Life is full of moments where we are waiting in anticipation for something. Whether we are waiting for an appointment, our heart’s desires to be manifested, or simply in the checkout line at the grocery store. It can often be difficult to wait patiently as we live in a society that values instant gratification over the harvest from a good set of seeds that were planted and came into full bloom. But if we are to develop good character and be truly fruitful when we reach the point or place we are waiting on our attitude and disposition in the waiting room, is just as important as our attitude at the point our number is finally called or we receive what we’ve been praying, waiting for, and anticipating. If we wait for our circumstances to be ideal to walk in the fruits of the Spirit, are we truly living by faith or being led by our feelings?
I am a believer that gratitude and a good disposition attract beautiful experiences, energy, and blessings that God desires for our life, which are vital to our growth. Negativity and entitlement leave us wound up, bent out of shape, and just restless in the process of waiting and are sent as spiritual attacks to defeat you in the process of waiting. I believe that these attacks are sent to create despair, desperation, frustration, a sense of hopelessness, and in general attacks to derail you from your purpose and from walking in the full promises of God.
I get it, you want it now! You don’t want to wait. You’re frustrated, you’re over it, and you just want what you want without having to keep looking at the clock , trying to figure out when it will happen and how it will happen. I’ve been there myself and have some things that I’m like “Alright God, any day now”. But then the Holy Spirit checks me real quick like “Your life and my plans for it are greater than the time lines you set up for me and what you feel like you need. Continue to trust me and don’t rush ahead of me”.
You see what I am coming to realize as I continue waiting for the manifestation of some things I desire is that God is concerned with my character as he prepares me for my destiny and purpose. My spirit needs to be yielded to however God chooses to move no matter what that may or may not look like because it’s trusting God and not trying to force his hand but allowing everything to flow beautifully as he intended. He never intended for me to be anxious and for my focus to be on those temporal things but totally dedicated to Him and doing HIS WILL in my life.
So when I feel my emotions going off the rails or I am tempted to be impatient with the process I am comforted by the following scriptures:
Psalm 84:11 NLT
For the Lord God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
Lamentations 3:25 KJV
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Psalm 37:7 KJV
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Hebrews 10:36 KJV
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Philippians 1:6 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath began a good work in you will perform until the day of Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 13:12 KJV
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life.
Romans 8:25 NLT
But if we look forward to something we do not yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.
Just a few but there are so many more jewels that help me get back on track when I am hanging on to waiting by a thread.
God is never going to forsake or fail us. He’s with us even in the waiting with tears streaming down our faces, frustration pangs in our hearts, very near to giving up. He’s there. Waiting for us to release and LET GO and allow his beautiful masterpiece to be weaved. Let’s commit our deadlines, our desire to control, and our impatient spirits to our loving Father and find true rest and the beauty of being about his business working willingly and being productive and joyfully full of hope despite the wait.
Be encouraged and don’t give up. The wait may be frustrating but God never disappoints and he always exceeds expectations no matter how long the wait for the PROMISE, for he already fulfilled the greatest promise through HIS SON. I can’t tell you when it will be over BUT I CAN guarantee you it will be WORTH IT!