I'm at a busy intersection, ready to turn around; I've been waiting for a clear path to turn around safely, but the cars keep coming and coming. I don't want to throw myself into the middle of the road to be T-boned by another auto. I notice the person behind me is getting impatient, and he starts honking. Ugg, more pressure, but I'm determined not to get in an accident, so I keep waiting for the right opportunity; all the waiting finally pays off, and I finally have a clear path. Waiting is overwhelming for us when we are in a hurry, right? We have all been there; we have experienced the hassle of wanting something and waiting a lot for it. Some of us even feel that all we've been doing is waiting. Have you felt like this? Yes, I have felt like all I do sometimes is wait. Waiting is not an easy task; we live in a world where we are accustomed to quick fixes. We are used to having things quickly; we want to control everything, even if it is only an illusion of having control over time.
One of the hard things we have to learn as we grow is to be patient. Nobody likes to wait; waiting produces certain uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety and fatigue. By nature, we want to control everything; this makes waiting difficult and fills us with uncertainty and frustration. Waiting is defined biblically as believing that something will happen, especially if it is favorable. Don't start acting until something happens. It is hoping, waiting, and trusting. God wants us to learn to trust Him and wait on his timing. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: 1 Everything has its time, and everything wanted under heaven has its hour.
Unfortunately, technological advances have had a crucial impact on how we wait. Our fast-paced and hectic pace of life of immediate consumption does not allow us to wait patiently for something and has made us increasingly less prone to wait and more prone to impatience and despair. As we wait, God works with us, molds our hearts, and teaches us to depend on Him. We must acknowledge that waiting on God does not imply being inactive or not doing anything. It does not mean sitting on the couch waiting for things to happen; on the contrary, it requires trusting in Him. It means that we will do what we have to do with the certainty that God will work in our favor. Waiting on God is resisting the devil and having self-control. It is seeking God constantly and to keep walking by faith. It is to live accepting His will and His timing.
If we do not have the patience to wait for God's time, we start making mistakes because we do what we are not supposed to do. Instead of trusting in God, we rely on our self-sufficiency and do what we believe is what suits us. Unfortunately, this 99% of the time leads us to get into problems and situations that we could have avoided. Waiting can also bring out what is inside us. Waiting will uncover our interests and intentions; waiting can reveal our true nature. It is important to wait patiently, always trust God and praise Him in the middle of the waiting.
Here are some Bible verses that will bring you hope while you wait:
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah40:31
Rejoice in hope, show patience in suffering, and persevere in prayer. Romans 12:12
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, in waiting, we show our perseverance. Romans 8:25
16 Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly, we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
2 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you find yourself in various trials, knowing that the trial of your faith produces patience. 4 But let his complete work be patient, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1; 2-4.
When we wait in God's time, the blessing will be much greater than everything we asked for. When things are too easy to get, they don't last. On the contrary, good things, valuable things, take time, and they will last longer. God always gives us more, and His will is always better and perfect. If we do things impatiently and on impulse, in most cases, what we get becomes water and salt; it is easily lost. But when we wait, God blesses us beyond measure.