Submitting to the Wait

Waiting doesn’t feel productive, but it produces and reveals some of the most profound soul-work that needs attention.

Waiting is required for every stage of life. When you are a child you can’t wait for the moment you are “old enough”, when you are single you can’t wait to find your spouse, and when you are married you can’t wait for the journey of growing your family. 

I hate waiting and I know I’m not the only one that does. The go-getter in me wants everything done now and it has become painfully clear over the years that God doesn’t share the same sentiment. 

Waiting is difficult for me because it requires trust. I have issues as a reserved person and it takes me a while to feel comfortable around someone, let alone trust them. Aside from that, I can’t clearly see the end of the road, I don’t know what kind of obstacles lay beyond the bend in the path, and waiting often feels like standing still and doing nothing until the next steps are revealed to me. 

Waiting doesn’t feel productive, but it produces and reveals some of the most profound soul-work that needs attention. There is much to learn in the standstill and I think that by getting anxious and worked up about what isn’t happening, we miss teachable moments that are only able to be taught in stillness.  

I’m a fixer, always have been. When something goes wrong or doesn’t align with my plan, I will do whatever I can to “fix it” and get back on track. I like control, order, and stability, which crazily enough lacks in my life most of the time. If you take this principle to Scripture, you can see how God’s people handled hard seasons of wait: 

Peter tried to “fix” Jesus’s death by forbidding Him to go to the cross. 

Sarah tried to “fix” her barrenness through her maidservant, Hagar. 

Tamar tried to “fix” her worth by bearing a son through unethical and sinful behavior.

Jonoah tried to “fix” and find a way out of going to Ninivah. 

David tried to….actually, that’s what stands out to me about him, because he didn’t try to fix or do anything. Instead, he learned how to wait on God and here are some things I have learned from his story, however; read this quote by Linda Dillow: 

“David learned to wait on God in a beautiful and strong way. Like Sarah and Peter, David was a man of weakness and strength. He committed adultery and murder, but he confesssed both these sins and is called a man after God’s own heart. We learn three things about how to wait from David: wait with courage, wait in hope, and bow to God’s timeline.” 

1: Wait With Hope 

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:5, NLT)

Did you know that the Hebrew word wait means to “twist or stretch” and the idea of waiting involves the enduring of tension? So, if we look at this in plain terms, we have connection and tension. While we are in our season of waiting, we have a constant tension that keeps us connected to God. We are anxiously looking into His face, waiting for an answer, or a change in situation, while our hearts flutter anxiously. Trials give us a direct link to God and allow us to wait, watch, hope, and stretch our hearts which in the end, makes us more like Him. This is more important to God than relieving us of our immediate strife. 

2: Wait in Courage

 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14)

Waiting is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard and emotionally tiring work, and in the verse above we can draw wisdom from David as he called out to God with a warrior’s heart. Remember, he was not only a king and shepherd, but also a warrior. We can take our cue from the pep talk he seems to be giving himself here. It’s a call to battle! It is a call to go to arms and fight against the emotions warring in our spirit and come to the battlefield with the mentality of: I WILL see the will and goodness of the Lord. 

3: Submit to God’s–Not Your Own–Timeline 

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:5, NLT)

David went through some pretty horrific things, didn’t he? In fact, many of the people in the Bible went through unimaginable trials, a thought I remind myself of often as I humble my attitude towards God’s will for my life, thanking Him that my circumstances are in no way comparable to them. Whether I face a trial big or small, my response is 95% of the problem. My days are in God’s hands whether I feel like they are or not. He is in 100% control and I need to submit to His will accordingly, faithfully, and honorably. 

Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not faint.

(Isaiah 40:28-31)

The heart of a Waiter gains new strength….

They will mount up on the wings of an eagle…

Those who wait will run and not get tired… 

Those who wait walk in step with God….

Your season of wait is not in vain, and oh dear reader, what a friend we have in Jesus.  He is a friend who will walk with us through the fog, the bramble, and the mire, but will never tire of supporting us, encouraging us, and loving us. I pray that whatever season God has placed you in that you will find a way to grow in faith and move closer to His throne. 

4 Replies to “Submitting to the Wait”

  1. Have really been needing to hear this! Excellent post, Rebekah!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheyenne! That means a lot and I needed it as well which prompted the idea. 😅 ✨ Glad it blessed you, friend!

  2. Oh these are wonderful truths! thanks so much for sharing!

    1. You are more than welcome, Grace! Thank you for your sweet comment. ✨

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