You are not alone in that waiting place. There is comfort and clarity to be found. These are things I’ve discovered that help in the waiting season.
Live where you live.
This simply means to appreciate right where you are. Take your eyes off the finish line long enough to notice the people in front of you.
Look for the miracles around you. Acknowledge the growth that is taking place inside of you. Ask God what he’s trying to show you in this waiting part of the plan. God often works in us before working through us.
Remember that it’s all part of the plan: The start line. The running with wind in your hair. The waiting. The falls. Getting back up. These count too.
Talk to God every step of the way.
The following questions can lead to comfort, direction, and hope in the waiting season.
- Lord, is there a miracle you’re trying to perform right where I am?
- What is my assignment in this waiting season?
If you sense that you are waiting and it’s not because you’re supposed to, ask the Lord that as well.
- Is there a step you’ve asked me to take, and I’ve hesitated?
The answer may be, “Take that scary step.”
There’s no guarantee that you won’t fall or fail. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a failure. Instead, it’s a journey of faith and discovery.
You may not always hear the answers right away, but perhaps there’s one thing he’s showing you that day. Perhaps it seems small, but it’s integral to the journey. As you talk to God in each part, it takes your eyes off the timeline, the plan, and you start to see the power of his work in every part of the process.
Waiting time isn’t wasted time.
The destination of that dream isn’t what makes it “successful.” God’s plan isn’t about success or failure, it’s about obedience and listening to Him. It’s trust. It’s intimacy. Timothy Keller reminds us that our identity is never about the final destination, but being His.
You are His. You are seen. You are not just passing time in the waiting season. You are living expectantly. You are living fully. You are no longer trying to make things happen or waiting for the “if only’s” to drop in place but actively trusting in God, growing spiritually, and listening for His voice.
The waiting has the potential to teach us that God is greater, more powerful, and that the waiting season wasn’t a dry period, but an active part of the plan all along.
What is waiting for you and me in the wait?
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