It’s called the blessing of waiting.
Now, I know that waiting is rarely fun, or easy, and is almost never considered a blessing while you’re in the process, but I want to point out a few things that benefit us when we practice that tried and true fruit of the spirit, patience.
Maybe right now you’re waiting for a promotion, a spouse, a job, or maybe you’re just waiting to grow up, drive, get a car, a house, a family. Maybe you’re waiting on a wedding date, waiting to become pregnant, or waiting for your kids to leave the house. All of us are ultimately, waiting for Christ‘s return. In our waiting, I want to encourage us. There are blessings that come with waiting. Here are a few that I’ve discovered.
no. 1 – Waiting can be exciting. It provides us with the feeling of anticipation and as I’ve seen it so beautifully put, we get to experience the “pleasure of curiosity.”
no. 2 – Waiting makes us productive. Ever try to make yourself busy while you’re waiting? We do it because “time flies when you’re having fun” but, really, the things we can accomplish in our waiting can be wonderful! There’s no motivation like trying to pass the time.
no. 3 – Waiting makes us appreciate. There is nothing like two lovers first night of marriage together. There is nothing like finally, finally, holding your child in your arms. Things like these come after a long period anticipation and enough time for us to truly appreciate them when they finally do come. If everything was handed to us instantly, we’d have no real knowledge of life without them, therefore we wouldn’t appreciate them so.
no. 4 – Waiting is, at time, a protection. There is nothing like looking back on a time in your life that you wanted something and realizing that you couldn’t have handled it at the time. Sometimes, there is a reason we aren’t getting what we ask for, because God knows the damage we would cause if we were given that thing too early.
no. 5 – Waiting produces maturity. As Christians, a fruit of time spent with and around and in God’s Spirit, produces in us this patience. It is a sign of maturity when a person can patiently wait for something. A infant doesn’t have this maturity, but we as adults must learn to obtain it.
no. 6 – Waiting teaches us to trust God. There is nothing that increases your trust in God more than to experience and finally understand His timing in things. Looking back on your life, can’t you see how well timed it all was? Even though at the time, we thought it was taking forever.
All in all, maturity and growth takes time, and time means that we must wait in it. God is with us, never against us, and all for us. He is the controller of the clock and the hand that strikes it. We must learn to trust that His timing truly is the most beautiful and well thought out plan of all.
Go with God at you wait this week and trust in His timing for your life.