Faith, Freedom, Grace & Truth

When Waiting Feels Like Forever

I hate to wait.

Whether it is waiting in the drive-thru line at Chick-fil-a or waiting for the phone call from the doctor’s office with the test results, waiting is so, so difficult. I want to know the answer. I want assurance of how it is going to turn out. I don’t want to feel this angst of uncertainty anymore. The land of the unknown is desolate.

Waiting is really hard.

Sadly, waiting is an inescapable part of life. What do we do with ourselves while we wait?

How can we keep our sanity when our next steps trudge through uncertainty?

How can we lean into Jesus trusting that His timing is perfect as we wait?

These 5 ways have held me in the most excruciatingly difficult, waiting (and growing) times.

Be real.

Don’t pretend that it’s easy. Don’t put on a smile and act as if you aren’t worried, concerned, or anxious. Allow honesty to liberate you from performance. Admit that it is difficult and that trusting God is not easy.

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8, NAS

Look under the hood.

Waiting reveals what we truly believe. Within the tension of uncertainty, identify where you doubt, what you are anxious about, or what scares you the most. These emotions will lead you to areas of disbelief.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24, NAS

 Cling to God’s truth.

God’s truth stands the test of time and circumstances. His truth is The Truth. As you experience loss, pain, uncertainty, don’t allow your feelings to dictate your belief. Let your fears be absolved by God’s truth. Speak it out loud. Write it on a notecard. Create a little tune in your head- whatever it takes to keep God’s truth at the forefront of your mind. Truth overtakes worry and doubt.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5

Get perspective.

Pain is not the worst case scenario. The most terrible thing that could happen is the rebellious, eternal state of your heart. With your heart as the goal, God will do whatever it takes to get you in a sweet place of  surrender. Although our pleasures and comfort on this earth seem valuable, they are not. They are but a mist which the wind blows away.

Your hope is heaven. Stand back from what you are waiting for and evaluate your situation in light of eternity with Jesus. Nothing compares.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14, NAS

You are not alone.

This is the most comforting truth. You don’t have to sit in the waiting room by yourself, rubbing your hands together in worry. You don’t need to handle it on your own. You have the Creator of the universe carrying you through it. He is strong and mighty and compassionate and victorious. Stop resisting His strength. Step into who He is and lived healed and free.

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43:1-2, NAS

Rest in these truths, my sweet friend. You can make it. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, walking in the freedom of God’s grace.