In a fast paced culture it is extremely hard to wait for anything…we are the Instant Gratification Generation!
How many times have you said…if I could just have _______________ I would be happy. If I can just get past _______________________ I can rest and feel less stressed out. Fill in the blanks with your current stressor or struggle!
So did it happen? Are you now happy and less stressed out?
If you are anything like me, the answer is no.
Because there is always that next thing we have to get through! Deadlines, to-do lists, laundry…even preparing for vacation with a family is exhausting!
We live in a culture that is moving forward at such a rapid pace. It seems everyone around us has amazing things happening to them.
But what about me?
Do you find yourself asking that question? When will I meet the man of my dreams? When do I get to land my dream career? When will I have a baby?
These questions, though normal, do nothing but leave you unsatisfied and downright disgruntled with the life you are living right now. Your life; in the wait.
What does it mean to be in the wait?
For a young lady in college, it means that she is going to classes, day in and day out while she wants nothing more than to get out and actually start living the life she is studying for.
For a college graduate, it means that she sees the dream position she wants to hold, yet she is stuck on the bottom rung of the ladder.
For a wife, it may mean longing for the baby that will complete their family. It could even mean daily pushing fear and doubt from her mind that she may never have the baby her heart longs for.
What does it mean to you? What are you waiting on?
Psalm 39:7 says, “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is you.”
Have you ever asked God what it is He is trying to teach you in this time of waiting?
Have you felt at times you must be being punished because none of your hopes and dreams are coming true?
How many times have you thanked the Lord for the wait?
Have you ever thought to ask Him what you should be waiting on?
Did you know that our Heavenly Father always has your best interest in mind? Have you ever stopped to consider that this uncomfortable feeling in the very core of your being is a wonderful feeling to have. This feeling could be the very thing the Lord uses to move you in the direction He has for you.
You see, we were created to seek love, to desire companionship, to want more out of this life. Yet, where we get hung up is in seeking that satisfaction in anything but the Lord.
Psalm 37:4 perfectly describes this design, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” It doesn’t say, delight yourself in your career…or friends…or boyfriend. Now does it??
What does it say?? Read it again! “Delight yourself in the LORD (emphasis mine), and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
So today…while you are in the wait…Are you seeking contentment or are you seeking that next best thing?
You see, contentment in your season of waiting means you are free to enjoy, explore and soak up all that God has for you RIGHT NOW. It means that something better doesn’t have to happen for you to finally be happy.
You already are happy. You are delighting in Him.
If you can not honestly answer that you are delighting in the Lord, then it is time to analyze where you are with Him. Pray for Him to increase your desire to wait upon Him. Pray for Him to give you the desire to seek Him in every aspect of your life. Pray for Him to replace your delight for other things with only a heart passionately seeking Him.
I can promise you…those prayers will be answered and honored. He wants to lavish you with Himself. He wants to be your everything in this Season of Waiting.
His path for you is worth waiting for! I promise!
On my Reading List…
Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When Dreams Are Delayed – Betsy Childs Howard
Waiting on God: What To Do When God Does Nothing – Wayne Stiles
When God Writes Your Love Story – Eric and Leslie Ludy
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