What to Do While You’re Waiting

This is a guest post by Daniel Darling. He is Senior Pastor of Gages Lake Bible Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Hs is also the author of iFaith: Connecting With God in the 21st Century. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter or Facebook. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

If there is one thing people in our generation hate to do, it is to wait. And why should we? We can Google questions rather than wait for an answer. We can order shoes online rather than suffering the long weekend lines at the retail store. We can even book reservations ahead of time rather than waiting for a table at our favorite establishment.

Girl in a Waiting Room - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/dra_schwartz, Image #7858250

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/dra_schwartz

But God doesn’t operate any faster in the twenty-first century than He did in the first. And so while we rush ourselves, we can’t rush God. In fact, much of life is spent waiting.

  • Waiting for a response to a book proposal
  • Waiting to hear from a potential employer
  • Waiting for a medical diagnosis

While our natural inclination is to hate waiting, this period of uncertainty can actually be a time of great personal growth. Here is are three lessons I learned in the “Waiting Room” of life:

  1. Recognize that God is in control, even when it seems He has forgotten you. I love the words to the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk:

    Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it” (Habakkuk 1:5, NLT).

    Often when it seems nothing is happening is when everything is happening behind the scenes. You just can’t see it.

    For a few years, I felt God calling my wife and me to another ministry, but it seemed every door was closed. At times I grew restless and wondered if I had fallen into some kind of Godless abyss. What I didn’t see was the circumstances God had to work out in order to put me where I am today, senior pastor of a growing church.

    The machinery of God’s sovereignty was at work, unbeknownst to me.

  2. Renew your faith in God’s quiet, steady providence. A few years ago, my wife and I were waiting on several important family and career developments. To quell my anxiety, I did a study on waiting in the Scriptures. I was amazed to find that every major figure in the Bible was forced to wait long periods of time before God brought them to a place of success.
    • Abraham waited twenty-five years before his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child.
    • Joseph slogged through thirteen years of betrayal, false imprisonment, and abandonment before assuming the leadership of Egypt.
    • Moses spent forty years tending sheep before God called him as a deliverer of His people.
    • David spent fourteen years before the throne of Israel would be his.
    • And in Jesus’s own ministry, he often told his disciples “My hour has not yet come.”

    Waiting is not incidental to faith. Waiting is the DNA of faith.

  3. Redeem your time in the waiting room of life. A few years ago, my wife endured some terrible health challenges. So I’ve literally spent hours in waiting rooms all over Chicagoland. This was before the age of iPhones, so I was forced to read three-year old magazines with outdated information. I hated that.

    We often do that in our own waiting periods. So anxious are we for that “next step,” we languish in despair. But James 1:4 reminds us to “let patience have her perfect work.”

    Times of uncertainty and doubt are useful periods in which we can draw into God, hone our skills and prepare for the time when that big promotion comes.

    • A single man or woman should ready him or herself for marriage while he is single by reading good relationship books.
    • A future employee can get a leg-up on the position he covets by taking a few extra college classes or reading important books on leadership.
    • A writer might continue to hone his craft while he’s waiting the big contract.

View your time in the Waiting Room as a season of growth and development and you’ll find you’ll be that much more ready for your moment on the stage.

A final thought: Waiting for answers can be one of the most grueling seasons of life, but with the proper perspective, you may look back as you’re most formative.

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  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    Wait. In our day, it comes close to being a four letter word, yet God uses it quite often in my life. As I wrote my Bible study, self published it and now have it in my hands ( http://www.leahadams.org/2006/01/point-ministries.html ), I asked God, “what now? what will you do with it?, what will you do with me because of it?” His consistent answer has been, “Wait and trust.” And so I do.

    I’ve lived enough years and tried to help God out enough times (I seem to have a Mrs. God badge that I try to wear all too often) to know that I just need to be obedient to what He asks.  When He says ‘wait’, I try to press into Him more and more through Bible study and prayer. It is in the seeking of His will that I really find the true treasure…..HIM!!

    • Anonymous

      I have that Mrs. God badge too! Must be multiple copies out there. That thing can get us into trouble! 

      • Chozn4u

        I agree. That Mrs. God badge has cost me a lot of pain, embarrassment, and time because after trying to help God out, he put me back at square one where I’ve had to start trust him all over again. So now I’m just reading and praying which is all I can do.

    • http://www.walkingthewildpath.blogspot.com Ann Wilds

      I love the picture of the Mrs. God badge. Often, I try to wear it myself. My visual is usually one of God in the driver’s seat and my climbing over from the back saying, “I’ve got this now” and taking the wheel from Him. Chances are if I really tried that in a fast moving car it would crash and burn so why do I expect life to be anything less? With me at the wheel, sooner or later I will crash and burn but God is a master driver. He can drive at break-neck speeds on twisty, turning roads with closed eyes and all will be well.   

    • Melissa – Mel’s World

      Good stuff Leah! Love your heart! ~ Melissa

  • http://byrdmouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    For 30 years I prayed that God would hurry up and grant me patience. Well, he did.

    Praying gets me through lots of waiting. Right now I’ve been waiting three weeks for an answer on a pretty major issue. As often as I think about it I give it to God and go on.

    • http://twitter.com/cheetosrapper Dan Greegor

      Well put.

    • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

      I like the picture you painted of bringing the issue before God as it comes to mind – without this constant acknowledgment of His sovereignty in the situation,  you might be tempted to try to force His hand. Keep lifting it to the throne of grace!

    • Gjjgggggggggg

      MAYBE BECAUSE PRAYING DOES NOTHING LURPDADERP

  • Anonymous

    Loved reading this first thing in the morning. Thanks for posting. I am actually in the middle of all three of the examples you used.

    I am waiting to hear back on my book proposal while there are days I haven’t been able to get out of bed longer than a few hours because of some health issues. And at the same time, waiting to hear back from some other great writing opportunities.

    This season of my life isn’t going as I had expected, but has God ever grown me. Words can’t describe. I have had to be completely dependent on Him for EVERYTHING and some days it gets hard when my flesh wants to take care of things myself. But His gentle whisper usually reminds me that I am in His hands and He will provide. 

    Have an awesome day!

    • Melissa – Mel’s World

      Sundi Jo, I  am so thankful for you…you are such a blessing to so many! So glad you keep on keeping on even in the waiting! :)

      • Anonymous

        Thank you so much for the kind words Melissa. You’re awesome!

    • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

       I think it is in the seasons of life that are least like what we thought they would be that we learn and grow the most. In times of comfort and ease, we tend to rely too quickly on ourselves.

      • Anonymous

        You’re completely right. I have learned SO much through this season. 

    • Chozn4u

      ” it gets hard when my flesh wants to take care of things myself”.

      I’ve passed the stage of wanting to take care of things myselfe or trying to help God. I’m just at the point now where I want him to just come through and get me out of the game of waiting. I wonder why he won’t do it but I dare not tamper with his plans cause he will whip me for that.

    • Beeeee

      Hmmm! Your comment mirrors what I feel. I have to wait on God totally tho I never thought things would turn out this way but am believing he has greater plans for me……………..stay strong all.

  • David Adeola

    Waiting is a very difficult process for anyone as I have been waiting for 7 years now to enter fully into my destiny.  I have spent the time preparing, writing sermons, teaching and even writing a book (finished now and looking for a publisher). It has not been easy financially as I have been unable to get a full time job! Thank you for this encouraging article that gives me the confidence to wait knowing he is working things out for my good and ultimately for his purposes! Shalom

    • Anonymous

      David, sundijo, I’m glad you were encouraged. One of the things that has helped me is to try to keep busy during the waiting period. Not a anxious, biting-my-fingernails busy but to invest myself in people and projects that stretch me. 

      • Anonymous

        Good plan. Investing in the lives of others takes the focus off us. 

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        Agreed!

    • Jmhardy97

      I agree!

      Jim

  • Bcole39

    I’m currently waiting for God’s release from one assignment in order to move on to the next opportunity before me.

  • Jviola79

    Thanks for sharing this blog today. Waiting is so hard. Even when you are waiting on something to happen for someone else, which is where I am this morning. This post brought back to my mind a statement I once heard:

    “God is the God of time as well as of timing.”

    That puts it all into perspective for me.

    • http://twitter.com/cheetosrapper Dan Greegor

      “God is the God of time as well as of timing.” That is so powerful to me right now. Thanks for posting.

    • http://www.paulawhidden.wordpress.com Paula

      You hit that nail perfectly!  Being okay in the waiting room means trusting God’s timing.  It’s like when our kids ask over and over for something we’ve already purchased but haven’t yet given.  We know the plan.  We know we want to give it and when.  In their frustration and lack of knowledge they beg and yell and cry.  But the gift is coming, at the proper time.

      • Jviola79

        Paula, I like how you said it, “the gift is coming, at the proper time”. Our God knows exactly what He is bringing about in our lives.

    • Jmhardy97

      I supervise hundreds of associates and to teach them the importance of timing is a very hard thing to do. No one wants to wait for anything today.

      Jim

  • blessings gundani

    reading the word of God,praying and fasting in faith.

  • Karen Jordan

    Good Word for the waiting room: ” … the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves … and keeps us present before God.That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:26-28 MSG).

