Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to Wait Well

I have teamed up with Daughter of Delight to write a devotional once each week. It will appear first on Daughter of Delight and Instagram, but I will also post them here. 

You've heard it a thousand times, "God answers our prayers with either yes, no, or wait," but yet we don't talk about the last part often. We hear people say, "God answered my prayer!" or "God shut a door that I wasn't supposed to walk through." But when was the last time you heard someone say they were in a season of waiting? It doesn't happen often, even though we’re waiting for most of our lives.

One of my dear friends frequently uses the analogy of an elevator to talk about how to live life between floors. The floors of one's life are the big moments like graduating from college, getting married, getting a job, and having kids, but most of our lives are spent waiting for these things to happen. We don't wait idly; we are working hard, but still waiting nonetheless.

Sometimes it takes too long for the next season to arrive. This causes anxiety and restlessness. Sometimes we love the season of life we're in, but the next one arrives too quickly. This causes us to resent change and to rely on ourselves instead of God. 

Most likely you're in a season of waiting, so how do you wait well? Lamentations 3:24-25 says,"The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." So in order to wait well, we are to seek God and to wait quietly, listening for the direction of our Lord. 

What area of your life do you need to learn to wait well?