Waiting is quite annoying. It almost feels like a state of limbo: not having reached a destination. Unsettled, even idleness perhaps.Waiting isn’t just confined to a traffic light or doctor’s office; it can also be a season of life.
During the time I was seeking God about where to go to college and what to do with my life, He taught me a valuable lesson. The word “wait” is a verb – an action verb. Waiting doesn’t have to be a sedentary thing; it can be an active thing.
Psalms 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalms 62:5 – My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him.
David was anointed king long before he was crowned king of all Israel. 15 years in fact. During his season of waiting, he was not idle. He led mighty men. He fought a giant. He wrote many Psalms. He learned many skills he would one day need as king. He definitely had his low times, but he never gave up. He always trusted God’s timing and was not idle.
I had a season of life in which I waited for a long time. Growing up, I just assumed I’d meet some wonderful man in college, get married, and live happily ever after. God had different plans for me. I kept thinking “I’ll meet someone soon,” and yet, still no one.
After college, I knew I wanted to be in full time ministry. I got involved at church. Anytime there was something going on at church, I was there. I learned so much this way! I learned how to help in the nursery. I learned how to get all the items prepared for the preacher to do the Lord’s supper. I learned how to go on visitation.
While being busy and involved at church, the opportunity came to go on a missions trip. I volunteered! While teaching at the Christian school and an opportunity came to spend 6 weeks in North Africa – I volunteered! While on the 6 week trip, the missionaries asked if I might be willing to work with them in North Africa as a missionary. I volunteered! While in North Africa, serving as a single missionary, I met my husband. It was always while I was busy serving that God opened up new doors and ultimately how I met my husband.
All those skills that I learned while I was waiting…I have used them all on the field. All the things I learned as a single missionary, I will use on the field as a missionary wife. Was waiting easy? No. But, God used the times of waiting in my life. Instead of being idle or sedentary during my times of waiting, I was active.
How do you change waiting from sedentary to action?
- Look for things to do.
- Looks for gaps to fill.
- Look for ways to learn in your current season.
- Volunteer when opportunities come.
Waiting can be a time of service, growth, experience, and learning. Don’t let your season of waiting go to waste!