A season of uncertainty and waiting can be the most fluctuating phase of your life, and it seems as if everything in life comes with a season of waiting. The dreams and plans you have seem to be delayed, and at times it feels like you’re journeying down a road with no known destination, and no end sight in view. Along this road you get spurs of hope, then the next minute it seems hopeless, and it leaves you confused.
“You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” –John 13:7
You find yourself looking around at the life of your peers. You see the engagements, graduations, baby announcements, new careers, and you begin wondering “when will it be my turn?” God hasn’t forgotten about you. His timing is just different from ours. KEEP WAITING. DON’T SETTLE. Settling is exactly what the enemy wants you to do. He wants you to give into your desires in the moment, so you will have less than God’s perfect plan for your life. If you give into those temporary desires, you may feel content for a season, but later find yourself feeling unfulfilled.
“When the time is right, I, The Lord, will make it happen.” –Isaiah 60:22
You’ll have moments where you feel content in your waiting, and the waiting makes sense, because you’ll fantasize it in your head. I’m waiting for this kind of guy or waiting for this career, but you will have moments where that contentment fades. When you become weary of waiting, people will lecture you on the gift of waiting, while you’re looking at their settled, content life thinking they don’t understand. Yes, there is significance in waiting, because waiting is not punishment, but God preparing you. There is beauty in waiting, but if we’re being real, waiting can feel like the worst! I know, because I am also in a season of waiting.
“Those who trust in The Lord will find new strength.” –Isaiah 40:31
What I have learned is that it isn’t so much about the wait as it is about the SURRENDER. Surrendering your will for his will. Surrendering your impatience, confusion, and doubts for his peace. Waiting itself will still be difficult at times, but you can’t focus on the waiting. You can’t let the waiting itself consume you, because it will if you allow it to. Instead, focus on the one who is perfectly orchestrating your life, the one who makes the wait worth it, the one who has already has your future perfectly mapped out. Trusting in HIS perfect timing. He loves you far too much to give you something too early or too late.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” –Ecclesiastes 3:11
Just look in the Bible, look at Paul, Abraham, Moses, Esther, and even Jesus. They all went through seasons of waiting, but in the end, their stories focus on what God did as a result of their waiting. Whenever God finally chooses to end your season of waiting, you won’t think about how long you had to wait, but how faithful he has been to fulfill his promises to you. When nothing is certain, ANYTHING is possible.
“And so it was, that she having waited long and enduring patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised.” –Hebrews 6:15