That’s an infuriating word, isn’t it? Especially when someone specifically tells you to wait. Take a minute to imagine being a little kid again. You’ve been excited all day to go out and do an activity with your friends. You’re all ready to go and have one foot out the door and the other still in the house. You yell at your mom (who is still getting ready to leave) to hurry up, and she replies back, “just wait a few more minutes!” As a kid, this can be the most frustrating phrase. And as adults, this phrase is still just as frustrating.
For what seems like the longest time, I’ve been having God repeatedly commanding me to wait and to be patient. These are two of my least favorite words. I can’t speak on behalf of everyone, but I'm fairly certain that 99.9% of the population feel the same way:
But little do we know that God is working and has a plan in the midst of it.
A topic that’s been really bugging me is the topic of the future. I keep wondering what the future will hold. Where will I be six months from now, or even in two years? Thinking about this too much really stresses me out, but then I realized that I don’t need to worry. When we think ahead in life, we often become scared, anxious and stressed. The future can seem very blurry, and we don’t know where life will take us next or what God has in store for us.
If this is you, then stop for a second. Take a deep breath.
You do not have to carry this worry in your heart.
We’re not meant to hold onto this fear of the future. God doesn’t want us to constantly be stressed about where the road ahead will take us. This is something that God has been personally communicating to me. Whenever I overthink about where I’ll be in the next few years, I hear the words “wait” and “be patient.” These words have been written down in my journal so many times, but it still irritates me when these are the only words I hear. Perhaps you, the reader, are in the same situation. You’re in a season of anticipation. This is a really challenging season, but push through, because the Lord has a plan in this.
The other night, I was reminded of the passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. In this chapter it mentions how there is “a time for everything.”:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
This passage reminds me that I won’t be in the place I am right now forever. This is merely a season of life. God’s working in me and having me go through obstacles so I can learn and grow. That’s also with every season of our lives. Not every season is going to be what we hope. Unexpected circumstances hurtle themselves at us, and it all happens for a significant reason: God’s plan. His timing is perfect. Trusting God in His timing is a very hard thing to do, but you see, we need to fully trust Him in the waiting process and not demand for Him to give us what we want right that very second. We live in a culture that wants everything NOW, and we’re unwilling to go through the process. Yes, it can be very messy and sometimes it’ll be painful, but the process is so necessary for our growth and development in our relationship with Jesus.
You’ll sometimes find that God won’t give you an answer right after you ask Him a question. He’s waiting for the opportune time to reveal that answer to you. For this reason, it might be weeks, months or even years until you hear an answer from Him. But know that His answer will come at the right time. If you’re awaiting a response from the Lord, try not to focus solely on what you think or want the response to be, because God will reveal it in due time. Waiting on the Lord also involves being at peace in the Lord. When you’re at peace with Him, everything else seems to fade away.
Something really important that helps me not stress about the future is to take life day by day. We don’t need to think about what will happen tomorrow, next week, or even a year from now. Matthew 6:34 says, “do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Live your life dwelling in the present, not worrying about the future. Trust me, if you have this mindset, it will make life so much more enjoyable. During this waiting process, rest in Jesus’ glorious presence and don’t forget that He has a plan in everything you’re going through.
Written by Averie Coen