Posted by: rhenderson8110 | March 29, 2013

Praising God in the Waiting Room

Ever noticed that your time table and God’s seem to rarely match up? It seems to me we’re always ‘waiting’ for something- waiting to be done with school, waiting to get promoted, waiting to buy a house, waiting to have children, waiting, waiting, waiting! And then it struck me that if so much of my life is spent waiting then maybe God has a purpose for that. What am I supposed to learn in the interim phases of life? 

Often I find that when I am wallowing in the waiting it is helpful for me to recapture a proper perspective. It is so easy for us to think we are isolated cases- that no one else is experiencing this and that we are all alone. This just simply is not true. God gave us SO many examples in the Bible; our job is to find those stories that apply to our season of life. Consider the following biblical characters and the seasons of ‘waiting’ that they went through:

  • Abraham waited twenty-five years before his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child.
  • Joseph slogged through thirteen years of betrayal, false imprisonment, and abandonment before assuming the leadership of Egypt.
  • Moses spent forty years tending sheep before God called him as a deliverer of His people.
  • David spent fourteen years before the throne of Israel would be his.
  • And in Jesus’s own ministry, he often told his disciples “My hour has not yet come.”
    (Source: http://michaelhyatt.com/what-to-do-while-you-are-waiting.html)

It seems that God has a purpose for placing us on hold sometimes. It is so easy to think that because I don’t see anything happening in my life that God has forgotten about me. Maybe while I think nothing is happening, God is orchestrating everything to fall exactly into place. Consider this from Habakkuk: ‘Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it” (Habakkuk 1:5, NLT). 

So what can we do while we’re in the waiting rooms of life??

1. Prepare your hands.
If you’re single waiting to get married- devote yourself to preparing to be a husband or a wife. Have you researched what God will require of you? Have you cataloged the scriptures that will help you if He does call you to be married? If you’re waiting on a promotion then make it your mission to hone in your interviewing skills, take classes to enhance your marketability, and update your resume. Waiting to begin a family? There is SO much material out there! Fertility, taking care of children, motherhood, discipleship, etc. You could also focus on laying a sturdy foundation for your marriage before having children.Whatever the next phase of life is- there is much you can do to physically prepare yourself for success in it!

2. Prepare your heart.
Every new phase of life will challenge us, stretch us and hopefully grow us. In order for something new to produce positive change in us we must prepare. We cannot expect to succeed without preparation. Basically, when we’re in a waiting room we should do anything but wait. I think part of preparing my heart for the next phase is asking myself if I would submit to God regardless of what the next phase is. If I don’t get what I want- how will I react? Am I actively ‘learning to be content where I am?’ There is much preparation in my heart and in my mind that must be done. I must let God work out the hardened spots within me. It is most often then, at this point, that He allows me to move forward.

Until God opens the next door for you, praise Him in the hallway. ~ Unknown

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  1. Sweetie, this is incredible. The message just really spoke to me at this time in life. Awesome insights! I’m so proud of you!


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