When it’s Hard to Wait

Read it! Psalm 33

We wait in hope for the Lord, He is our strength and our shield.

In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust His holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.

(vs 20-22)

Think it through

When you’re a kid, it’s hard to wait. To wait for dinner, to wait in line, or to wait for Christmas.

When you’re an adult, it’s harder to wait. To wait to make that purchase. To wait for that call from the doctor’s office. To wait for dreams to come true and hopes to be fulfilled.

The Lord brought me Psalm 33:20-22 when I was waiting to see if I would find a literary agent or publisher for Organizing You. It was a long year. I waivered between being sure God would lead me to a published book and being sure I’d wasted two years of my life writing something that would never see the light of day.

When I found myself wondering if my hopes were going to be fulfilled, Psalm 33 reminded me that they already are:

My hope is in the Lord, and my heart rejoices in Him.

I trust His holy name.

His unfailing love is with me, even as I put my hope in Him.

Even as I wait.

Life is sweet, even as I wait.

 

Live it like you mean it

What are you waiting for? A blessing? An answer? A direction? How can you use this as a time to lean on God?

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“Use the time to grow closer to God. And Trust Him. He knows what he’s doing. (Even when we don’t. What a relief!)”

 

When we wait, we grow reliant upon our Father. And each day of waiting, we have a choice: to fret or to rejoice.

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“Every day you have a choice…Choose Joy! ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ –I Thessalonians 5:16-18”

 

What is God calling you to do with your waiting time? Surrender worry? Spend more time with Him? Rejoice in your blessings? How can you take the first step on that path?

Right now I’m waiting for some physical healing, and it’s going s-l-o-w-l-y. I’ve found myself pushing the boundaries of what I should be doing, in a hurry to get “back to normal.” Instead, I’m choosing to use this forced “quiet time” to talk with Jesus, to slow my heart and my pace in life, and try to walk His path for me at more of a stroll.

 

Lift it up

Jesus, I’m so sorry for the times that I’ve been impatient for Your timing. My get-it-done spirit wants everything tied up in a neat little bow all of the time, and I know that’s not how life works. It’s not how You work. Your timing is perfect and my times of waiting bring reliance on you. Please help me to wait for Your will and timing with trust and joy, always. I love you, Amen

 

Tell Me About It

What are you going to do with your time of waiting?

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