    • Anonymous

      Jviola79, that’s a great statement. I’ll need to remember that. Karen, great verse and I especially like the way the Message paraphrase fleshes it out. Definitely a verse to tack up somewhere to help us cultivate patience. 

    • Jmhardy97

      Very well said Karen. Thank you for sharing that message from Romans.

      Jim

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com Patricia Zell

    Isaiah 40:31 says it well, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Waiting is a huge part of the baptism of fire because it takes time for God to help us sort through our lives as He seeks to set us free from all the loss, death, and destruction that our enemy has brought into our lives and into our world. If we continue to patiently wait on the Lord, He will bring His will to pass in our lives and we will be conformed into the image of His dear Son and our big brother.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

      I love that verse in Isaiah. The Lord is kind to work in our lives when we’re patience, and when we’re not. 

  • http://jasonfountain.blogspot.com Jason Fountain

    This topic hits me hard. I have been married to the love of my life for two and a half years, but, wow, did I have to wait for her. I did not get married until I was 37. When I think back to the time that I “wasted” while “waiting” on my wife, it makes me a little sad. I’ve lived a good life, but I know in my mind I was waiting for my wife to really feel as if I was “living.” But, I also know that God grew me more into the man that He wanted me to be during this time. Was it easy? Not at all. But, from my vantage point now, I would have waited another ten years for my wife!

    My “waiting” hero is Joseph. I love, love his story. Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian in NY City) has a wonderful 4-part series on Joseph that is life-transforming (you should look it up). You can read Joseph’s story and forget his “waiting” periods. But, it continually says, “and God was with Joseph.” Why do we forget this? God has a purpose and plan much greater for all of us than we can ever imagine. It’s believing and “waiting” on His timing that is so difficult.

    Thanks for the great post, Daniel. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Anonymous

      Jason, I love the story of Joseph and I’m a big fan of Tim Keller’s preaching. It is easy to forget how long Joseph waited for God to fulfill his dream. Most of us would crumble under the weight Joseph endured. 

    • Jmhardy97

      Jason,

      If you did not read Michael’s post yesterday on the friendship between husband and wife, please do so. You will enjoy it.

      Jim

  • Joan Brookins

    I spent 25 years in the Navy, there were periods of waiting in that time. I learned to always have a training manual, Bible, magazine, craft, word puzzle, or something to occupy my mind and hands.

    In this next phase of life, my husband is going to school to be a minister. I’ve become a collector of information that might be useful in preaching, teaching and counselling. Just the other day I was in a waiting room and had a knitting project and a book on marriage with me. We celebrate 20 years next month, soon our nest will be empty, both of our children graduate next year.

  • Gary Judd

    “Waiting is the DNA of faith.”. That is a great thought. I didn’t see this connection as clearly before reading your post. Thanks for the insight.

  • Dana Byers

    I’m resting and fighting the temptation to create opportunities to work so that I don’t miss out on God’s next step for me when He reveals it.

    • Melissa – Mel’s World

      I love that Dana…”I’m resting and fighting the temptation to create opportunities”…oh my can I relate to that too, learning more and more every day to lay it down and leave it down.

      • Catman12

        How will we know if not actually trying to find work is just being lazy and God really wanted to put us in a particular job. I am going through a huge financial crisis and no job. I do believe ministry is what God wants but what am I to do in the interim. How do we know if God wants us to work. I am trying to be patient, but mortage payments are still required.Any suggestions

    • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

      I’m currently in a “holding pattern” as well – waiting for God to lead, and trying hard not to jump ahead. Something beautiful is coming… I just have to wait on His timing!

  • StephanieinLexington

    Read scripture, swim and ride my bicycle, write/journal, and remember all of the things for which I can be thankful–what God has already done in my life, and that He promises more than I ask and imagine.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Patience is one of the hardest things in life to endure. In our instant gratification culture, we want things NOW. I just came back from Don Miller’s Storyline conference. I have a lot of ideas that I want to implement, but each one will take time, effort… and patience. One of the best ways to use this waiting time is to plan things out, set a time for completion, and work through things one day at a time. Michael’s Life Plan document is a great place to start.

  • Chineduvin

    This is  indeed true of life endeavors. As Christians we need the Holy Spirit to help us live a life pleasing to God in this jet age. Thanks for the topic.   

  • Jill

    Waiting on God is the hardest thing to do most of the time….

  • http://markjmartin.com Mark Martin

    Very helpful post.  Thank you!

  • Lou Henkel

    Praying and seeking God. Having family prayer and bible studies. Serving others around us. My family and I have always done everything together pray, eat do community service, go on short term mission trips and so on. We have seen God do some great things in others around us and in our lives. We have also felt God was going to move us into full time missions. We realized that we were in full time missions everyday and our life speaks out loud and strong a message and to be patience and “Wait” and God will do great things in His time. This is new to me writing out and responding this way so thanks for your blog I am learning new things everyday.

    • Anonymous

      Lou, you hit the nail on the head, as did John and Joan. The key is to keep trusting, keep busy, keep seeking the Lord even when it seems He’s not doing anything. One of the things that has helped me greatly is to remember that the answer I’m waiting for won’t make me a more complete person. God loves me as I am, with or without the “thing” I’m waiting for. 

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    As mentioned in #2, we often forget how long many of these biblical figures really had to wait for things.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

      So true. 

  • http://www.lifebeyondsport.com Stephanie

    I read these verses this morning from Psalm 62:

    “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken…

    Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him, 
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” (v. 1-2, 5-6)

    And then I saw this post. Guess God is driving his point home to me this morning! 

    I’ve noticed in my waiting that when I focus on what I’m waiting for, anxiety rises up within me and I begin grappling to find some kind of control. I experience no peace, just restlessness. 

    But when I fix my eyes on the Lord by meditating or memorizing scripture or listening to praise music, my anxiety fades. I’m able to stand knowing that he has my best in mind regardless of whether I get what I’m waiting for or not. It’s a battle to keep my heart and mind focused on him, but Isaiah 26:3 always rings true: “You will keep at perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”

    • Anonymous

      Stephanie, it’s amazing how often the Psalms speak of waiting, isn’t it? But doesn’t it help to know that the waiting isn’t wasted, that it is part of the faith journey. I think sometimes we think the waiting doesn’t “count” as faith. Good word. 

    • Jmhardy97

      Stephanie,

      Thank you for sharing those verses. I have a journal that I write down special verses that I need to memorize and I will surely add those.

      Jim

    • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

      Well said. Our focus affects how we feel while we wait. 

  • Teisha

    Praying, staying focused on the things I’ve been assigned to do. And doing it with JOY!!!

    Thanks,  and God Bless :))))))))

  • Ann

    Your waiting may NOT be for something better, like a promotion or better job, it might be to be homeless.  Trusting God and waiting for Jesus meant crucifixition.  What Jesus promised is not better things in this world (actually He warned us to expect the worst)  - what we are promised is the next world – the one where we quit thinking we understand good or evil (original sin) or how things “should” be.    The world where God is GOD and people quit trying to be.

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Ann, that’s a helpful reminder. Sometimes we think God “owes” us the answer. It could be He is saying no to us in order to build our character. 

  • Joanne

    waiting, it’s so hard to do.  Prayer pulls me thru these difficult times, Use waiting to grow closer to God.  He has a huge purpose for us in our times of waiting: having patience can reap huge rewards from him.  It’s in his time frame not ours

  • http://www.kristyblogs.com/ Kristy K

    I’m learning that waiting time is not wasted time. It’s okay if I’m not constantly accomplishing or achieving. I’m being refined right now.

    Great post!

  • Anonymous

    As I was contemplating this post, I was reminded of the saying that my step-fathers says, “If you pray for patience God will give you lots of chances to exercise it.”  That was one of the great quotes that lead me to the understand of the awesome control of God that I neither have nor can comprehend.  I have found that in times of waiting, I reflect more upon the Word of God and that it gives me solace in my time of patiently waiting.  When I do not do this, the wait is unbearable.  At the same time, I had to recognize that patiently waiting for some things allowed for the realization that what I was waiting for was not what God wanted for me and this helped me to realize that I could let it go of it instead of continually waiting for something that I was never intended to get.  At the same time, when I recognize these things, I realize that there are things that I can do to help me get past the waiting time.  I continue to read, I have groups and ministries that I work with.  I find things that help me to continue to do God’s work while I wait, but at the same time give me satisfaction in the waiting.

  • Jlyle

    I go through my prayer list and pray for each person and situation. I don’t feel rushed and can have really good conversations and quiet time with God.

  • http://twitter.com/andreayorkmuse Andrea York

    Great question. Whenever I’ve been in a waiting period, I go back to Psalm 46:10, Be still and know I am God. Know is the Hebrew word yada which means to have carnal knowledge (among other meanings). Carnal knowledge bears fruit (children). So I cease striving, am still before God and rest in him and while I do that, it bears fruit.

    12 years ago, I asked the Lord a question and it’s only know that my question is bearing fruit. In the interim, I pursued God through intense Bible study. In the process, I began to ‘know’ God so that the fruit could be established.

