We had just put our house on the market a week earlier.
that time, it was a flurry of activity with painting, striping
wallpaper, scrubbing, cleaning, repairing and redecorating being the
We hoped that in not-too-many days, the house would sell,
and the flurry of activity would start all over again with packing and
moving, and of course, there would be the painting, etc., of the new
We were in a rush for this to happen. We wanted all the
dust to be settled by the end of July, because our son was getting
married at the end of August; but we were, at that moment, in a waiting
We had looked at a few houses, yes, but until our home
sold, we really couldn't do anything. We couldn't even really start
packing, for the house needed to stay pristine-looking for potential
buyers. Besides, when we didn't yet know where we would be going, it
would have been difficult to know what to get rid of and what to keep!
It seemed like such a waste of time, this waiting. We could have
been busy doing so much towards advancing the move; but there we sat,
twiddling our thumbs so to speak, waiting...
Do you find yourself
in a waiting period of life? Maybe you've been given a promise of
restoration, but you await its fulfillment. Maybe you thought you were
on the right track, but you were derailed by a bad medical diagnosis or
relationship issues. Or maybe you lost your job. And since there isn't
anything you can "do" to change these derailments, to get yourselves
back on track, you find yourselves waiting...
It's hard to wait
patiently, isn't it? I just wanted to start packing! In the same way, I
know you want your lives to get back on track as quickly as possible
from the bad circumstances that have brought you to a standstill.
Let's remember, however, that, "To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven..." (Eccl. 3:1 NKJV). God
never intended for us to push forward full-steam all the time, and His
Word tells us that there are benefits to waiting: "But those who
wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with
wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and
not faint." (Is. 40:31 NKJV).
So what do we do when we
*Here are a few suggestions I found...
that God hears our cries: "Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will
wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me." (Micah 7:7
2. We must put our hope in God's Word and remember the
blessings yet to come: "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in
His word I do hope." (Psalm 130:5 NKJV); "Therefore the Lord
will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be
exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of
justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him." (Isaiah 30:18).
3. We must trust explicitly in the Lord and not in ourselves:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding..." (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).
4. Our job to watch
with expectancy and to be prepared for unexpected answers: "My voice
You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it
to You, And I will look up." (Psalm 5:3 NKJV)
5. We need to
see the waiting period as an opportunity to experience God's goodness:
"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks
Him." (Lamentations 3:25 NKJV).
6. While we wait, we need to
be strong and take courage: "I would have lost heart, unless I had
believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the
living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen
your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!" (Psalm 27:13-14; see also
Ps. 31:24 NKJV).
7. We also need to be still and choose patience,
putting a stop to our fretting and anger: "Rest in the Lord, and
wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his
way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from
anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm." (Psalm
8. Finally, we need to continue in steadfast
prayer: "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with
thanksgiving..." (Colossians 4:2 NKJV).
I tried to remember
this the next time I have to wait...And maybe I'll catch up a bit on my
writing in the downtime!
*Taken from the "Unlocking
the Bible” website…
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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