When push comes to shove, a lot of our life is spent waiting. Waiting for the next step. Waiting for the next breakthrough. Waiting for answers.
Waiting isn’t the easiest action. In fact, it seems like the opposite of action; we feel helpless and out of control. We want God to intervene in our situation–the sooner the better. I know my deepest desire is to depend on something–someone–greater than myself; yet, when I am put in the situation of having to wait, I long to have control over the situation.
My earliest experience with having to wait was when I ordered my first CD online. I wanted that Scott Krippayne CD so badly. My 3rd grade self could not process the idea that shipping took multiple days, and I had to wait on UPS to do their job so I could listen to my new tunes. I checked the mail frequently to no avail. Yet, after those 5-7 business days, my package came. I appreciated my CD all the more because it had taken time to arrive.
Flash forward to today, I deal with waiting–but on a greater scale. The past few months I’ve been waiting for God to give me insight about what He wants for my future. I’ve been exploring the options, applying to schools, and praying about what God has for me. With just a few months left until I have to make my final decision about a college, I know that as I keep waiting for God to show me, waiting is required of me. I’ve come to the point in my life where I really want God’s will, whatever that takes. I know my own plans will not serve to satisfy either myself or the Kingdom of God in the way His plan will. Therefore, I choose to wait for God to open doors for me to show me where He wants me.
It’s in these periods of waiting where worship and serving God really make the difference. If we can worship God while we’re waiting, we show Him that we will follow Him no matter what His plan, no matter what the cost.
I’m reminded of a Bible verse I’ve heard since I was a young child:
“But those who wait on 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.”