Posted by: Anne | December 4, 2010

I Hate the Wait

I Hate the Wait

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” James 5:7-8

Nothing is more miserable than sitting on a plane on the ground for extended periods of time.

Recently this happened. We were one of the last planes allowed to land before the operations of the Chicago airport were shut down. Because they had canceled all departures hours before, every gate was occupied and there was nowhere for ours to deplane. And no one knew when our situation would change.

When we looked out the window we could see the terminal. Because we were so close yet we couldn’t reach our goal, frustration began to mount. I got antsy and began to squirm. I was tired, hungry, and mentally miserable, but I couldn’t do anything about it. There were no options. There was no relief. I had to sit and wait until they found a way for us to escape our temporary prison.

As I revisit the emotions that accompanied my “time out”, I am well aware of the fact that timing is important to me. I can handle anything for a short amount of time, but when it seems like it is never going to end, I start to come undone.

That is also true of some of the people that I have known in the past. When circumstances aren’t perfect and the challenges multiply, they start to get uncomfortable, but what intensifies their troubles is that there is no end in sight. Many of them knew that God was good and He had promised to be with them and help them overcome, but because they didn’t know how long the wait was going to be, they struggled.

At different times in our lives, we all feel as if we are doing nothing other than waiting. We don’t feel it is fair and we wonder if God has forgotten about us. When those times come, I want to remind you that God is right there next to you, and He is working on your behalf. He is fighting your unseen battles and arranging things so you can experience the abundant life that He has promised. When it gets tough, let me remind you that you are not alone and, if nothing else, you can pray and be assured that God will come and spend time with you. At the very least, that makes the wait a little easier to swallow.

Be patient and know that He is God.

Waiting is never fun. Is there one time in your life you felt you have had to wait too long for an answer or for some resolution? How did that turn out? Would you have done anything different?

Are there certain things (i.e. relationship, answers to certain questions, etc…) that you hate waiting for? Make a list of those things and pray specifically about them. Tell the Lord that you are willing to trust Him.

(Source: – used with permission.)

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