Okay, there are lots of really hard parts about waiting, just in general. But especially when you’re waiting on something really, really good.
A year ago, I was living in a constant state of uncertainty, waiting for the word to come that my paperwork had been approved and we could start making plans to move to the Nashville area. It took another three months before that word finally came. Prior to that, she and I had been waiting for four years on… well, something. We didn’t really know what. We just had a feeling that God had something specific in the works for us, but we had to wait.
Waiting is not easy, as Gerald reminds us at least once a week.
I want the instant experience, the immediate gratification. But rarely do I get to experience that. Instead, I have to wait.
Yet, this, as I’m so quick to forget, is a gift from God—a means by which the fruit of the Spirit (specifically, patience) is nurtured in me. God does not make me wait because he is withholding anything good from me. On the contrary, God is a good Father who gives good gifts to his children. But because he is good, he doesn’t do this on our timetables or our understanding of what is “good”. He gives us what is best for us, according to his purposes.
This means that we might spend years living in a state of uncertainty from one point of view. We might wonder if we’ll ever get the job we’re hoping for, or meet the right person to marry. During this life, we’ll get some to experience and enjoy some of the things we’re waiting on, but not all. Some will be deeply satisfying, but many will fall short. Some of the things we’re waiting on, we won’t see before the new creation comes (if even there).1
The hardest part of waiting isn’t waiting. It’s knowing that waiting is the best thing for me. Because in it, he is calling us to draw near to himself, and to rely on him as our ultimate source of satisfaction, comfort, and joy.
- At which point, they won’t really matter all that much. ↵