Part 1 if you missed it: Waiting with patience
Well I said I would continue this study and here I am with part 2. In my last post I said “I’m determined that in this period of waiting I’m going to wait with patience. Unless the wait turns into six months, then I might lose the plot a tiny bit.” Well update: it’s currently been five months, I’m still waiting and… I haven’t lost the plot!
If you didn’t read part 1, I’m currently waiting for a role and salary review at work and trying to be patient about it. Waiting seems to be a bit of a theme for me this year as we are also waiting to move out of our crummy one bedroom house.
During this time I have been searching the bible for the secrets to waiting patiently. I shared a couple of things I had found last time but I have had a more in depth look since then.
The thing that has really stood out to me the most, is that waiting should be an active thing. I think the reason that I have found waiting for things so hard in the past is that I have viewed it like the kind of waiting you’d do at the doctors before your appointment. The kind where where you sit in the waiting room mindlessly scrolling on your phone or flicking through magazines, glancing at the clock every two seconds to see how much time has passed. It’s very easy to feel impatient if you are sitting around doing nothing.
Hebrews 6:12 says, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.
And Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us”.
Jesus also tells us through his parable in Luke 19:13, “Occupy till I come.”
Finding things to do to keep my mind off the wait has helped me so much. If you are in a period of waiting, look for something to occupy yourself with in the mean time. Learn something new, plan a holiday, throw a party. Give yourself some other little things to look forward to.
As part of my study I also read about people in the bible who had to wait an exceptionally long time for things. In fact, some of these people reached the end of their lives and still hadn’t received what they were waiting for:
Hebrews 11:13: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
I think my favourite is the example of Sarah. She was 90 before she was able to have her son and she had even passed the age of child bearing when he was conceived. The idea of waiting that long is so hard to fathom, especially when I struggle to wait even half a year for something.
We need to remember that God’s timeline is different to ours. God sees beyond this current life and we should try and do that too. While it may seem like we have been waiting a really long time for something, it doesn’t take long for things to change. God can make things happen in an instant. Like my Dad said to me once, “You never know what’s just around the corner”, and from 1 Corinthians 15:52 we know that when Christ returns, it’s only going to take the “twinkling of an eye” for everything to change.
As I was reading through the story of Abraham and Sarah, a verse popped out at me from off the page and that was Genesis 15:1:
“… the word of the Lord came to Abraham in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward”.
This relates closely to Colossians 1:11-12 that I mentioned in part 1. We already have the greatest gift that there is to receive. We have God on our side and the hope of His kingdom. Sometimes when we are in the thick of waiting for something we really want, we can forget how much we have already been given.
I know it sounds like the most cliché thing ever, but thinking about everything you have already been blessed with and being thankful to God for those things can help during the waiting period as well.
The final thing I want to talk about is prayer. Prayer can be so powerful in times of waiting. See how Hannah’s countenance is changed after she prays to God to ask Him for a child:
1 Samuel 1: 18: “So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.”
Your prayers may not be answered straight away, but Jesus tells us through a parable in Luke 18 that we should be persistent in prayer.
Verse 1: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”; verse 7: “shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”
The unjust judge heard the widow – God will hear you.
Well I hope that if you are in a period of waiting that these points will help you at least a little bit. And if you thought this was too long and couldn’t be bothered reading it all, perhaps you have skipped to the bottom. If that’s the case, my three takeaway points were:
- Keep yourself occupied
- Be thankful for your current blessings
- Don’t give up on prayer
I hope you get what you are waiting for soon 🙂
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he
shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
~ Psalm 27:14
P.S Just after I finished writing this, I came across this quote that someone shared on instagram that was too relevant to not include: