The Sacred Wait

Living in a “microwave” culture of instant gratification, many of us don’t know what waiting is really all about. Whatever we want, we get quickly and often. Many of us are upset that our Starbucks line may cause us to get our drink in 5 minutes rather than 3 minutes and that just won’t fly because we want it NOW! :) When we want to buy something we simply go online immediately to Amazon.com. We press purchase with a quick click of the mouse and have it on our doorsteps in 2 days or less. We are so accustomed to the culture of fast, now, easy and quick. Because we have been raised in a culture that has taught us the fine skill of instant gratification, the art and discipline of waiting has faded into the distant past.

If we call ourselves Jesus-followers then we aren’t called to be a part of the world’s kingdom and way of the fast life. We are beckoned to live another way, the way of God’s Kingdom, the upside down Kingdom. This Kingdom I believe includes the patient act of waiting on God to move because story after story in the scriptures reveals to us that God’s people, then and now, are often in seasons of waiting.

If I were to ask you today where in your story are you finding yourself waiting, what would you say?

Waiting for a confidant, a forever friend
Waiting for the loneliness to end
Waiting for a spouse
Waiting for a job
Waiting for financial freedom
Waiting for relief
Waiting for the cure
Waiting for an answer
Waiting to be loved
Waiting for the heartbreak to end
Waiting for the house to sell
Waiting for a precious orphan to become your child
Waiting for the reconciliation between a family member
Waiting for the baby you long to conceive
Waiting for eternity to be reunited with the love ones we’ve said goodbye to too soon
Waiting to go home and be with the King of Kings
Waiting for tomorrow
Waiting to hear, to simply just hear whispers from God, what’s next

Because we as American’s have been shaped to buck against waiting at all costs, when God allows these seasons of waiting into our lives we often fall apart and usually have a crisis of faith.

We flee waiting.
We cringe waiting.
We fight waiting.

We avoid waiting at all costs!

How do I know this?

Because I am one who has experienced my own season of waiting.

8 years ago I experienced the start of my journey in the wait, waiting to have babies. My waiting took many twists and turns and even though I am now blessed, after 6 years of waiting for my miracle twin girls, I STILL have areas I am waiting in. The waiting just never ends.

Through the seasons of waiting I have come to see it will always be a part of this life. Rather than running from it, now I choose to embrace it, for I know waiting is sacred and holy.

Suffering in the wait is real and raw, I will never diminish the pain waiting can bring but I believe, if we embrace the season of waiting, God will change us into a stronger, braver, deeper person of character.

When we let go of all control, God moves in. I think often we are unprepared for what to do when we find find ourselves in the wait. So what should our response be?

Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father.
— 1 Thessalonians 1:3 The Message

Also translated...

Your endurance inspired by Hope (NIV)
Steadfastness of hope in our Lord (ESV)
Perseverance that comes from Hope (CEB)

Steadfastness means,

English

a patient waiting, a patient sustaining.

Greek

Steadfastness = hypomenō
to stay under / undergo trials
to abide, endure, suffer behind, NOT FLEE
Bear BRAVELY and calmly

Oh these words sting…. endure, not flee, bear bravely and calmly. These are not my initial responses to waiting around for my situations to be resolved.

When we find ourselves in the hard trials of waiting it is a time to gear up for the battle with bravery, courage and anticipation for what God is going to do. It isn’t the time to lose hope, it is the time to cling to hope.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame...
— Romans 5:3-4a

And that hope will be the fire to fuel our endurance. [Romans 5:3-4a] The endurance to trust God and let go of control, hour by hour.

I don’t do this perfectly all the time, but by God’s grace when seasons of waiting come I find myself now more resilient and perseverant than ever. I often pray, “okay God, lets do this!” I know there is a journey we are about to go on and rather than flee it, I have chosen to embrace it with a deep stubbornness that we are going to fight through this together. Yes, there are still tears and struggle but I know that in this waiting season Jesus is doing FAR more than I can see in the moment and these moments are where he does his greatest work.

The sacred wait.

Where God uses waiting to change us for the better if we allow Him to.

I believe,

Waiting is holy and sacred
Waiting reveals our true heart
Waiting is surrender
Waiting is trust
Waiting is refining
Waiting is a discipline
Waiting is beautiful
Waiting in hope is allows us to see God make a way when there was none.
Waiting produces an inner confidence in the God who moves on our behalf
Waiting quiets us in stillness before God
Waiting is a race, a long grueling race, one day at a time.
Waiting feels dark
Waiting for the light makes it that much brighter when it finally dawns
Waiting in hope gives us a deeper dependency on God
Waiting pulls us in closer to God

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
— Ephesians 3:20

You may be in a season of waiting, and if so, hold on sweet friend. Don’t flee the wait Sit in it, brave, hopeful and expectant. God hasn’t abandoned you or his plan, He is right beside you comforting you in your wait.

So hang on sister, don’t stop praying with perseverance, and believe God can do the impossible, because he will!

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalms 27:14


Katie Campbell lives in Washington State with her husband Branden and precious twin miracles, Brooklyn and Eliana. Read more from Katie's heart on her blog:

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