No one likes to wait. Waiting is one of those things that you know you have to go through, but dread at the same time. It's the same whether the "wait" is on something financial, physical, emotional, or relational. Have you ever been broke, and waiting on your check? What about being excited for the birth of a child, only to have the delivery be two weeks late? Has anyone experienced hospice with a relative or watched the rapid decline in health? How about those single people longing for a mate? Waiting is a hard thing.
While waiting itself is hard, there is a process that takes place in the waiting season. The first part is the maturing that takes place in the person who waits. Waiting helps you to grow past the childhood tantrums of wanting it immediately to understanding that you have to prepare for what is to come. Preparation is the second part of the waiting season. Preparation takes place so that you can excel knowing that you are one step closer to the overall vision for your life. The third and final part is the security in knowing that God is working behind the scenes to bring your goal, your hopes, and your dreams to fruition.
So the next time you find yourself in the waiting season, ask yourself:
- How am I being matured for the overall plan?
- What preparation needs to take place so I can be ready?
- Who can I encourage by praising God in advance while I wait?
Though it gets hard, life is definitely worth the wait.