I sat there at a red light…waiting. Usually, it doesn’t take too long for this particular light to turn green and give me the arrow to turn left, but this day was an exception. I just sat there waiting and the line of cars behind me was getting long. Finally, impatience set in for some the cars behind me. They started pulling out of the line and trying a different direction. There was one that started honking at me to go. I was getting a little frustrated. My kids make fun of me when I get frustrated when I drive, because I start yelling at other cars. My kids will say, “Mom, you know they can’t hear you.” Yes, I know but it makes me feel better! Finally, after sitting there for what seemed like forever, I got a green arrow and continued my drive home.
We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting. On an average, we spend 45 to 62 minutes waiting everyday. In a lifetime, we spend 6 months waiting in line and 20 weeks waiting on hold. That’s just crazy to think about! No wonder we don’t have much patience when we are waiting. It seems like we are doing it all the time!
I am not much better at waiting on God. How many time are we expecting God to show up in a situation and you feel like “anytime now”? Do you “honk” your horn at God to go? One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This verse has given me hope in those times of uncertainty, but I admit- there are times that I pray that God would just get on with whatever He has planned for me. I become impatient and want it now. A lot of times we are so impatient that we try to do it our way and it just doesn’t turn out. That isn’t how God works. His timing is a bit different than our timing. He wants us to lean on Him and do it His way because it is the only way that will bring glory to Him.
There is example after example of waiting in God’s Word. In fact, the word wait or waiting is mentioned 106 times in scripture. The Bible is full of stories of people having to wait on God, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David and countless others. And some of them didn’t always handle it the best way, but they remained faithful to what God promised and in Hebrews 11, they were commended for the faith. We can say that we have faith in God or trust in His ways, but to have faith in God includes having faith in His timing.
For the past year, I have been living in His time. A lot of things have changed in my life and I wanted to make sure that I took the time to heal and be at the feet of Jesus – reconnecting with Him and listening to His plan for my life. It has truly been a blessing and there have been days where I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere, but I know that God has truly strengthened me in ways that only He can. Isaiah 40:31a says, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…” There is nothing more true than that in my life right now.
Are you waiting on God? Don’t give up! God has more in store for you than you could ever imagine! Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”. There are two words in that scripture that I want you to really remember, “take heart.” What does it mean to take heart? It means to be encouraged, to have hope, to be bold and confident, to not give up. Don’t give up on God! God has perfect timing- never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith but it’s worth the wait.