I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get very tired of waiting. I can tolerate waiting at the dentist’s office if I have my knitting with me or a book. I can even tolerate waiting for a package to arrive, albeit a little less patiently. Long term waiting, on the other hand, is a totally different thing. Sometimes I feel that I have been waiting my entire life for some things to come to pass and other things to pass away.
Finding a lucrative career is definitely at the top of the list, and by lucrative I mean being able to pay all my bills each month with a little left over and a cushion in my savings account. As I get older, it becomes even harder as I realize that my age is becoming a negative factor in getting a solid full-time job, forget benefits.
Lately, I was also dealing with some health issues that I wanted to go away but managed to stick closer than a brother. For instance, a run in with poison ivy that took 2 ½ months to finally get rid of, and the scars are still in the process of fading. While I was praying for it to heal, I came across Galatians 4:4, which says, “in the fullness of time,” meaning in God’s time it will come to pass. His timing is key, but it can be very frustrating in the interim.
Sometimes God’s way is through His waiting room. The key word here is “through” since the waiting room is not a permanent residence even though it feels like it at the time. However, just because you are in the waiting room doesn’t mean you stop living. Take Joseph for example. He waited in the cistern to be sold into slavery, and he waited in jail to be remembered by the man he helped. In the meantime, Joseph used his time well and took every opportunity to use his gifts and succeeded in rising to the top each time. While I am in the waiting room, I am trying to do the same thing. I asked myself: How can I use my gifts and abilities to glorify God and walk in my calling while I wait?
Psalms 27:13-14 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
…in the meantime…do what you can do and leave the rest to God.