What are you waiting for? What is it that keeps your breath and heart suspended, your eyes searching the skies for a tiny cloud of hope? What keeps your mind racing in circles chasing down the elusive “answer”? What is it that you’re waiting for, but quit expecting long ago? What is it that, when it comes to mind, you quickly shove it away, because you’re tired of being disappointed?
I think there are two ditches we can fall into while we are waiting. We can either wait impatiently or hopelessly. To wait impatiently is to still have hope that what we desire will happen, but we are afraid it will not happen at the right time. (The sooner the better, usually). To wait hopelessly is to deny or suppress our desire so that the waiting becomes passive, in the background of life. It feels safer, but a part of our heart dies a little.
There is a third option. Waiting with hope. This requires the miracle of patience and hope grasping hands. It means that desire is allowed, while timing is surrendered. To wait with hope, we must hope courageously in the face of uncertainty, and yet in peace knowing that God will work everything out for good…in His time. It’s surrendering to One who knows us and knows what is best, and trusting Him to know what to do with that information.
With that said, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes on the subject of waiting:
“But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Rom. 8:25
“If you say that you are afraid of deceiving yourself with vain hope, because you do not see or feel any warrant in your present state for such special expectations, my answer is, it is God, who is the warrant for your expecting great things. Oh, do learn the lesson. You are not going to wait on yourself to see what you feel and what changes come to you. You are going to WAIT ON GOD, to know first, WHAT HE IS, and then, after that, what He will do. The whole duty and blessedness of waiting on God has its root in this, that He is such a blessed Being, full, to overflowing, of goodness and power and life and joy, that we, however wretched, cannot for any time come into contact with Him, without that life and power secretly, silently beginning to enter into him and blessing him. God is Love! That is the one only and all-sufficient warrant of your expectation. Love seeketh out its own: God’s love is just His delight to impart Himself and His blessedness to His children.” – Andrew Murray, Waiting on God (Day 8)
*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele and sent out on October 7, 2014.