What are you waiting for?
We’re all waiting for something.
Are you waiting for snow? For sun? For someone else to wash the dishes in the sink? (yes!) For your hair to dry? For your meal to finish cooking? For a red light to change? (If so, you should not be reading this blog, put down your phone and drive.)
Are you waiting for a spouse? A child? A job? A raise? A decision? An answer? Healing? A season to pass? Your child to grow up? Your child to move out? Your spouse to change? To be reunited with someone you love? For reconciliation? For closure?
Are you waiting for God to give you the “okay?” For Him to speak? For Him to act? For Him to give you any indication that He is actually listening to your broken-hearted prayers?
Take a moment and think about this…what are you waiting for?
(Go ahead, I’ll wait….)
We live our lives waiting for decisions and answers and the next “thing” to happen. We live our lives wanting and waiting. And oftentimes (who am I kidding, nearly always) waiting seems like a terrible plan. So we question God’s motives. “Why isn’t He answering?” “Doesn’t He love me?” “Surely, if He were good, He would have moved on my behalf by now.”
We just want the “__________” so badly. (Fill in the blank with whatever it is you are waiting for.) Sometimes we want it so badly it hurts. We long for the “whatever” so intensely, we literally ache. Our hearts ache. Our minds ache. Our bodies ache.
We want the “________” more than we want God. (Pause. Read that again.)
Friends, God is always better. God is better than the job. God is better than healing. God is better than having all the answers and knowing the whole plan. God is just better.
And guess what?
We have Him.
We just don’t grasp how wonderful this really is. If we did, we would live peace-filled lives. Our lives would not be characterized by the waiting (and the fretting) but by the peace in knowing that we already have the best…we have Immanuel. We have God with us. God. With. Us.
As you wait for your “whatever,” I urge you to lean into God. Ask Him how He would use your time of waiting. Draw upon the Holy Spirit who resides in you. Maybe He wants to use your time of waiting as a time of renewing, refreshing and resting. Possibly He wants to use you in some way (and you’re too distracted by waiting to see how you could be serving). It might be that He wants to teach you or grow some virtue in you during this time. He may even be preparing your heart for what is to come. Probably He wants to use this time to show you more of Himself and take you into a deeper relationship with Him.
No matter what it is that He is trying to accomplish during this time of waiting, you can be sure of two things…
- He can and will work good even through your time of waiting. “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
- He is with you – Immanuel – God with us. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” – John 14:16
My prayer this Advent is that I would be more and more aware of Immanuel – and that my awareness would change the way I live.
You can thank my dear friend Sara for this blog post. I was mulling it over in my brain…and then she gave me this sweet new mug…and the encouragement I needed to take my thoughts from my brain to my blog. Thanks sister! I love my mug…and you!