by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Somewhere I read, Waiting well means staying peaceful in the present while looking forward to the future.
I think that’s a good way to look at waiting. Often when we wait, there isn’t much we can do to move the process along any faster. Have you noticed our wait is often dependent on other people?
We go to the doctor and wait. We can’t make the doctor move any faster.
We stand in the checkout line and wait. We can’t make the people in front of us or the cashier move any faster.
Our phone call is put on hold and we wait. We can’t make whomever we’re trying to contact take our call faster.
Our plane is delayed by weather, or whatever, and we wait. We certainly cannot control the weather to accommodate our plane departure.
During those times of waiting I’m learning the best thing really is to accept the wait, and not get all bothered by it.
Especially when I have no control over the situation.
I’m learning. I didn’t say I’ve mastered it. Not even close. Work in progress.
Perhaps we’re in a holding pattern waiting for God to move in a specific situation in our lives.
Maybe we or someone we know is in a situation that requires waiting on God before the next step can be taken. We’ve done everything we can do. Now we wait.
We wait on God because he’s the only one who can make the process move any faster.
And as we stay peaceful in the present, we look to the future with confidence God will act on our behalf.
It may not be in the way we expect.
Or even with the result we hoped for, but we can trust God is working while we wait, and the end result will be for our good and his glory.
Waiting is hard, wouldn’t you agree? Waiting well is even harder.
As we wait, let’s look around at all the good God has provided, and wait in expectation for the good yet to come.
How do you stay peaceful in the present while you wait with expectation?
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Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. Psalm 62:5 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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