Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When We Have To Wait

I was driving a work van a while back when I suddenly had to stop.  There was a pond by this nice neighborhood where geese love to hang out.  On this particular day, about 35 of them decided to take a stroll in the middle of road. 
They were in the way and I wasn't getting anywhere.  So I waited.  And waited a little more.  I just sat there, relaxed, and finally was able to move after they moved out of the road.
Sometimes in the journey of life, we come to a standstill and have to wait.  And occasionally we have to wait quite a while.  It's not always easy to do this. 
We wait on relationships to improve, job opportunities to open, financial breakthroughs to happen, and sicknesses to go away.  We wait on people to get their lives together.  And we wait sometimes on God to answer our prayers.
Believe it or not, waiting can actually be good for us.  It can cause us to slow down and appreciate the moment we're in.  And it teaches us to not live in such a hurry.  Those seasons of life when we have to wait are actually good seasons that help us grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
Are you having to wait for something right now?  Is it trying your patience?  Remind yourself that moments we wait are not wasted.  Far from it!  Instead, moments we wait are seasons where God further develops and refines us.
Hang in there!  You won't have to wait forever.  In due time, God will move the geese out of your way, and you'll be in forward motion once again. 
Finally, while you're waiting, remember these words from Psalm 27:14 - "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

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