The Waiting Room

Waiting is my least favorite thing to do. Who invented waiting anyways? Worse yet, who invented the “waiting room?” Essentially, it’s a room to tell you: “It’s not your turn yet….we have no place for you, so you’re stuck here. Waiting.”

Ok, maybe those thoughts only belong in my head and not anyone else’s, but certainly you can attest that the world is full of unhappy waiting people. The human race just might be called a “race” for more than one reason- we want to move on to the next thing. We don’t enjoy waiting, we don’t want to wait, and especially if the circumstances are beyond our control.

Waiting on God is hard. When we desperately need an answer to prayer and nothing seems to happen, our trust in God can be tested.

However, when we look back on these times we often see them as most influential in shaping our faith. Have you ever been in a situation when you have been waiting on God? Maybe you have been waiting for healing, for a new home, a job, or some other kind of change that you desperately need.

You’re trusting in God initially and patiently wait for Him to work, creating the transformation you have been praying for.

And nothing happens.

And nothing happens.

And nothing happens.

All the while people keep telling you to trust in God and the right thing will come along and to be honest they start to sound like just words. Platitudes with not much meaning. They lose their impact and you start to lose a bit of hope.

What if God isn’t going to answer my prayer? Time is running out. How do I keep trusting when it seems like nothing is changing?
I’m not going to deny that waiting on God is hard. There’s nothing like waiting on God.

No, truly, there is nothing like waiting on God.
How can we keep trusting in God when we keep waiting and waiting?

When you’re waiting on God know that He wants to bless you.

God wants to bless us. And sometimes we forget this.

We sometimes think that God wants us to behave ourselves, be a good girl and if we try really hard, we might see a little blessing thrown towards us here or there as a reward for our hard work. But we forget about His grace. The undeserved favor of God shown towards us freely. Yet, the blessings God showers us with are not always what we are expecting. I believe that God wants to bless us with parenthood. But He also wants to bless us with strengthened faith, trust and dependence on Him. Sometimes these things grow best during the times of waiting on God.

When you’re waiting on God it’s sometimes easier to see His purposes in hindsight.

When we’re in the middle of waiting it can be very hard to understand why God isn’t seemingly answering our prayers when we think we need Him to. Yet, when we look back on things we can often see why God needed us to wait. Sometimes, it might be clear that God was making us wait for the right thing to come along. Or we might realize how much God grew us and shaped us during the waiting time. Or we might see how what we thought we needed was different to the greater purposes God had in mind for us.

When you’re waiting on God know that He always hears our prayers.

When we are going through hard times and are worrying about our future, God is always by our side. He feels compassion when we are in pain and He understands what we are going through. We may wonder why God seems to be silent, but we can always trust in His love for us and His great wisdom.

When you’re waiting on God know that He will be glorified.

Sometimes the times in the Bible when people have had to wait on God have been the times when He has been glorified the most. When God’s power was seen most magnificently. When the most dramatic transformation happened in peoples’ lives. Sometimes the waiting on God enables us to see the greatest miracles.

God wants to be our strength in the waiting. Through the process of the wait, we have the privilege of learning how to rely on Him. We build our strength in the Lord through the waiting process. Standing poised at the edge of an opportunity, with a ready ear for the captain’s word to move, requires more character and strength than barging ahead on our own. Standing still, listening to His voice, having our hearts open to His Word – these “waiting room” activities are carving and toning our spiritual muscles. I believe that God wants to give us the answer we’re searching for, dreaming of, longing after… but He really wants to give us something much, much bigger than that gift. He wants to give us Himself. He longs to draw us close in a relationship with Him, so deep that we will forget all about that answer we are anxiously waiting for – because we have found the answer in Him.

It’s not always easy to see the purpose of the waiting. But we can trust in God’s wisdom, love and blessing. We may not always see the answers to prayer that we would like and according to the agenda that we think things need to happen by, but I believe God has a plan for us.

{Excerpts in this post are used from “God is Just Not Fair” & Life’s Answers to Difficult Questions}


5 thoughts on “The Waiting Room

  1. Kelly says:

    Wow you’re so amazing and everything you wrote was how we felt. We really need to get together because I felt so alone in our wait for being parents and reading your blog somehow makes me feel it again but like you said when you’re in the middle of it nothing anyone can say really helps. And you try with all your might to see that God has a plan for you and you have to be patient but you certainly do wonder how much more can you wait and be faithful. If it makes you feel any better know that I totally understand and was there. We were made to be friends and to help each other through this struggle. Your approach to this is so wonderful it makes me want to cry. I wish I could wave a magic wand and help get you your baby now because you will make the best mommy ever!

  2. Chelsey says:

    You don’t know me, but I happened to stumble across your blog, and this post is just what I needed to hear, so thank you for being inspired to write it! 🙂

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