure there is a more productive solution than self-pity. 😉 But, what do we do when He says nothing? Why does He say, “Wait”?

We all desire to hear His voice clearly, and when we haven’t we wonder what are the possible reasons. It’s not easy to be at peace with His temporary silence, but we can be sure He has a purpose in it.

3 Actions While Waiting on God’s Answer 

1. Spend time with God daily. Could it be that He wants to fill our hunger and thirst? He desires that we know Him more and more through His Word. When we study the Bible, we begin to know God’s character. I’ve thought of someone in the midst of a situation and said, “I already know what that person would say!” When we know someone well, we can easily hear that person’s voice playing in our head. When we regularly spend time with God, it becomes easier to “know” what He would say in those times when we feel He is silent. We can then more readily relate His Word to our circumstances.

2. Consent to character development. There may be times when we open our Bible while seeking Him for specific direction, and the Holy Spirit will illuminate the words we’re reading. Suddenly, there is an answer staring us in the face, maybe even from an entirely different angle. He might be telling us we need to make an adjustment. It might not have been the answer we thought we needed, but the one He knows we need. He often gives us what we don’t expect, but it’s still an answer. To the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet (Proverbs 27:7b KJV).

KellyRBaker | When You Want to Hear from God but...Crickets | What do you do when you have done everything you know to do, but you are still getting silence from God? Here are 3 actions to take while waiting.3. Trust Him. God is getting every detail in place. Have you ever looked at the perfect way gears lock together and turn when they fit properly? When we wait for His timing we see Him properly align every specific, necessary facet. Sometimes we think we are stuck, but if we could take a step back and see His viewpoint we would see the big picture. We aren’t all clock makers. He is working on our big picture. He’s got it covered.

Through His seeming silence, God might be saying, “Come and know Me more,” or “An adjustment needs to be made.” At other times, He may be wanting us to let go of the stress and trust Him. He will fulfill His promises. Let’s not allow doubt to be a hindrance. A prayer of doubt will nullify a prayer of faith.

What are other reasons God may be silent, or say, “Wait”?

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