  • Joyfrye

    Thank you for your post. In the past few years God has been teaching me how to wait. I always wanted to “jump ahead”. Just like the end of a book. I would read the last page first. Start a magazine from the back. But now I take it one day, one step at a time. Most recently when I moved into the waiting stage I was directed to keep moving while waiting. I am volunteering with the homeless while waiting for direction.

  • Anonymous

    Just spoke on this before my vacation…”if you find yourself in God’s waiting room, listen with expectancy for Him to call your name.”

  • http://BrentFielder.com Brent Fielder

    Michael:  You have no clue how badly I needed to be reminded of this right now.  I wrote  a post about this a while ago from a quote I heard from @JonAcuff:twitter yet as much as I hear this truth and know this truth, I tend to be very impatient.  As I jokingly (with a lot of seriousness) say, I always feel as though I am “26 going on 70.”

    Right now as I wait, I am making the decision “to do what I do know to do – the best that I know how to do it.” My post on this issue: http://brentfielder.com/2010/10/28/25-going-on-70-a-lesson-from-jon-acuff/ 

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Brent, that was a great post and a great word by Jon Acuff. We want everything right now, but are we really read for it? We’re not. God puts us through the wilderness so that when we are in that “big moment” we actually have something to contribute. Could Joseph have led Egypt well without having gone through the layers of difficulty? And same with David, Moses, etc. 

  • Kristina

    The Psalms are full of admonitions to wait on the Lord and have been a great encouragement to me when the temptation to just “do something” tried to move me from God’s command to quietly wait.  Also, Andrew Murray’s book Waiting on God is a gem.  It’s in the public domain and free at http://www.wordsearchbible.com.

    • Wanda Jeanne

      Peace Kristina, I am so grateful for your presence in this list of wise words on waiting. And, I thank God for you sharing this book. It is a gem indeed! My joy overflows and waits only and continually on God! May your blessings come upon you and overtake you unceasingly!

  • Tarrus Crew

    Such a timely, encouraging reminder. Great start to my day! Thank you…encouraged :)

  • Melissa – Mel’s World

    Waiting…and waiting…and waiting. It is so hard to do in our immediate world, but it has been through the waiting that God has revealed some of the most amazing truths to me. I had to turn a “switch” in my brain that said waiting was a passive thing to make myself realize that waiting is really an action word. So now…I wait, in action, to see what God is getting ready to show me.

    Thank you for your insight…I love seeing other people’s view on waiting. It’s never easy, I’ll grant you that, but your points were right on.

    Have a great day!
    ~ Melissa

  • George Petak

    Thank you for your insightful and encouraging post this morning, Michael.  While waiting on the Lord for His wisdom and direction in the next chapter of my (our) service to Him, I have been reading His Word and a number of good, challenging, faith-stretching books — and praying with my wife and many friends and family members for clarity and peace while in His waiting room.   

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Melissa, you’re right. I found that God revealed the most to me when I was waiting for something, during those times of uncertainty. Honestly those are the times where we have nothing to cling to except for God. 

  • Nathan

    Thanks for this post.
    While I am waiting I am doing the “next things” that God puts before me each day.

  • George Petak

    Thanks to Daniel, too, for his excellent guest post this morning.

  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    During my seasons of waiting, I reflect on Scripture, talk with friends and family, read (a lot), and know that I am not in control…God is.

  • http://writerinterrupted.com Gina Conroy

    I move on to something else! There’s plenty to do and lots of stuff to wait on!!

  • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

    Great Article Daniel,

    I actually blogged about this today to on my Seven Sentence website…  http://wp.me/p1xtdt-1fG Waiting  for me is always an opportunity to learn or to grow. But even then the impatience that comes with waiting (and the solution) is born out of a self absorption.

    I don’t like to wait (life is all about me) etc. What am I supposed to learn? What can I do while I wait?I think “waiting” becomes less of a concern when we don’t live so much for ourselves?

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Geoff,

      Just read your post. Great stuff and I love the Seven Sentences blog. 

      • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

        Thanks Dude… appreciate it.

  • Jlynady

    Great Post. And there’s a difference between patiently waiting and resignation. No doubt.

  • http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com Gina Burgess

    It seems every week or so God has been giving me a message — “Wait, Gina. Something good is happening even though you can’t see it yet.”

    I love the poem “Wait” by Russell Kelfer. Every time I get impatient (I get that way very frequently) God reminds me of this poem http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com/2005/09/wait.html. I also know why God has kept me from memorizing it. When I read it, somehow the written words have a calming for my soul. And God reminds me of Psalm 150 written there are the wonderful things we praise Him for and I am reduced to my place just like Job when God ask him, “Where were you when I set the world in place? How was I able to do that without your help?”

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thats great insight Gina! As Psalm 121:1-2 proclaims, I will boldly and gladly  say that “I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

      • http://refreshmentrefuge.blogspot.com Gina Burgess

        Oh, yes, Uma! We can’t do anything without Him, but through Him we can do all things. Isn’t it amazing how scripture bubbles up to prove points? And Jesus said, “It is written…” which shut up the Devil. Amen.

  • Klmead

    My husband and I were called to be missionaries almost 13 years ago.  It was hard to wait, but wait we did, almost 11 years until we were allowed to go full-time.  We spent our time praying for the country we were lead to, along with proclaiming God’s word over that country.  We also made many short-term mission trips to Russia while we waited for the call to full time.  In December of last year, I was  finally able to move full-time.  My husband will be joining me after my vacation in the US this summer!  YEAH GOD!!!!!

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Klmead,

      Wow, that is perseverance and patience. I’m inspired by your devotion to
      God’s calling as a missionary. We’ll be praying for your work in Russia. God
      bless you.

  • Christiannw

    I carry a pocket sized Bible in my car. If I’m in a waiting room it is my reading material rather than old or gossipy magazines. If I’m waiting on an answer from God, I make sure I’ve done everything I can do and then I leave it in His hands. If it is immediately important (to me) then I ask Him to answer so that there is no doubt or question in our mind. His timeline isn’t always in sync with ours since He is working in an Eternal timeframe.
    Patience is the key word. Paul besought God 3x for an affliction he had, yet had to adapt to living with it so that God, not Paul, would receive the praise.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s true! That’s the privilege we have as believers.

  • Tbraschler

    The best quote and advice my mother ever gave me during the time when I wrestled with a call into ministry.  She handed me a card with the quote from Thomas Edison that read ” Blessed is he who hustles while he waits.” 

    I didn’t understand the meaning until she explained.  Just as God has a vision and plan for us, and passionately has it laid out before us, he also expects us to do our part.  Too often we give an unknown to God and sit back to wait for him to strike the ground with thunder and lightening and an answer.  She said, “What could you be doing to prepare yourself for God’s answer?  Maybe the answer is actually waiting on you?  If God were to bring an answer to your dilemma, would you be ready to receive it?” 

    That piece of advice on Sunday, February 28, 1988 forever changed my view of “patience and waiting,” calling me to be faithful and hustling in preparation for God’s powerful answer.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’s a great perspective Tbraschler. Thanks.

  • James Short

    I find this topic quite timely.  Thanks very much Daniel for writing and Michael for allowing it on your blog.  I was reminded of Isaiah’s words:

    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks for the verse James!

  • http://twitter.com/eccle0412 Jackie Anderson

    Timely, starting the first day of a new job after being at for 3 yeasr home (schooling teens and a new degree).  IN a msg from my pastor this week, Joshua, charged by God, tell the people to wait 3 days.  For the salvation of Rahab and fam.  He added, as believers we are waiting.  Romans 8:25 etc…waiting for the return of Christ!  “At a Starbucks I was asked to wait a moment” the pastors reply was “that is what my life is about, waiting”.  Come Lord Jesus, but if not today, help us wait eagerly!

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Every phase in our life could have a greater purpose than we could imagine or understand. It’s upto us to discern well.

  • http://twitter.com/cheetosrapper Dan Greegor

    A timely post for me. Seasons of waiting may be difficult but even winter gives way to spring.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Yup! Surely there will be calm after storm.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gambill4 Beck Gambill

    I’m finding this to be so true in my own life. My husband, a worship pastor, and I  are  in the process of waiting on God for our next assignment in ministry. It is grueling, financially taxing and at times frustrating. But God is teaching me to put this time to good use. This post is certainly timely advice. Thank you!

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Beck, 

      I so know the feeling. There was a time in our lives when Angela and I were waiting on our “next step” in ministry and it seemed like it took forever. One thing that helped me was to realize that this was what faith looks like. Sometime we look at the folks in the Bible and think of faith as some big awesome thing. But really it’s just about waiting, clinging to some small shred of hope God gives us. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/gambill4 Beck Gambill

        Thank you. I know in my head that waiting is the guts of faith, where victories are fought and won. It’s so hard not to want to get to the ‘good stuff’ of active ministry, pay checks, security, knowing where your kid will start school in the fall. You know those little details :) I recently just ‘happened’ to pick up Andy Stanley’s The Grace of God, it’s been a gift, a rock for me to plant my feet on. Anyhow, I really appreciate your stories of waiting, the faithfulness of God played out in another person’s life is an encouraging reminder.

        • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

          Beck, I’ve enjoyed Andy’s preaching myself. He’s really good.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Ya! It is wise to put  waiting time to good use. Unfortunately many waste this time by cribbing and lamenting. Thanks Beck for your good idea.

  • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

    Jackie, I love that, “life is about waiting.” It really is and if we can grasp the connection between faith and waiting, I think it will help remove some of our anxiety. I try to remind myself when I’m in a period of uncertainty that “this is what faith looks like.” 

  • http://www.paulawhidden.wordpress.com Paula

    One of my challenges centers on what waiting looks like.  I’m a busy waiter in actual waiting rooms as well as the virtual/spiritual ones.  Letting no moment go wasted, when I arrive at a doctor’s office or another waiting location, I always bring a book or something to write, a game for the kids, whatever it takes to make each moment vital.  While spiritually waiting, I do much the same.  I read and study and learn and use the time as best I can.  For me, that’s the face of my wait.

  • http://www.irunurun.com Travis Dommert

    Great post, thank you!  I especially liked that Daniel’s advice not only to be PATIENT, but be PROACTIVE while you wait.  What can you be doing to prepare yourself for the answer that is coming?  Be ready!!  

    Perhaps that is sometimes the reason we have to wait so long…because God knows we aren’t really ready.  In Jack’s famous words, “We can’t HANDLE the truth!”

    • http://wewannado.com Ryan

      Good point. I locked in on the PATIENT part but not PROACTIVE. It’s nice to know there is still something to do while waiting and by being proactive the waiting has more value.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Good post, Daniel.  It’s interesting to see how many people had to go through excruciating waits in the Bible.  There are some that would let their short waits draw them away from God.  Thanks for the encouragement to persevere.

    • http://wewannado.com Ryan

      Yea, the examples in the Bible are very encouraging because we think 5 minutes is too long to wait. It’s always good to know that people have struggled with the same issues for thousands of years, and it helps to have stories along the way of how people persevered.

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Robert, when I did this study for my book, iFaith, I was shocked at how many people had to wait. In fact, it’s the running theme of every major Bible character. Nobody experienced instant success. They all had to endure excruciating waits. This made me realize waiting is the DNA of faith. 

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Many times waiting prodeuces suffering in our life. We feel burdened in our heart. We weep inside and go to God. But, the Bible gives us the right guidance to handle such situation in our life. Paul writes in Romans 5: 3-5 that “suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us.”
    And , in 2 Peter 1:5-8, it is instructed that we  ” make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”

    Thus, we  infer that God’s intention could be creating and developing more fruit of the Spirit and refinement in us through these seasons of waiting in our life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Ballai/1501849857 Michael Ballai

    I was reading this when the power went out this morning! So while I waited for them to restore it, I was reading the Bible. Great excuse to do what I love the most! 

    I’ve been in the waiting room of life more times than I want to remember. I’ve been sick and unemployed for years now. I try to keep busy as I wait for God to fulfill His purposes in me.

  • http://wewannado.com Ryan

    It’s so easy to live life worried about each moment instead of focused on how your whole life is working towards your purpose/goals. Waiting is key to doing that and is so hard, but like the post says, patience and faith go a long way to living out success as you define it. You may give up some short term excitement, but you will build a long term wave of joy.
    I highly recommend Michael’s Life Plan eBook for defining your priorities and goals. I’m sure many commenters have checked it out, but if not, get it and then set aside a Saturday to run through it.  Afterwards you’ll find it much easier to wait for what God has planned for you.

  • Anonymous

    i dance. strongly. 

  • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

    Travis, 

    That was the biggest and/or hardest lesson I had to learn. To not sit and bite my fingernails, but to actually be productive in the Waiting Room. 

  • Anonymous

    I suppose there’s always Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the Lord.”

    One of the things I do while waiting for someone to respond to something is think of all the possible reactions that person might have, or more specifically, how I will respond to them. This may be how I will respond to their answer, or what questions they might ask and what my response will be. It helps me to react better to their reaction. There can be an excess of this, such as when one focuses on all the different ways they could be rejected. The key is not focusing too much on any one response but to consider all possible responses objectively.

  • http://www.ramseyduck.com Ramsey

    Great post!

    I’ve been in a holding pattern for a while now and find my pendulum swinging between peace and panic.

    I’m trying to be better at waiting.  Keeping my eyes on God.  Believing that what He says is true.  Continuing to read, study, learn and hone new skills.

    One day at a time.

  • http://communicatecreativity.com/ Rebecca Burgener

    I’m waiting right now for my mutt of a dog to come back. He ran out the door when I opened it, and this eight months along pregnant lady is not chasing the rascal all over the neighborhood. (I really do love my dog.) While I wait, I’m reading a few worthy posts on some blogs I enjoy.

    Speaking of eight months pregnant, the last little bit of waiting is the most difficult, but full of preparation activities while I (im)patiently await the arrival of a healthy, full-term baby girl.

    I’m also waiting for August first, when I will relaunch my blog. During this waiting time, I am rebuilding the site, defining my focus, and writing up a few posts ahead of time.

    Sometimes the best use of waiting time is prayer.

    Waiting is difficult. We live in a “just add water” mindset, but, like you said, waiting can be good too.

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Rebecca–the way you describe waiting and your situation gives us a taste of what to expect in the relaunch. If your blog writing measures up to your comment writing, you will attract readers. By the way, July is a wonderful time for birthdays. Our son was born 25 years ago, July 10th. We’ll put an extra candle on the cake for you.–Tom

      • http://communicatecreativity.com/ Rebecca Burgener

        Happy Almost Birthday to your son! 

        I’m excited about this summertime birthday. My other kids were born during chillier months, but for this little lady we’ll be able to do things like water parks, pools, and water balloon and gun fights to celebrate.

        Thank you for the compliments on my writing. My blogging goal is to encourage other Writing Mamas in the midst of raising young kids.

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          Good blogging goal. I hope you flourish as your family flourishes. Even as you wait for your daughter to come to the surface, I like the future you envision for her and I’d be all in on the water park, pool, water balloon/gun fight theme for a celebration.

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Love the thought of sitting in “the waiting room of life”. Great word picture… and great post. Thanks Daniel.

    • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

      I agree. That IS a great word picture! 

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Moses spent 40 years tending sheep before God called him? Oh dear. This means I may have to put in another 25 years of waiting tables before I get a call from upstairs. Waiting. Literally. I hate that word mainly for its restaurant connotation. 

    Why did you preface what was obviously the final sentence in our post with One final thought

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Just as a way of summing up the post, so people leave with what I think is the takeaway: waiting is an instrument of God for our character. 

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

    working working working and preparing.

    I know at a time when I am single I have time to work a bit extra then I would if I was in a relationship. So I take advantage of that.
    As well I am preparing myself to be the husband that God is calling me to be. Not wait until it happens but to be ready when it happens.

    The waiting room of life looks a lot like you described the hospital, grey and bare. But in those times I have noticed that God is doing something. And I want to be faithful with the time I have now to prepare myself. 

    Thanks for sharing and giving encouragement. 

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Kyle, 

      That’s a great way of putting it, “The waiting room of life looks like the hospital, grey and bare.” I love that. 

  • http://peterpaluska.com Peter Paluska

    As Eckhart Tolle puts it in “The Power of Now”, there really is no such thing as waiting. There is much to be gained from every moment, so the next time we catch ourselves thinking that we are waiting for something or someone, we can use that opportunity to, as you said here so wisely, tune in to God.

    Thank you for the ideas!

    Peter

    • bethanyplanton

      I like that way of thinking about it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tracy Stoller

    In the everyday practical sense, I am very good at waiting.  As a mother of 4, I sometimes found it to be a time of introspective thought because no one could really ask me to do anything else at the same time.  This has made me very ambivalent about my cell phone because I don’t want to be on call 24/7.
     
    Sometimes, though, I am so tired of waiting and praying.  The last few years have been filled with crises out of my control and problems requiring me to wait for others to be ready to move forward.  It is good to be reminded that God is still in control.

  • Rob Shearer

    I have been waiting on God for two years now, it has been the best and the hardest season of my life.  One that has been a struggle is that I don’t think you can truly know you are waiting on God until after he does the thing you are waiting for.  If he never does the thing, you are just standing around doing nothing.  His answers of “no” and “wait” sound the same.
    http://2sam718.wordpress.com/

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Rob, sometimes “no” and “wait” do sound the same. I think the difference, at least for me, is with a “no” there is a definite shutting of the door, a slamming. Or there is the lack of desire in our hearts for that one thing–as if God just moves us away from it. With waiting, we have a bit more certainty that God will answer, we’re just waiting for His timing. 

      • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

        I agree with Daniel about the difference. I like the phrase “in the fullness of time” which gives a sense of God’s timing. “Wait” is tinged with hope. I doubt but I don’t grieve. With “no” a dream dies and grief is the appropriate response. But “no,” like death, is not God’s final answer.

  • bethanyplanton

    I am horrible at waiting. But when I am made to wait, I try to read and study and prepare for the next phase. 

  • bethanyplanton

    Such a practical, everyday application of this post. What a great idea. 

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    We just finished a series in our young adult ministry called “The Waiting Room: what to do while you wait”. Excellent stuff here that is very similar to what we talked about. Thanks.

