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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.