Sometimes it feels that we are forever waiting for something. We have to wait in lines to make purchases of food, clothes and other merchandise. We wait in lines to enter movies, restaurants, theme parks and special attractions. In travel we wait to board airplanes, trains or ships anxious to get to our final destinations. Even in our car we wait while we are stuck in traffic praying that it begins to move again!! It just seems like all we do is wait!!
The waiting can be challenging at times and even frustrating to say the very least. Waiting can be exhausting or exciting. In life we will go through times of waiting. When a woman becomes pregnant she has to wait 9 long and very uncomfortable months before she can hold her precious child. The time of conception to birth may feel like a lifetime, but once that baby is born the time becomes irrelevant . Maybe it’s because the joy just over rides the time.
It may be like that when we are praying for change in our life! We keep praying and still not seeing any results! We can begin to think that this prayer will never be answered! Maybe I was wrong or maybe this is not God’s will for me. Our minds start to shout out “God don’t You hear me”?! The frustration builds and doubt starts to creep in trying to steal our hope.
The first thing we have to understand about time is God works in a completely different time zone! God’s time is NOT our time! Let’s think back to the pregnant woman. When she became uncomfortable as the baby grew larger, she wanted the baby to be delivered at once. Now, if God allowed the baby to come too early the baby would not be complete and might not survive. God closed up the womb, so that the baby would be sealed until the proper time of arrival.
In a very similar way, God slows down or speeds up (“seals,” if you will) our time. Yes, that does warrant the continuous act of waiting, but during this wait, God ripens each situation, so that everything is ready for its proper release. It’s written in the book of Ecclesiastes “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Knowing that God has a time for everything to be released why is waiting such a place of frustration? I believe that we are missing a key ingredient to seeing our prayers being fulfilled. In the book of Psalms David writes “Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. (Psalms 5:3 NLT)
That is the key waiting expectantly!
David was given a promise to be king, but he had to prepared for the throne. Abraham was given a promise that he would have many descendants yet he had no children. God’s promises were received by these great men of faith and they waited with expectancy! They knew God’s word would surely be done!
In this fast paced world we live in we don’t like to wait or be inconvenienced in any way. We have become spoiled children not understanding the beauty in the waiting. There are lessons and growth that is taking place during that time. Waiting is not only a necessity, but a pure blessing in disguise!
Our faith is being stretched and strengthened. Our relationship with God is increasing as we come to Him each and everyday. Our testimony is being built to encourage others “If God did it for me than He will do it for you”! Most importantly we are resting in the truth that God is in control! For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. (Hebrews 4:10 NLT).
See even God rests after His work is finished. Just believe that as you have prayed God has heard you and He is working on it. He has implanted you with a destiny and a purpose to be used at the right time. We are all pregnant carrying God’s promises. One day our water will burst open and all our promises will be birthed. So, rest and be expectant. Just remember that God’s time is always on your side!