"I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word." Psalm 130:5 CSB
I remember it like it was yesterday: I was 16 years old, and it was time to go car shopping. One sunny weekend my dad, mom, sister, and I made the 80-mile drive to Lubbock, Texas to finally do something I had dreamed about for the past year, if not longer. As we circled back into the parking lot, my dad followed the salesman into his office to negotiate a deal. My stomach leapt and butterflies abounded as they sat behind the closed door for what seemed forever.
Soon, my father emerged from the office, his face solemn, and he looked at me and said "let's go home." We left that day without a car but with plenty of disappointment. Eventually I did get a car, and it was perfect. The anticipation in the waiting, however, was difficult. As a 16-year-old, I didn't know much, but I knew to trust my Father, even in the waiting.
I'll be honest, for me, the waiting is the worst. Waiting for the results of a medical test, having to wait to find out the sex of your newborn, finding out if you have the job you're sure God has called you to...it is all difficult. The waiting, however, is where we find our most intimate times with God. The waiting strengthens us spiritually, and the waiting teaches us to trust. When waiting turns to worry, let it bring you closer to your Heavenly Father. Bring it to Him.
Waiting isn't easy, but there is so much to be learned during these times in our lives. I would encourage you, if you are in a season of waiting, to let it bring you closer to God. There is always purpose, and God can see so much more than we can even fathom. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages.” Be encouraged, sisters. If you are in one of these seasons, God's got you, and God loves you. Embrace the waiting.
Father, I thank You that You are faithful, and that I can always depend on You. Thank You for the gift of waiting, for it brings me closer to You. Help me to keep my eyes on You and not myself, and help me to embrace each and every opportunity I can to grow closer to You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Are you in a season of waiting? Spend time in Psalm 130 this week and learn about waiting well.