  • http://theantiautosoterist.wordpress.com/ Abbie

    wow, this is great. i’ve been in a waiting period where all the answers seem to be one “NO” after another. God has been reminding me that I just need to wait and one day, i’ll get some ‘yes’ answers =) while i’m waiting…i guess i’m finishing school. doing the work he has for me to do right now. 

  • Cindie

    I always have my Kindle with me so if I am waiting for someone…I read. If it is something that I need God’s wisdom …I pray…read His Word and journal.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I love my Kindle! I take it everywhere, just in case I have to sit and
      wait.

      • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

        Robert, do you prefer you Kindle over real books? Not to sound like a commercial… just know I like real books. But I’m also a sucker for an electronic gadget.  Wondered if I’d like the move to a Kindle.

        • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

          You know, I still like paper books, too. However, the Kindle is a lot more
          convenient… you can take multiple books with you, or a very large book,
          and it all fits in the little Kindle.

        • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

          I know what you mean when you ask this question but I wonder if folks once asked, “You like reading that story instead of hearing Goodspeaker tell it?”

          We have our preferences as to mediums but still the goal is to be informed or entertained through a good presentation of story. By the way, I do like the feel of a good book in hand but more and more people are spouting the benefits of Kindle or any number of other e-readers. If you travel much, that seems the direction to go.

          • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

            Yeah. I’m with you. I do like the feel of the book. If I’m traveling, it’s not too much to carry the book with me. As much as I like electronic gadgets – and would like to try a kindle – I think I’m going to stick with the traditional book. 

  • Sonnetsintherain

    I realized last year that I viewed my post-divorce single mom life with an air of self-condemnation and impatience.  I looked at the time with out a spouse as a time to be tolerated.  I was constantly saying “come on , hurry up God, this single mom stuff (I have 3 teen boys) is HARD!  Then one day, after thinking of recent heartaches I had God speak some quiet truths to me that you pointed out in this article.  Waiting…is good for me.  Waiting, let’s me grow closer while I don’t have a husband to serve.  Waiting, let’s me prepare for the day he may give me a new one.  God led me to the verse in Isaiah (a book I cherish more all the time) where He told me HE is my husband right now.  What a provider!  Though it hasn’t been easy, He has provided me with a great job I love, where I’ve advanced.  He didn’t do it over night, he did it while I was trying to be impatient, in His own time.  He has given me an apartment quickly, and now a nice house that we will move into, in his own time.  He reminds me that this is my time for more growth.  I have one less person needing my time.  I wish I could tell you I always am patient…or I always view waiting as a blessing.  What I can tell you, is I do correct my attitude when I catch the opposite clouding my view.  Thank you for the reminders.  God Bless you.
    Carrie

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Sonnetsintherain, 

      You’ve got a great perspective on this. We have to tell ourselves that “the one thing we’re waiting for” won’t bring us ultimate satisfaction, neither will it define us. We can be who God wants us to be, right now. 

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Carrie–you provide a beautiful illustration and testimony of the power of enduring through hardship. Your lessons are shared with an obvious humility that’s attractive to others. Recovering from a situation that often embitters, you respond with patience and grace. You also allow biblical truth, “HE is my husband,” to have a practical application in life. Well written, very encouraging. I hope you continue to do well despite the divorce. God bless–Tom

  • http://www.spencermcdonald.net Spencer McDonald

    In the waiting room of my life I am doing several things. 

    1. I am visualizing living my dream everyday.
    2. I am bringing it close to me and practicing everyday.
    3. I am giving it away to others as a gift everyday.
    4. I am learning to calm my mind, spirit, and faith everyday.
    5. I am learning, living, and laughing everyday.

    Because, one day soon, I will be my turn to live my dream. 

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      Poetic! Appreciate the hope-filled, positive outlook you share.

  • http://tijuanabecky.livingproof.us Becky

    Appears we’ve been thinking alike, I love this topic. Been discussing it on my blog too recently when it’s been up. I’ve been serving, worshiping God, reading books and learning, and doing other things while I’m waiting. 

  • Jmhardy97

    I think you hit it right on the head with patience. In todays fast pace world, nobody wants to be patient with anything.

    jim

  • Cathy

    Thanks for the Biblical perspective on waiting.   What makes me better than all those people in the Bible that had to wait?  Nothing.  SO chill with the Lord!

  • http://www.carlestercrumpler.com/ Carlester T. Crumpler

    Ideally, it is important to avoid complaining or keep it to a minimum. I’m always amazed to see how God orchestrates the unimaginable, after the fact, and I always find myself humbled even more. In my humility, I’m exposed to how much or how little I really trusted God. It’s always a tough pill to swallow. Great post!

  • Usiel

    I don’t like to admit, but this point of view is totally correct. I have been living in a “waiting room of live” for a long time in some issues in my live. It was good to read about in this blog. I believe that the most difficult thing is to become the one I need to be. The “waiting room”, so many times, is the place where we face who we are (and are not), what we know (and don’t know), and we have the opportunity to be transformed. I still hate that place. But I really need it.

  • http://twitter.com/dyuhas62 Diane Yuhas

    I think God also uses the waiting room as a place for us to better define God’s call on our life.  It is so easy to fix our eyes on our desire that we fail to fix our eyes on Jesus.  We end up with tunnel vision.  Case in point:  For years I fixated on becoming a speaker because I once had a vision where I saw myself blowing the trumpet of good news over a valley of people.  It is only recently that I’ve begun to sense that speaking mayn’t be the primary vehicle, but writing, after all.  Even if this is not entirely correct, the real call is to share of the gospel of Jesus Christ.   

  • http://twitter.com/thegospelwriter Wanza Leftwich, TGW

    An excellent and encouraging post – thanks!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Oh, I hate waiting.  I realize that I am such a product of our culture, but it’s true.  Waiting stinks. 

    I usually try to benefit from the time, but often I and too worried and stressed to focus. 

    I’ve noticed the same thing about the Bible characters that you mentioned.  Lots of people had to wait for God to ready them to do what he desired of them.  And so I wait…

    • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

      When you write “a product of our culture,” you remind me of a time when I lived in a culture where you had no choice but wait. My family and I moved to the Russian Far East in 1995 and spent the next 6 years calling Khabarovsk home. Buses came and went on their own schedule. Many a time, I’d run to the bus stop in time to see my bus pulling away. I knew I’d wait another 30 to 45 minutes before the next one came. And that was on a good day.

      Saturated in a culture like that, you learn patience (or you end up on the longest med-flight of your life–which I guess any med-flight would be).

      But waiting also gave me an opportunity to learn and embarrass myself as I slaughtered the Russian language speaking to another person who missed the same bus.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I fall (shall we say stumble, tumble, rumble)  into the writer-waiting-on-contract category. Waiting has provided an opportunity to expand my interests in writing and to hone my skills. Not having to write responses to all those fan letters that never come from reading the book that’s never been published has allowed me time to read others’ work. After all, isn’t reading what a waiting room is really all about?

  • Bev

    Waiting… can be a challenging place, an empty and fearful
    place, a place of expectancy or a place of hope, but most of all it is the
    place where God is.

  • http://www.frymonkeys.com Alan Kay

    Thanks. Made me think, a) I’m always too busy ‘doing’ to notice I am waiting, b) I am waiting on something big to happen so some re-framing is called for.   

  • titiribi

    well, incidentally today i couldn’t wait any longer and  finally told my husband i will sign the divorce papers for him. I have  being waiting to  see if  he  change his mind on the matter giving the  fact  that we just had  a  baby 3 month ago. I waited on God to tell me what  to  do, I lost a bit  of  faith and  went  ahead and made that phone call. Now i read this post and makes me wonder if I should have waited and develop patience. but, it;s done now. I am Discouraged

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am sorry you are discouraged. If you can, I would encourage you to talk to a counselor or a pastor who can give you some perspective.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YWFOPRUNCR3C72QA6PWAUR74GI Blair

    It’s amazing to read all that people have been waiting on.  I too am waiting right now; I have a great job opportunity to fill but I have to wait until January to move into the position.  It will involve a geography change and a lifestyle change and I am anxiously awaiting it.  For the time being, I am trying to enjoy every second I have here in this town.  I am reading, studying and praying, because I know how fast paced and busy I will be once I move.

    On the relationship front, I think most of us have struggled with waiting. We wait to get married, or wait to find that right person.  I personally seem to jump right into relationships left and right, but as I am single I am using this time to find my peace with God alone. No female can ever fill all the voids that God takes up in my life and I need to find a way to understand that.  I have personally found the psalms to be encouraging. 

    Once again, I thank you for a great post. They always seem to come to me when I most need them. 

  • http://kabarnes.wordpress.com/ Karen Barnes

    I have been experiencing this lately. Our pastor recently did a sermon on the seasons of life & I found myself relating to “winter” exactly. This post also spells it out. I did a post on this sort of concept last week, talking about waiting in winter and how I know I need to use this time productively to prepare for when the spring does come. So I hope I can focus on doing that & be ready for when the next step is revealed.
    http://kabarnes.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/embracing-this-season/

    Thanks for this post! Very timely for me!

