I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do, I hope. (Psalm 130:5)
This past week, I noticed that fall decorations have been placed at the entrance to our neighborhood. As you drive in, you pass scarecrows and fall wreaths adorned with orange and yellow flowers. The colors of fall are in full display. Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have released their fall drinks and pastries. Pumpkin spice lattes have become an incredibly popular drink this time of year. Home decor stores have had their fall displays in place for the past couple of months, and Christmas is now on display. (Cracker Barrell is already beginning to decorate for Christmas.)
Of course, fall isn’t here yet. As I noticed the decorations, the outside temperature gauge on my car read eighty-nine degrees. The leaves on the trees are still green. The forecast calls for “unseasonably warm” temperatures for the next week or so. Fall doesn’t officially arrive until Monday, September 23 rd . It’s not even supposed to be fall, but many of us can’t wait. Fall decorations are up. We are looking forward to football, bonfires, hayrides, crisp cool nights and mornings and hot apple cider. We want fall now! (Some of my friends on Facebook have skipped fall and have already put up their Christmas trees!)
We live in a “right now” society. But God doesn’t work on our time schedule. Instead, His timing is perfect, and He will move in our lives when He is ready, and we are prepared for Him to work. This means, often, that we have to wait. Even when it doesn’t make sense to us, we still have to wait upon Him. Waiting is going to be a part of your story, if you decide to follow God.
Waiting is an essential part of life for the Christian. Every significant man or woman whose story is recorded in Scripture endured a period of waiting. Abraham had to wait decades to have a promised son with Sarah. Moses wandered in the wilderness for forty years and still didn’t enter the Promised Land. Ruth had to wait to meet Boaz and feel God’s providence and protection. Even Jesus had to wait close to thirty years before he began his ministry. Waiting is an expectation for the woman or man of God.
Our waiting is not in vain. Even if we don’t receive the desire of our heart for which we have waited, God is still working in us. He is working by building our faith in the struggle. He is working in growing our patience and reliance upon Him. He is working by bringing other disciples to us who pray with and for us and sit and wait with us. He is working in strengthening us, refining us and shaping us to look more like Him, He does some of his best “soul work” while we are waiting.
So, if you’re waiting, you are not alone. You come from a great lineage of people who have waited for God. Keep waiting. Keep praying. Keep watching for God to act. You will be blessed by the waiting and God will be glorified in your story. The waiting for God is always worth it.