What’s something you’ve waited on? The feeling is indescribable when you finally get it.
But it can take a long time before that happens, and that feeling is indescribable too.
What are you waiting for right now? I’m sure something popped into your head, because we’re all waiting for something: the one, a child, that dream job, a good report from the doctor, that last credit card statement, reconciliation with a family member, or maybe a lost friend’s surrender to God.
And not only do we all have in-between times at any given point, but we usually react similarly to them. We question ourselves. We question God’s will for our lives. We question God’s goodness and timing.
We even try to get around the waiting – to skip it somehow like it’s within our control to move things along. I’ve tried that several times, and not one time did it work. It created more problems … and I still had to wait.
Control isn’t the answer. At least not over the situation. But we do have more control than we realize.
We control our reactions. We control how we talk about God during that time. Our focus. Our patience. Our surrender.
Dr. Charles Stanley has a life principle I think applies well here:
By focusing our reactions, thoughts, and emotions to Jesus and His goodness, timing, and faithfulness, perhaps we do have some influence on the situation. Because if God’s trying to accomplish a work in us, resistance will only prolong the waiting.
You may be thinking the old saying ‘easier said than done’ right now. Yeah, it is. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done though.
I’m right smack dab in the middle of waiting – for several things. I’m not the only one, so I thought it might help us all to have a little encouragement. What better encouragement than from the God of all?
I’ve compiled a list of some verses that help me during the in-between. Maybe they’ll help you too.
It amazes me that we’re waiting for something all the time, but we’re not very good at it. I guess practice doesn’t always make perfect. 😉
Waiting isn’t much fun, but I do wonder sometimes if without it what we’re waiting for would be so good.
Do you have a verse that’s really helped you in your in-between time? Be sure to share in the comments below.
Want a little more on waiting? Check out this article. 🙂