    • http://danieldarling.com Daniel Darling

      Karen, it is helpful to look at life from the perspective of seasons. I just finished a terrific book by Mark Buchanan, “Spiritual Rhythm” and he discusses this in depth. Very good read. 

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Thanks for sharing your post. That was insightful.

  • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

    “while we rush ourselves, we can’t rush God” – love this thought… our timing is NOT God’s timing – and His is SO much better than our own!

  • Linda S

    I too am in a waiting period in my life – I am spending it doing my best to prepare for the next step.  I like a quote by Abraham Lincoln – “I will get ready and then perhaps my chance will come.”

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Many times, our season of waiting becomes our season of preparation for next great change. 

  • Alana

    I love the line, “Waiting is the DNA of Faith”!  What a great reminder and examples used! 
     Thank you.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      Yup! Much needed reminder in today’s fast changing world.

  • http://nullpointers.wordpress.com Null

    I would put that as “Patience” instead of “waiting”. Patience is  waiting without stress with absolute faith. This article is certainly addresses the need of the hour.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      True! Patience is the fruit of the Spirit we develop as we grow in Christ.

  • http://jusopenthebook.com David Edmisten

    My wife and I were just talking about this today.  Most of the Christian life is the process of drawing closer to God as we wait for Him to fulfill His purposes.  As a friend of my says, “God is rarely early, but never late”

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      I like that quote David.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-King-Bruce/100000894650635 Karen King Bruce

    What am I doing while I wait? Well, until I read this article, mostly I’ve been whining, complaining, moping around & questioning my “calling.” For over  a year now we’ve been trying to sell our home. Our plan is to sell this house & purchase a larger place so we can take in foster children & perhaps families in need.  It’s been very trying on our family. Our 3 children have given up countless weekends & evenings. 4 hour cleaning sprees for a 4 minute showing, Sunday afternoon open houses, neurotic, don’t-like-to-be-in-the-car dogs, and stressed-out parents haven’t made this past 12 months our best days to say the least.
    My husband & I pray for direction every day.  We really feel we’re doing God’s will but if that’s true, why is this so hard & taking so long??? It’s really made me question my ability to discern God’s will for us.
    But, thank you for your article. Reading it grounded me this morning. I know God can and will use this to bring us closer to Him. I will try to be still and listen & learn in this (and from this) time of waiting.
    -Karen B

  • Jordan

    Waiting time can be used productively if we put it in perspective.

    • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

      That’ true Jordan. Andty Andrews rightly quotes, “Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.”

  • polpqaa

    Thanks for this! I studied fine art in college but I am a web developer now. I spent a summer in Sweden (Mullsjo Folkaskola) – – really great to see a strong art history references in Smashing.
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  • polpqaa

    We’re ready to throw some more events for everyone out there. After many months of trying to gain the “mapletip” handler for twitter, we have finally gotten it! Now, we will spread the love with you.
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  • Anonymous

    This was a very interesting read for me because I was just saying to a friend this morning that I feel like I have been in an endless holding pattern and right now I have no idea what is the outcome. Thank you for your pastoral reassurance that God’s precise timing is at work and I can trust the character of His word to orchestrate my life for the good of His purpose. It’s been tough waiting out the vision but it is also overwhelming and I know this season of preparation is necessary. I have been spending most of the time just really abiding in the presence of the Lord, allowing Him fine tune me and continue to reposition myself for success in every area of my life. Clearly what God has revealed to me in this season is that it was time for me to grow up. God bless and I look forward to reading the book.

  • http://twitter.com/sway234 Anita McHenry

    Waiting is truly challenging, especially when I don’t know exactly what it is I’m waiting for.  I get the need to turn it over to God and let Him keep it, and I have reaped the blessings of waiting for God’s time and His will in my problems, questions and desires. Reading this blog several weeks ago; however, has given me a new perspective on being in the Waiting Room and a renewed effort to accomplish some long over do tasks.  Now when I get frustrated and don’t understand what is taking so long, I look around and say “what little thing can I get out of the way”  or “what larger task can I chip away at” so that when the time comes and I have my answers, there will be nothing in the way of accepting God’s plan.  Each day is a new day, and I start each  day fresh regardless of what may have transpired the day before.  If I try to take it back or take control, I have a new opportunity to let God drive the car.   Thanks for sharing such and amazing tool!

  • Jaime Espiritu

    I got laid off from my job in December 2009.  Since that time, I had the desire to hone my God given skills in video producing. I’ve been doing pro bono videos for non profit organizations to help them so I can forget about my circumstances. 

    I’ve been seeking God and waiting for Him to make my next move in the video world.

  • Mysty Cain

    I like waiting as an active term versus the passivity we usually assign to it.  I’m currently in a waiting season.  I’m using this time to memorize scripture – meditating on it to keep reminding myself that God is at work.  I’ve also been exploring books of the Bible that have frequently stayed closed as I read the more affirming faith-building scriptures.  The books of Kings alone have me in constant amazement. 

  • Wanda Jeanne

    I appreciate this so much Pastor Daniel. I’ve been filling up my days with unceasing prayer, study of the Word, serving, and fellowshipping with my brothers and sisters anywhere we meet…especially in church, Barnes & Noble and places like this :-) And please everyone (if you are so guided by the Holy Spirit), as Kristina shared check out Andrew Murray’s book Wait On God. It is a gem indeed. I see the blessings and the privileges of waiting. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

    • Wanda Jeanne

      Waiting On God by Andrew Murray

  • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

    I love this line: “View your time in the Waiting Room as a season of growth and development
    and you’ll find you’ll be that much more ready for your moment on the
    stage.”

    I like how you challenge us to focus on the opportunities in the moments (hours, days, years) of waiting, instead of fuming about a future answer. Great advice.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sequoiajoy Connie Brown

    What am I doing while I”m waiting? A Kindle is handy to take on trips. Now when I’m waiting on flights, I can read, and my bag is filled with fewer books.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I agree… I take my Kindle everywhere.

  • Sirr8504

    thanks to the creator of this site…you’ve helped tons…may the Lord Jesus Christ bless you for your obedience

  • jude

    It is hard to believe God still care about me;i have failed so many times in business,although i know i have a call to preach.The lord told me 11yrs.ago about going to a bible college;i finally found one after eight years and invest my life savings into making sure i didn’t only get an admisison but also a visa to travel.What happened?Two times i got admissions and was denied visa after two trials.And being the type of person who never make any major moves until I hear from God,i was devastated.Now am starting all over again;with no money and with so many family responsibities.I love the lord so much and i still want to preach.I don’t know where to start;Then i finally decided to do a bible training here in Nigeria but the only one i have confidence in ,i don’t have enough funds to sponsor myself.Am now 27  I am dying to know what God want me to do…

  • Loureeves5

    I have spent many hours in hospital waiting rooms with my daughter, and at first I hated it I would became frustrated at having to wait, and would sit there thinking of the all the things I could be doing instead, such as the washing preparing tea, ironing etc.
    However I now look at these lengthy waits as an opportunity to sit and enjoy some time for me some peace away from the everyday hussle and bussle of a busy life. I actually find that I enjoy waiting for my daughter to be seen and realise that these things I was thinking of before would still be done once I had had some quality time sat talking to my daughter (which I otherwise probaly wouldnt find the time to do) So thank you to all you consultants who I know and understand are very busy. Whilst learning how to wait patiently I have also realised that if you are kept waiting to see a consultant it is not they are busy drinking tea and eating cake, it is infact that they are being very thorough and showing concern and understanding for each and every atietn they see.

  • Tereasaknicely

    I just finished Bible College, and while waiting on God for my next step, I spend much time in prayer and the Word. While I am in prayer, the Lord gives me things to look up in the Word, and it is a good time to jot things down in a journal. In the past, I have found that when I go back to the  journal months or years later, what the Lord has told me back then is really encouraging and also confirming when I see what the Lord tells me He is going to do… This waiting period is much longer than any other waiting period, so I fill it up with prayer, writing, reading, getting projects done, and keeping my spirit open 24/7 to the Holy Spirit. I can hear Him more clearly when I am not so busy. Orders from Headquarters for the next step in my life… 

  • Queenie

    Believe that GOD IS IN CONTROL and HE will make all things beautiful and meaningful in HIS TIME.:)

  • jetski_07

    i am always reading God’s word about waiting. it gives me hope every time i read the people in the bible who experienced waiting for God’s answer. i always listen to joyce meyer’s message about PRISONERS of HOPE.. and claiming that God will do great things in my life… :)

  • Ramona442003

    After I lost my job, I was running to and fro looking for another one, eyes firmly fixed on my circumstances.  As time went by, little by little I began to realize that God was in control and was taking care of every need in my life.  This knowledge did not come easy, but after diligently seeking God and deciding to allow Him to take over because I did not have a clue as to what I was doing or what to do, everything became clearer.  God reigns supreme in my life now and I know that he has my best interest at heart at all times.  What am I doing while I am waiting?  Honestly, I pray more, read my Bible more, and help others when opportunties present themselves.

    • Jim Martin

      Ramona, what a great reminder of God’s care and control of our lives.  It is good to hear this from someone who is going through something as difficult as a job loss.  It is encouraging to hear what you are doing as you wait.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Ramona, losing a job can be tough. You’re doing things right by helping others and focusing on God.

