But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
This has always been a major stumbling block for me. I am a creature of convenience and I like for things to happen in and on my time. I have been able to deal with when God tells me NO; but WAIT!
2012 has been the year of my waiting; in my professional and personal life. He has been making me put in the work that is necessary so that I can be prepared for when he decides that it is time for my blessing to manifest.
There have been times that I have gotten discouraged, wondering if God will answer my prayers. Or, I would become angry when I see Him blessing others with the very thing I would like to have. How can I, as a believer, thrive in the midst of a painful season of waiting?
- Be honest with God. God doesn’t need you to put on a happy face. Confess any frustration, anger, discouragement, or bitterness. If you refuse to express your genuine feelings to Him, you won’t experience the full measure of His comfort.
- Trust that God has a purpose for His delay. While you wait, God works behind the scenes on your behalf. Give Him time to arrange every detail so you will receive His best .
- Serve the Lord. Reach out to others. Compliment a co-worker’s performance, bring a dessert to a neighbor, give a thoughtful present, or offer to pray for someone’s need. Don’t wait for God to fulfill your desire before you serve Him.
- Allow God to supply your needs. God wants us to view Him as our ultimate source. What do you feel you lack because God hasn’t met your desire yet? Ask God to supply the need, right where you are, in whatever way He chooses to do so.
- Prepare yourself for God’s answer. By preparing yourself, you accomplish two things: you demonstrate faith that God will fulfill your desire, and you prepare for success once your dream comes true.
- Look for ways to enjoy life. It’s tempting to put life on hold until God meets our hearts’ desires. But Christ’s presence is all we need to have abundant life.
- Be thankful. Would you like to feel more satisfied with life? Write a gratitude list or verbally thank God for specific blessings. You will feel happier about your current situation while you wait on your dreams.
- Find contentment in the Lord. Ask God to show you how to be content in your current phase of life. Then, when He gives you your heart’s desire, your contentment will be firmly grounded in Christ.
The Lord doesn’t want you to be miserable while you wait for your heart’s desires. Make the most of this season of life, and entrust your dreams to the One who gave them to you.
How are you handling your waiting period?