Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him. Isaiah 64:4
If you’ve been following my daily journey you know that I’ve finally arrived in Reno, Nevada. I was supposed to be here on August 3rd. But I had to wait for approval from the State Board. Once I was ready, it took me over 24 hours of travel time due to airline delays. Now that I’m here, I still have to wait until next week to start working. I will wait on the Lord …
In this hurry-up world, waiting for anything can cause anxiety. When we’re waiting for something it can be hard to think of anything else and we might lose our tongue or tempers. No one enjoys waiting in line, at stoplights, for dinner. We don’t even like waiting for good things, like for a job to start. We want what we want right now.
Yet the word of God insists that we learn some of life’s greatest lessons while we wait. Waiting rooms can be hard classrooms, but God promises vast rewards to those who wait for Him. God plans to use the long pauses in our lives for our blessing, if we let Him.
Think of waiting on God as something like planting a garden. You put a seed in the ground, water it and wait. And wait. And wait. Finally one day you begin to see evidence of what you planted. Now, suppose you had grown impatient and dug up your seeds because nothing seemed to be happening? You would have ruined your garden.
It might be you’re waiting for something right now. A loan approval. A new job. A relationship. A child. While we’re waiting we can’t imagine how God will move on our behalf. Yet, we can be confident He does so above our understanding, and He will act with perfect timing when we wait for Him in faith. Remember, some fruit takes a long time to mature. God knows exactly how long we need to wait.