The Man Foster and I have been in a long season of waiting; excruciatingly so for this highly impatient, I-want-what-I-want-NOW woman. We will all walk through many variations of waiting, and can be sure there will be numerous more to come if we are blessed with a long life. The question on repeat in my mind has been, “Where is God in the waiting?”
In this season of waiting, I have come to realize that it isn’t the start of the waiting or the end that will mark the season, it’s how you deal with what’s happening in the middle. The middle, is where we learn the lessons.
*Full disclosure. When I started writing this post, I really thought by the time I posted it we would finally have some direction. We don’t, which has made writing this even more challenging and humbling. I have had to remind myself of these truths over and over again – sometimes moment by moment.
God Will Meet you in the Waiting.
If you are willing to seek Him, He will meet you in the waiting. If you’re not willing to seek Him, He’ll still meet you in the waiting. The odds are high that you are in a season of waiting for a reason. God doesn’t put us through these tough seasons without reason. There are always lessons to be learned.
Now is an important time to say, God isn’t punishing you in the waiting. That’s not God’s nature. He’s not a master puppeteer hoping to cause stress and make you distraught in the waiting. No. Seasons of waiting are a byproduct of living in a broken world. There are natural consequences and rhythms in this world, and waiting is simply a key part of living this side of Heaven. God isn’t interested in bringing you pain, rather He wants to meet you in your waiting, and be your source of comfort.
God is in control.
And we are not. I believe as humans, our need for control stems all the way back to the garden. Why do you think Eve wanted the knowledge the fruit would provide? My speculation is she knew knowledge would elevate her sense of power and control. But we now know it to be true that control, when given to anyone other than God, kills. And human control in the garden lead to none other than death. It was the usher that escorted death front and center in Adam and Eve’s life. Control is the act of electing yourself to the seat of God. It’s self-choice, self election, self-life. Control is the negative or human reaction to waiting. Humility and trust are the healthy reactions to waiting. Waiting refers to trusting that God will do what He said He would do. So often we think we need to be in control to assert our sense of power and worth simply because God is not meeting deadlines or expectations. When we fight for control, we are telling God we do a better job of running things. I can’t imagine anything more insulting.
God will continue to remind us that He is in the one in control.
God is always present.
He is. He’s the source of life. He’s all around. But sometimes in the seasons of waiting – He feels like He’s not even real. I know I often feel like prayer is just me talking to myself, and God is nowhere to be found. One of the most important lessons I have learned is this: God is present even when I don’t feel Him. I won’t always feel Him. I won’t always want to seek Him. That doesn’t change the fact that He’s there.
He is WITH you in the waiting. He is calm, because He knows how this plays out. Did you hear that? He knows how our lives play out, from the mundane to the mountain top, God knows. You and I do not know how our story plays out – and it’s a good thing too. We’d probably try to control the future and, well, you see where that led Adam and Eve. Just remember, He’s working the situation out for your good and His glory. It’s worth repeating, God is always present, even in the waiting, even when you don’t feel like He is.
God is steadfast.
God specifically wanted to show me his steadfastness in this season. I would read it every time I opened up my Bible. The Spirit has been nudging me to go back to roots and look up simple definitions of words. Steadfast means firmly fixed and not subject to change. Steadfast is used as a descriptor of God’s love for us nearly 50 times in the Bible. God, is firmly fixed on YOU and not going to change that.
So what does this practically mean? Our emotions and feelings are not a good indicator of reality. Reality is, God is steadfast and fixed on you as His child.
Waiting…well, it’s just the worst. When it’s happening it feels like it will never end. We’ve all lived long enough to know that it does eventually end right?
What is it you are waiting on? A baby? A job? Redemption for your marriage? Healing? Hope? An answer? A husband? A wife?
Reader, would you invite God to be a part of the waiting with you? Would you hope and believe that He is as good as He says He is? Would you speak the truth over your mind that God is present and not leaving you in your waiting? Can you trust that His plans for you are higher, and He will work your waiting out for your good? Learn the lessons in the middle.
-The Lady Foster