Waiting is hard. Waiting isn't fun. Waiting takes patience, and who has time for that??
But waiting on God is a lot harder than waiting for your food to come when you're super hungry after a long day of work.
Waiting on God is an art. Something to work at constantly. It takes patience, faith, trust, and truly letting go of whatever it is we need God to take control of.
I'm almost 18. Life is beginning to change for me and it's scary. I pray all the time for guidance of what decisions to make about my future and if the ones I'm making are the right ones. It's scary. It's hard. I pray and pray and pray, and for quite a while I thought I wasn't getting any answers.
But then I realized I WAS getting answers, I just wasn't listening for them. I was only listening to what I wanted to hear.
But God is like that one best friend you've had forever that has no filter around you and no matter what you want to hear from them, they're always going to tell you what you need to hear from them.
God hit me right in the face with some stuff lately. He's taught me that it isn't at all about what I want and when I want it. (shocker, right??)
I'm learning to wait on Him. I'm learning the art of patience, faith, and trust. I am learning to fully let go of my life and surrender it to Him.
My usual experience with "waiting on God" has been more of me praying for my wants every night and losing patience and getting frustrated when things don't seem to play out the next week or two. I want Him to work and I want Him to work now!
But God is never not working. He is always doing something whether I see it or not. He is ALWAYS doing His part. So I need to always do mine.
The song "While I'm waiting" by John Waller speaks to me SO much. I can name multiple times of my life I have listened to this song and did a little perspective changing on my situation.. It displays the attitude we should have while we're waiting on God.
Normally when I share lyrics I only post a line or two, but this one is too good not to share the whole. Read through these lyrics and really soak up what they mean.
"I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You, Lord
I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You Lord, though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait.
I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting, I will serve You.
While I'm waiting, I will worship.
While I'm waiting, I will not faint
I will be running the race, even while I wait.
I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You, Lord
I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You Lord, thought it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait."
Aren't those lyrics touching? The story behind John Waller writing that song is about him waiting on God for seventeen whole years for something he thought he was ready for right then.
We've all heard a thousand times that God's timing is not our timing.
So when I pray and pray and pray and still don't seem to get any answers, I will learn to serve Him, to worship Him, and to keep running the race even.while.I.wait.
I will learn to move ahead bold and confident, taking every step in obedience. Because as long as I am doing my best to put Him first in my life, He's going to let the rest play out. I don't need to know all the answers, I need to trust that my God's got it all under control.
If you've read quite a few of my posts, then you've learned by now that I really struggle with fear in the whole "future" area of my life. Learning to let go and fully trust Him is extremely hard. It's scary not knowing what exact steps to take. But I'm learning just how much He really wants me to let go. He wants to take this burden from me. He wants to lead me. He wants my heart and my trust 100%.
All I have to do is surrender it all to Him. To say "You lead."
He wants me to trust that He still hears me even when I don't hear Him.
"I wait for The LORD, my soul does wait. And in His word I do hope." (psalm 130:5)
"Our soul waits for The LORD; He is our help and our shield." (psalm 33:20)
"Wait for The LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for The LORD." (psalm 27:14)
I'm waiting on you, God. Do ya thing!