Often I have had my children ask for something they need or want. Sometimes they need materials for a school project. Other times it is a pair of boots as the weather grows colder. Still other times they just want their Mom to sit with them and play a game because she is always studying.
In each instance there is a period of waiting that they have to endure. Children, especially young ones have the tendency to want everything right now. Telling a six-year-old that you have to study when their homework takes about five minutes doesn’t add up to them.
So they wait, and then they peak their head in the door asking, “Can we watch Brave now?” Or, “Mom when are we going to get my boots?” Or, “Hey Mom that project is due December 4th and I gotta get it done. When are you doing to get the stuff from the store?”
So in the waiting I promise them that we are going to watch the movie as soon as I am done writing the paper. That we will go get the boots when their Dad is not working, and that I promise I will not forget to get your project materials.
Then about ten minutes later here they come again. The suspense is killing their patience. The wondering on whether or not I will come through on the promises is eating at their ability to wait.
I think often times when we are waiting on God the fear of the unknown and the times when someone didn’t do what they said they would do kills our patience. It eats at our ability to wait on the Lord.
Determining to lay our requests down at His feet, refusing to pick them up, and to wait for Him to come through is something we all struggle with. However, there is a way to wait that acknowledges there is still a need, yet we know what His promise is. Unlike man God is not a liar. GOd doesn’t forget and then have to say I am sorry. He is a God of perfect timing.
My nine-year-old is a chronic worrier so I am sure she will come home today and ask me when I am headed to the store. I will respond with, “What did Mommy tell you?” This will reassure her that I remember, and reminds her that I am still aware she is waiting.”
Our attitude of gratitude during the wait not only thanks God for what He will do, but reassures us of His promises. When what you are waiting for seems to be hounded you in your thoughts take the time to say, I know God that you are faithful. I know that you have not forgotten me, and I expect that you will come through just as you always have. Repeat the promise from His word to yourself.
This is the way in which the waiting makes us aware of Him. In the wait we recognize that scripture tells us to wait on the Lord. Just knowing that the Lord is present with us will kill the anxiety of the waiting, and the fear of the unknown.
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.
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV