I like to think of myself as a fairly patient person. After all I'm 43 years old and I hope that I've learned plenty of lessons on waiting. In fact, I've experienced so many times that I've had to wait for things, (things like the really big stuff; marriage, pregnancy, healing from major injuries and moving), that I thought I had this waiting thing down. Boy am I wrong.
This is a beginners guide for myself, and maybe it's for you too. Here are 3 ways to be at peace while waiting.
#1 Trust God
Maybe you thought "Be more patient" was going to be listed here, but it's not. If we trust that God has a good path for our lives then we will find ourselves at rest in that space. Patience is the by-product. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
#2 Let Go of Time
We have to throw out our concept of time. -yep, just throw it away. From the day we learned how to read a clock we've been trained to wait for a specific time to occur and then a specific event will unfold. These times at the most basic level are ingrained in our being from our early childhood; time to eat breakfast, lunch, nap, snack, play time, dinner, and time for bed. If any of these events weren't met within the time frame expected then you'd end up with an unhappy child. -and some of us as adults are still this way!
Forget the clock. The clock will set you up for disappointment when the event that you were expecting doesn't unfold.
Instead, picture time as waves on the sea shore that ebb and flow. Some waves come in faster than others and some rise higher or reach in further than anticipated catching you by suprise. This is time. It's unpredictable.
If we can let go of time and allow it to ebb and flow then we will find peace in the waiting.
#3 Worship God
Remember to continue to press into God and worship him as you are going through your waiting process. This is one of the secrets that Isaac tapped into while he was waiting for a wife. Genesis 24:63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. In this caravan of camels was his future wife, Rebekah, whom he was waiting for. He knew that there was a women meant for him but he didn't know the timing of when she would be found or when she would arrive. Worship while you are waiting.
Have you mastered waiting or are you still learning the basics like myself? I'd love to hear what YOU do to find peace while you are waiting for the big things in your life!