I’ve been waiting on God for a lot lately. For the salvation of my family, for financial break through, for meaningful friendships, for ‘him’ and a whole lot of direction. Waiting is undoubtedly such a painful process. I remember wanting to hurl whenever someone encouraged me with ‘Your wait is not in vain’, when literally each day feels like it is exactly that. Us, Christian women, can be such a ball of complaints at times. I don’t think we realize how much this negative attitude influences and distorts our relationship with God.
Imagine, waking up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? We would be in so much trouble, right?
Like you, I am currently sitting in the waiting room. I have an entire list that is all too familiar in the heavenlies. While I am here, the time I usually use to complain, I’ve asked God to help me use this constructively. Instead of staring into a blank wall, growing impatient while waiting for the physician (Jesus) to attend to me. I choose to examine myself first.
…and man! It’s been quite the journey. I have been in one place visiting entirely different areas of my life. Easy? No. Bearable? Certainly. The poet in me, titled this process as ‘The unraveling’. I have been falling apart while waiting on God to show me where to, from here. There have been things I have had to let go of, people that couldn’t go with me into His consultation room, plans that I have had to close the door on and ideas that I have had to put aside.
Now, of course you going to experience phases of impatience. I did. I wanted to leave the waiting room so many times. I wanted to go and find other ways to heal my wounds, but the nostalgia that accompanied those thoughts just reminded me of the pain that comes with doing things my way. It’s important that you begin with the end in mind, during this period of waiting on God. Consider the costs and mentally prepare for it, through His word.
Oh, and does His word do a great job at providing reassurance. My personal favourite:
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”.
While you wait, remember that in any waiting room there is a secretary. Most secretaries in a professional environment, have some experience or knowledge about the field they are working in. While waiting this is usually person we consult about the physician, who he is, what he is best at etc.
As a Christian, the Holy spirit performs this function. Remember the word of God speaks about a helper and comforter? You can access this glorious helper at any given time while you wait. See how God simply just equips us for the various phases of life we find ourselves in?
I am still waiting, just today I have been experiencing immense discomfort, but the Helper is spurring me on, lifting my weary hands when I am weak.
He can do this for you too.
Tatum-Lee is a Born Again Christian, qualified writer and content producer who resides in Cape Town, South Africa