  • Jdaesq91369

    I was injured in July 2011. I lost my job and my house. Before I lost my home, I re committed my life to Jesus. I am currently living in my friend’s 1 bedroom apartment. I sleep upon a twin bed that has a broken box springs. Not very good while trying to recover from a back injury. I have made several attempts to  obtain the medical care that I need. I even  asked from several faith based organizations. Nobody seems to be able to help me. They will pray for me and that is all they will do. I need to continue my chiropractic treatments so that I can get back to work. Each treatment only costs $55 . I have been praying and I know that God has heard me.  I have been dealing with my own temptations, including lusts of the flesh and doubting God. My faith in the Lord waivers sometimes. I repent and move on. I don’t need to know my whole future, but I would like to see some progress. Something  that shows me that He has heard me and is bringing me out of this.

    James in Houston. Contact me @ jdaesq91369@yahoo:disqus .com. Prayers are nice but I need 
    real help.

  • Glenda

    Praying, studying the word of God, fasting, trusting and believing that God will make a way and direct me to where he wants me to go.I must say it has been almost7 years, but God has blessed me in spite of the storm I still have my health, home and maybe not the best food I am not hungry.  At this point all I can do is wait I realize there  is always a wait associated  when a humongous blessing is on his agenda.

  • Garciavk27

    its hard to wait but i know i must …thats what brought me to this site…i was looking for what to do while i wait…how should i go about it…waiting is hard but if it is God’s will then so it must be.

    Very informative well written article…thank you

  • guest

    As I look back at my life 

  • guest

     As I look back at my life I can see how many valuable time I have wasted not knowing what to do when my plans for something were thwarted and allowing myself to wallow in self-pity and sink into depression.When instead I could have done something much wiser and for example learn some new skills which may be necessary one day because you never know.And as it turned out the time came when those skills became necessary though not developed in their full-scope.Sadly,at this point in my life;middle-aged,I still find myself compelled by my outward circumstances and other people(yes,other people can become obstacle to achieving your ends;I’ve lived long enough to know that)to wait and repeatedly find it next to impossible to pull myself out from the pit of depression and despair.But,I will try to use this time the best I can and to resist the bouts of depression and hopelessness.It certainly becomes more difficult in life as you are becoming “older in the Lord”,but what’s the alternative;wallowing in depression and self-pity or having hope in the Lord and start doing something that may become usable in the “future”,such as learning new skills or working on your physical fitness and improvement of your health?

  • annoyed

    damn i get to this page by typing in what to do while i wait cuz i was high and waiting to go into work and i ended up on some religious bs website…..fuck me runnin

  • Felixroyg

    It is a process of learning to Trust God completely in all areas of life.    

  • Pearl Gepte

    I am praying. I worship and I stay faithful to my Lord.
    I remember  a song about waiting.
    I am waiting on You, Lord and I am hopeful
    I’m waiting on You Lord though it is painful.
    But patiently I will wait.
    I will move ahead bold and confident
    Talking every step in obedience.
    While I’m waiting, I will worship.
    While I’m waiting, I will serve You
    I will not faint, I’ll be running the race, even while I wait.
    _Pearl from Philippines_

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  • Chozn4u

    I pray all the time and plunge into the word of God. Waiting is good but when you have to wait lonnnnnggggg periods of time, it can be tempting to just give up and live life in the fast lane. I think the hardest thing is not knowing how long you have to wait. When days turn into weeks, weeks turn to months, months turn to years and yeart to decades, that can be very spiritually and physicall draining. During those times we have to rely on God for renewal of strength and refreshing cause it can be depressing as well.

  • Natty

    Amazingly i have found myself connecting with God and reading books that i know are preparing me for the great future ahead. and i have recognised that i feel more worthy trying to start my own NGO and helping the youth than having a high paying cooperate job. thank you

  • Kyle Harper

    I’m new to this blog and not waiting got me in serious trouble but God is faithful as promised. I have found so much of God ironically in the darkness. I have found that just because God delivers you does not mean that the same mission to wait is not waiting on you to wait, we must still wait. The good thing though is that waiting is not common knowledge it is taught and who better a teacher then a patient God.

  • vibrant77

    I’m at the point in life sitting in the waiting room. Its been such a challenge because this is the first lengthy ‘rest stop’ I’ve ever had in life. I’m waiting impatiently, kickin and screaming at times but always knowing that despite the complaints, Ill keep waiting on Gods timing because he knows best. Job searching for months-yet nothing. God told me ‘do nothing’. But how can a Go-getter personality like mine do nothing and simply expectt an employer to come find me without putting in effort?! It defies logic and reason right? But, that’s simply the case- faith defies logic and our own limited understanding. Choose to keep believing that God has not abandon you. Heaven’s silence does not mean they dislike you or left your side. It may be a test of faith, to strengthen your faith. You have to know that you are where you need to be in life, on the predestined path. You deserve a breather before embarking on that next great chapter, so quell your fears and just leave the details in Gods hands. The universe will work for you, get out of the way :)

  • Cielo_mibc

    Thank you so much for the post. =)

  • Mmwross

    I’m cooking!  Using all these recipes and cookbooks I’ve been collecting for years!  I am finding my inner bakeress, churning out cookies and cakes for former students who have been sending requests.  I’m crying, because it hurts to be here right now. I’m reading, The Word and other inspirational books.  I’m listening to gospel music seeking to “Encourage Yourself” in the Lord.  I go to the library.  Tomorrow I’m going to the art gallery.  Hey, it’s free!  I log onto and search several career sites.  I filled out a volunteer application.  I fill out job applications.  I cry some more, it’s cleansing! I take my time shopping for groceries.  I watch funny shows so that I can laugh.  I stand in church and cry while we sing “Amazing Grace”.  I play Midnight Club video games with my son which helps me focus on him.  I create note templates for him to copy his school notes onto for an organized way to study.  I’m praying for God to remove this thorn from my side.  I’m sitting in my back yard looking at my beautify gardens which invite birds, bees, wasps, hummingbirds, cicadas, racoons, fox, ants, and a lizard this week while I watch the trees fan us to create a breeze.  I listen to God, argue with what he is telling me, “Be  still”, and then I say ‘ok’…. and just be still.  I’m looking for other things to do.  Any suggestions!

  • S. London

    Well I have been waiting for quite a while to be married. My plan was to have had this settled by the age of 21, but it didn’t happen that way, and I’m happy that it didn’t. There was so much I needed to work on and out of my life; that’s exactly what I’ve been doing while I wait for him. I’m 26 now, and he has came into my life. He hasn’t proposed yet, but I’m preparing myself for marriage by reading different books concerning marriage, and soon I will be attending marriage counseling. I really hate the idea of waiting, but waiting has made me into the person I am today. I’m better, much better. This article has really helped me to remember the benefit of waiting. At this present moment, I’m becoming impatient concerning him not proposing, but I must WAIT…. anything that’s easy to get, ain’t worth keeping; that’s what I always say. I just need to remember that when I become anxious.

  • Beasleylawanda

    Thank you for this post. Lately, God has me at a stand still for such a time as this. I started off waiting with patience, fasting and praying for my new promotion and relocation. I felt the presence of God in every aspect of this new journey. Still do. But now I’m still and anxiety would try to kick in every now and then. But Gods word reminds me to be anxious for nothing and in with prayer and supplication let my request be known unto God and He will give me peace that surpasses all understanding. I began to research leadership in the bible and their waiting periods. I also improve my relationship with God and ask if He could give me a sign every once in a while until my final offer letter arrives. Well He is doing just that. I love God. He is elshada, Elohim and Jehovah rafa which are only a few names to describe His power. Reminding myself at all times that Gods word is true and just. No weapon form against me should ever prosper. That God knows the plans and purpose for my life… This daily action plan strengthens me in mind, body and spirit while I wait. Trust God, Ms. Beasley

  • Nike Olawepo

    I BELIEVE IT IS A TIME TO RENEW OUR COMMITMENT TO GOD AND SLAM THE DOOR ON DOUBT AND EVIL THOUGHT. IT MAY NOR BE ESY BUT HIS GRACE IS AVAILABLE. WE CAN TAP IT.
     

  • Bereket Tekeste

    God ordered the prophet Samuel to anoint David to be king over Israel and David had to wait 14 years before was made king. During these years of waiting, Saul, the then king of Israel, wanted to kill David and therefore he was on the run to save his life.  What chance does a poor man like David has against the king of Israel and his whole army? 

    But David trusted in God! “His difficult circumstances did not separate him from God but brought him closer to his master as described in his Psalms. At times he cried to God; at times he danced and praised God; at times we see him lavish his love to God; at some other times we see him boasting in the name of God.

    These waiting years were years were the character, integrity, honesty, kindness and mercy that David showed during his kingdom were formed. Why? Because it was during those testing times that he saw the salvation of the Lord, that he learned to wait for the Lord, that “victory is not for the mighty nor the race to the swift” but to those that hope and wait for the Lord.

