I know the word brings that certain feeling of annoyance and impatience. We all have to wait sometimes. All the time actually, whether we know it or not. It may be a simple thing that takes a matter of minutes or it may be something more intricate that takes longer.
There are little things that we have to wait on all the time. Waiting for an email to load. Waiting in a checkout line at the store. Waiting on a table at a restaurant. Waiting for class to end. Waiting to arrive at your destination. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.
Yesterday I was in the parking lot at school and someone had parked in my space. No big deal, right? Wrong. I had to park closer to the area where the line forms and at the end of the day I had to wait to get in line for what seemed like forever. Then to make things worse when I did get out the car in front of me was going so slow.
I was so impatient. I could not wait.
I am not saying that waiting on this had some fantastic purpose, but I did get worked up about something that was out of my control.
Waiting on traffic is such a little thing, but there are other things that take longer and require us to wait much longer.
Waiting on that acceptance letter. Waiting on that friendship to be healed. Waiting on that relationship. Waiting on a sick family member to get better. Waiting to get past a hard time. Waiting on getting to that next step in life. Waiting on God to reveal your future…
Fall of 2017 has been a major time of waiting. Specifically waiting on the acceptance letter I had been stressing out about. I sent in all my applications early. But, here I was waiting. I felt stuck. Just always waiting and thinking about the future.
At this moment, I am in the middle of waiting for a decision about my future. Will this be part of my college life or not? Would this be the best thing? Again, here I am waiting.
There are so many unknowns in our lives, and so many things that we just cannot control. But we just have to…wait.
We are always waiting. There is always something in the future that we are waiting on. We don’t know what the future holds, but it is important to wait and trust in the plans of our Lord. He has all of this in his hands.
One of my favorite Bible stories about waiting would have to be the story of Abraham. To put it simply God told Abraham to pick up from his pleasant life and go. Go where? Well at this point Abraham has no idea, but God knows. He tells him to trust in Him and follow his instructions. Abraham is stuck like many of us waiting to figure out what the future holds.
God said to Abraham,
“’Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
Genesis 12:1-3 (NKJV)
Here’s the thing, he goes. He leaves. He follows His instructions even though he has no idea where he will end up. He waits to hear where to go.
Waiting is a part of all of our lives. We are always waiting to see what will happen in the future just like Abraham. We must always trust in His plan, just as Abraham does when he leaves his home country. He was going into the unknown, which is unnerving.
Abraham has to wait to find out where he is going and what will happen. This is where all of us find ourselves constantly. We cannot see what will happen in the future. But He is always with us when we are waiting and knows what we are waiting for, because here’s the thing, He has created what we are waiting on.