Living in the waiting

I am not known to be the most patient person, especially when it comes to waiting for a new season of life to start. I want to know the how, why, where and who in advance, and not knowing these things has often left me a little anxious.

Do many Christians actually live in the time before the next chapter of their life, or do we just survive? Do we see this as a chance to grow and learn, or are we to busy trying to be God? These are important questions to think about if followers of Christ want to get more out of the time we have while waiting for our creator to show us what’s next.

Over the last 5 months some things have been made clear for my wife and I. Stuff we have been talking and praying about since we got married last year. While we are very excited about what God has revealed to us, we can see that he has only revealed some of the bigger picture. Instead of wanting to know everything now (and getting anxious at the same time), I have found myself doing things differently.

So I thought I would share 3 things that I reckon we Christians could really benefit from while waiting for what’s next.

  1. Learn about who God is, not what he can do for you. Lets be honest, we spend way to much time praying for our needs! While there is nothing wrong with asking God for help, we could benefit even more if we reflected on what he has shown us and done for us already. For me understanding that God is faithful means that he can be trusted while I wait. He stands firm
  2. Find out more about how God has wired us. Take the time to meditate on who you are in Christ and how he has made you! This is the perfect time to be thankful for your identity in Christ, and allow God to speak to you through the things you are passionate about. Your strengths and things/people that your drawn to will often point to how God wants to use you. You are Wonderfully made so its worth paying attention to what has planted in you.
  3. Witness Gods provision and answered prayer while you wait. Its one thing to think back and see where God has moved and provided in the past, and altogether amazing when your decision to be present while waiting allows you to see God’s hand working while its unfolding. It’s easy to miss but awesome to get a glimpse God is at Work.

Who we are in the waiting, prepares us for what God is getting us ready for. I really believe that the Church needs to look at waiting differently and see it as a gift from God, instead of something that gets in the way. My prayer is that your perspective on waiting will change, and that if you are currently in between, that you will be encouraged.

Thanks for reading, leave a comment if you have something to say in response or if you have found anything helpful.

 

 

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  1. I absolutely love your third point in particular… OK, well, I actually love all of them, but the third one has a sweet, personal meaning for me. One of my long-time prayer partners and I talked about 1 Samuel 7:12 and how we can set up a “stone of remembering” in our lives. It has been truly incredible during those dry or dark seasons to look back at the things the Lord has done.

    Recently, He has been reminding me of two things:(1) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, and (2) obey while I wait. Patience is not my strongest suit, either, so naturally our Father has placed me in situations that demand patience for YEARS! 😉

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    1. G’day Heather, thanks for your comment. Amen to the first part of your comment, really important for us to look back and be thankful, especially when in the dark. lol, you think you would of learnt by now right? But I get ya, except I have often prayed for patience which is a dangerous prayer if ya know what I mean. Have a great start to your week.

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  2. Your first point reminds me of Jacob, how when he first leaves Canaan he says, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God” (Gn 28:20-21) …but by the time he returns Jacob has learned who this God really is and he says, “I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant.” I think Jacob has learned that first point you make in your post, that God desires for us to know Him. Jacob realizes that God lets him struggle until he learns this valuable lesson.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

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      1. Yup, I’m hanging in there. Staying prayed up and doing the Lord’s work. Thanks for asking. I pray your week be filled with blessings, knowledge, peace and joy in Jesus name😇🙏🏽. God bless.

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  3. Great post Evad!

    I can definitely relate. I struggled with anxiety and restlessness for the longest time. I was so unsure of what God had for me next and it took all my focus. It was His mighty Word which helped me overcome. I’m reminded of Philippians 4:4-7:

    “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

    When we are restless and anxious, we should remember the Lord is near. We are not alone in our anxiety. We can trust God because He is always near to the broken and contrite. We should then take our anxieties to the Father in prayer, as well as thanksgiving. And when we do this, the Lord’s indescribable peace will fall on us, guarding our hearts and minds in Jesus name.

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