    I believe each and every one of those that the Lord has called to serve Him in one way or another, will pass through times of waiting. It is very difficult period in our life time but we cannot be effective witnesses of the Lord if we are not refined, tested, cried, laughed and come out shining like a gold and boasting in the Lord.  We need our own time of waiting and overcoming because in this evil times it is through our testimony that we can overcome the works of the devil and not through the experience of the saints alone!

    Tekeste Bereket

  • Maria

    I am action person and I am running my nutrition bars business. I like what I am doing. I am patient with what is happening now. Looks like all doors I am knocking  are closed. Why? Ok, I still trust and have faith. Because I live books I will do it. And I love painting, so I will do it. Thank you, I still have a lot to do!!!!!!!! God, give me one sign, talk to me. i do not know what to do.!

  • Philip Mulcahy

    Phil

     God has called me to church leadership I am waiting on God’s timing so while I wait I read and study my bible. I also call to people and evangelise to them. God is tugging on my heart  he is giving me hardships to cope with, so that I have to trust on him more to get through them, my faith is growing stronger with every trail and my church leader has told me that when my time comes I will be ready for whatever God has planed for me.

     Yes it is hard waiting not knowing what is coming around the corner but I know that God is in control and the road may be rocky along the way but when I get their it will have been worth the trip.

     God Bless all those who are waiting, God is working in many ways getting things ready for us.

  • Rebecca

    Well the reason why I was asking you did you remember my case because, I have already seen results. He called me on Jan 4th to wish me a happy birthday, and I called him on the 6th to wish him a happy birthday. We had a nice long conversation, and I expressed to him how he made me feel. He apologized over and over. Then after that conversation I didn’t hear from him until around the 8th of Feb. I started calling my phone, and I kept missing his calls because my phone was on silent. Well that third day of him not getting a response from me, he sent me a heartfelt email apologizing again, and saying how much he missed me and wanted to hold me in his arms. At the end of the email he stated that he loved me, in which he has never said those words to me. I still love him also, but its hard now to be with him because I will be moving 5 states away and I don’t want to start something back up with him, knowing we can’t be together. So I just want to thank you High – Dr madurai of maduraitemple@yahoo.com

  • Mbasa

    Me & my Hubby have been waiting for Gods promises to come to pass, we are faithful tithers, we give, we fast & pray but still broke and our still have not seen any breakthrough in our business. Many occasions i find myself asking God when is He going to open the floodgates as He promised, but today i believe He want us to be still & wait on Him.

  • gus

    im to bored to read

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That’s unfortunate—for you.

  • Bill

    40 years ago the Lord graciously spoke a word of promise into my body while I was praying fervently as a young man of 21.  The promise still has not been fulfilled.  Waiting is agony.  In my late 20′s the Lord gave me a detailed description of my future wife and he said he would send her to me ‘soon’ but it was 10 years before I met her, then we had to wait a further nine years before we could marry due to circumstances – she lived in a  different country.  Waiting is agony.  What am I doing about it? – simply waiting, and waiting, and waiting…..  I praise the Lord, but I am the very first to admit my despair and great weakness while waiting….. and waiting ….

  • Waiting on God

    Awesome outlook and advice.

  • Maisha

    Trusting God by reading his Word and what HE has to say about my situation and not the worlds reaction. The world doesn’t think like God nor loves him.

  • Landslaus Mulenga

    am doing selfdeliverance as well as praying for my wife to turn away fro things that God dislikes
    while trust god for favour

  • Pastor Nick

    Thanks for your post. I am a pastor waiting for God to show me what’s next. Waiting has been very hard, but as you mentioned, God reveals alot to us during this season. Today on my lunch break a leaf fell into my car window. I asked God if it had any specific meaning. Later a second leaf fell in my window. I think God is trying to tell me that this is just a season of life and it will soon be behind me.

  • nicoletan

    Thank you so much for this short inspiring message. It seems I’m reaching out to move my legs to the next step. It seems even though I have a list of things to do, I lack the wind to sail an inch. I want to write. I want to paint. I want to lift but cannot be lifted. I pray and continue to wait. I’m glad I googled what to do while waiting. Thank you for the Biblical insights. Thank you for the wholesome, common sense direction, and for recognizing so many struggle in the waiting room. God bless you.

  • lalalal

    cool article

  • Zibi John

    God’s waiting room is not the easiest place to be at. I have been out of work for a few months. I have lost count of the jobs that I applied. I continue to trust the Lord for his timing. The Lord has been molding me and I have been spending a lot of time reading the Bible and getting to know “what makes our God the God” that he really is. I have been learning about the true meaning of faith. I know understand it has got nothing to do with me gritting my teeth and reminding myself ten thousand times ” I have faith in God”. Faith does not mean crossing one’s fingers and hoping for the winds of change to blow over us. We just need to believe in a faithful God who say’s ” I will never leave you nor forsake you” .

  • Kevin L.

    I doing what I can by applying for new employment. But at the same time, I’m believing and trusting that God will open the door and give me favor in my next job position. God is So reliable! During this time of unemployment, I tried to hold God accountable for times he did not come through.I couldn’t think of one!Because, the grace of God is so reliable and loving, he Always provides for his children. I haven’t found a job yet, but I’m anticipating my blessing is coming and soon! God is an on time God! Thank You Jesus!

  • Wendy

    I cried while reading this. to think 2 years of waiting for me was forever! I mean look at the others! some waited half of their lives to have what they want/need. i was selfish. but i’ve learned my lesson. thank you.

  • Danny

    I think all you guys are awesome, just to read some of you hearts on here is truly the love that GOd has done in you, as I all along. I know I know this patience thing is not the coolest out of what GOd does and is for us on a daily basis, im actually waiting now too, I just got let go from my job and am in a transition period before a new but yet better job same line of work but better, closer family and also a cooler more awesome place. Also on the wife issue, I long for my wife and its also that GOd was cool and nice enough to even show me who she is via I asked him if its ok to marry her, remind you this was when I first met her and worked with her at subway in 2006, the subway was in a walmart so she left there and worked at the walmart so her and I saw each other nothing even became a relationship but she would get subs on break or what not or I would see her in the store cuz I still worked at subway and then come 2008 I haven’t gotten to see her. so in terms of 2006 to now its on the brink of 2015, im wondering what should I do, I have heard as well I have let it to GOd because I love giving him my life, but its still like man, how is HE GONNA DO THIS. because I will never come up of a way In my mind of it, but I have faith he will. I am 28 and know that isn’t too old to be single nor do I ever need someone else to make me feel whole and loved, but I do want her though, all you married peeps out there especially the dudes, I can relate with you im a guy. So yea, keep staying with GOd all you reading about me what he is doing in heaven over here, and in my heart, and I liked that lady said when we pray and come to him the part that we miss so much if we are being one in a wait season or season is that when we come to him guess whose there… yes correct you and you alone by yourself. WRONG lol, He is there. And fellowship with GOd is so free and fun and nothing like anything you can experience with your eyes or senses or anything this world gives, it is truly from the inside out and as well from you heart. He has givin us his heart to carry it and he lives there, so be stirred up, call on the LORD tonight, this day and just thank him for this truth of how he truly is with you even right now this day. Alright yall …. peace. danny

  • tricia

    I find myself waiting today. I want so desperately to do the right thing. When you think of people waiting on cancer diagnosis or waiting for a job it doesn’t seem the same. It seems like I should be ashamed of my impatience but not knowing the path God wants me to take is torture. I have a wonderful sweet well behaved 5yr old (6 fairly soon). He is bright, focused, outgoing, and loves to learn. He is a gift from God and I know in my heart He has something special for him. I struggle with his education. He is very very smart especially in math, he taught himself to add, subtract, multiply and divide multiple digits. None of the public schools in the area offer a math program that will present any challenge and gifted programs are not available until 3rd grade. His current school is heavily language arts and he spends 10hrs a day between school and homework and it is killing his desire to learn new concepts. My husband is opposed to homeschooling because he is so very social and truly enjoys going to a classroom everyday. There is a private Christian school around the corner that would allow him to learn math in grade levels above his normal classroom by simply moving him there for the one hour and then moving him back in with the 6yr olds right afterwards. It sounds like the best of all worlds; a great Christian education, that allows him to advance at his own pace and still stay with kids his own age most of the time, on a campus that has hundreds of children and dedicated staff, and did I mention this is our church so it is the same people we already leave him with for Sunday school and VBS. Its $6600 per year though and he has a little brother that will need to be enrolled where ever he enrolls in a few years. My husband doesn’t think we can swing it but if it is God’s will I know he will find a way. That is the question though, is it God’s will? I am not the wait and see variety. I believe God helps those that help themselves and if I knew for sure that this is what God wanted for him I would jump in with both feet and cut whatever I needed to cut from the budget to make it happen. I need to know but I am getting elevator music on the line right now. I believe in praying for God’s will not for my wants and I believe that when we pray for his will that is what we get so it is his will that I should wait for an answer. It is his will that I learn patience in this time and that I trust that he will lead us to the correct decision at the correct moment. The mommy in me wants to do something, anything. Every fiber of my being screams to not rest until I have cleared the path in front of my son. I guess that is why I am typing on an old blog at 11PM. I guess I have to take the first step right now, and that is to log off and go to bed, and not spend energy on things that are out of my control. I have to learn faith and patience tonight.