If we are being honest with ourselves, no one really likes to wait. Kids hate being told to wait until after dinner to have dessert. No one really enjoys waiting in lines at the stores. There are times, we don’t want to wait for dinner to cook so we just grab takeout.
Unfortunately though, there are times in life that we have to wait, whether we want to or not. Waiting on a test result to come back from the lab. Waiting by the bedside of a dying loved one. Waiting for a positive pregnancy test. Waiting for cancer to go into remission. There are so many things in life beyond our control that we have to wait for.
Waiting isn’t something we want to do, but something we will all face multiple times throughout life. How will you respond when it’s time to wait and then wait, again? Here are just a few tips I have found to help me in my waiting seasons of life.
W – Wrap yourself in God’s Word. Emerge yourself into it. Read it. Listen to it. Hang your favorite verses up throughout your house. The Bible will guide you every step of the way through life, if you let it. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalms 119:105
A – Ask for strength and wisdom. Every season of life will bring different struggles. Thankfully, we have a God that we can go to and ask for strength and wisdom to help us through each circumstance “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5
I – Invest time in others. Focus on helping others around you instead of the circumstances you are facing. Write a note of encouragement. Send a text. Fix a meal. Take them out for coffee. Pray for them. We may not always see or know what someone else may be going through; but we can strive to reach out and be a blessing.
T – Trust in God’s plan. You will not always understand why God allows certain circumstances in life. You just have to trust that he has a plan and His ways are so much better than ours. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6