I work with lots of young ladies, and for the record, they are NOT the most patient people in the world. Sweet, yes. Full of life, absolutely. But able to wait calmly on God’s take-His-sweet-time-plan? Not their strongest trait. (Or mine, either.) No matter how we feel, though, sometimes the right thing to do is easier said than done: Wait.
If we truly believe that God’s plan is best, then why would we nervously bite our nails or lie awake with anxious hearts? Just the other day, I heard a pretty revealing statement: “How we act shows what we believe.” Ouch. Yep, saying I trust the Father’s timing doesn’t mean much when my nail-chewing, no-sleeping self suggests otherwise. Waiting patiently and confidently is a much better approach. In fact, it’s downright Biblical!
So how can a daughter of God be happily patient? Well, she must realize that waiting can be an awesome scenario. Here’s what Psalm 37:7 says: “Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently on Him to act.” Did you notice the upside of hanging out with God? Being with Him–spending unrushed time in prayer and Bible reading–makes waiting a pleasant experience. (I mean, really, how can you be thinking about your problems when God is with you in the waiting room?) And besides that, He promises to take action, so you can relax knowing that even now, He’s working behind the scenes!
What exactly is God’s purpose in making you wait? For starters, He wants the perfect future for you, and sometimes the timing is not right: Maybe you need a few experiences under your belt, or perhaps He’s concocting a better plan than you ever imagined! What’s more, waiting helps us remember God’s patience with us. Can you even imagine how often He’s waited for a little appreciation? Or obedience? 2 Peter 3:9 says that “the Lord is not slow about His promises…but is patient toward you….” Thank you, God! Oh, Father, help me be patient as I wait on your promise of the perfect plan. And help me understand that you are always worth the wait.
“Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5).