I'm fairly certain that most of you, like me struggle with waiting patiently. I want to know the answer as soon as possible without having to wait for a response. However, it is often in the waiting that the most growth happens. I would go as far as to say change starts in the waiting. Now I don't know what it is you may be waiting for, maybe its an answered prayer, a doctors report, news of a loved one, news about a job, whatever it may be God knows and He is with you in the midst of your waiting.
Being in the midst of the waiting can seem like a lonely place, you may feel isolated and alone, but please remember you never walk alone. The creator of the universe, the one who knit you together in your mothers wombs knows your name and He is walking with you through this season. Scripture is packed full of verses surrounding the concept of waiting, I know it can be hard to wait, but I love what Isaiah reminds us.
"But they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
Wait on the Lord.. I love that reminder. When the waiting seems to never end and it feels like there is a giant in your way, just remember you never fight for victory, but from a place of victory. Jesus already won every battle you could ever face. I had a conversation the other day that revolved around a similar topic. I got asked 'why waiting was so hard', and to be honest, I didn't really know how to respond at first. I mean is there a defiant answer to this question?
Then I remembered something I had been told by a mentor when I was young. If we have to wait for it, there is a reason. Beauty and in some cases maturity grow within the waiting. There is always a reason behind the waiting, whether we can see it or not it's there. I want to encourage you with that today and remind you that the waiting in between is just as important if not more so than the answer on the other side.
"But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." - Micah 7:7
I hope we all take the time to process this verse and make it our own prayer. That we would say, 'in this waiting I will look to the Lord. I will wait on Him for He is my salvation and I know He hears me.' It is my fervent prayer that you all would begin to see yourselves the way God sees you and understand just how loved and cherished you are. It is also my prayer that you would begin to wait on the Lord in every season you find yourself in. That you would cling to the promises of His word and understand when He sent His son to die on the cross and pay a debt He did not owe so that we could spend eternity with Him, that He did it with you on His mind.
That's how much He loves you! You are worth more than gold and precious pearls, you are the salt and light of the earth with a future so bright you'll need sunglasses to look at it. No matter what may await on the other side of the waiting, remember the lessons you learn in between.
"The most important thing to develop in human beings is a heart fully devoted to Christ understanding that it is not about us, but furthering the kingdom. Being the salt and light of the earth and doing it all while remaining gentle and bold."
Remember the lessons found in the waiting and hold on tight!