It seems that I know dozens of women who are in a season of waiting. Waiting for God to send a godly husband, waiting for a ministry to take off, waiting for a baby, waiting for school to be finished, waiting for an adoption to go through, waiting for instruction to her children to make a difference…
I, too, am in a season of so much waiting. It feels some days as if God called me to the edge of the map and then left me there — upriver without a paddle, just waiting for Him to work, for Him to show me the next steps, for Him to DO something in my life.
But everything stays the same, and I’m still left waiting.
Or so it feels…
I know when I am in a season of quiet like this I feel frustrated, impatient, and worried. I wonder if God ever will answer my desperate prayers and I wonder if I can really trust His answers.
In these times we can find ourselves wondering if it is our fault — if we just trusted more or prayed more or did something differently, then God would be able to work. Somehow, we must be getting in the way.
Or we wonder if we just aren’t deserving of the gift we are asking for. Am I not worthy to be a wife? Would I not be a good mother? Should I not really be heading in this direction?
But that is not the truth that God lays out for us in His Word about seasons of waiting.
All through the Bible, we see that God uses times of waiting as ways to work His purposes in us. In fact, if you look at all the histories recorded there, you see people waiting a lot more often than they are doing anything else. Most of the greatest works that God has done through someone started with what looked like a whole lot of nothing.
A baby was the longing of Sarai (later Sarah)’s heart, but in Genesis 11:30, the Bible says that, “Sarai was barren; she had no child.” She had even been promised that she would have a child (Genesis 17:4) yet it wasn’t until the age of 90 that,“…the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken” (Genesis 21:1). Talk about a hard wait!
Then there was Noah. In Genesis 6, God commanded him to build a boat because there would be a flood. And Noah obeyed without question. The Bible says, “according to all that God commanded Him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22). I’m sure that Noah felt frustrated that while he had obeyed all that God commanded him to do, the floods never came and never came and never came.
And I can’t imagine the emotions running through Mary as she waited for her baby to be born, then watched and waited as He grew up, knowing that someday He would become the Savior of the world.
Or Moses as he waited to find out what the purpose of his life was (he was 80 before he led the Israelites out of Egypt!)
But in all of these histories, we see a common thread: God is never doing nothing.
Even when Moses thought he would live a humdrum life, God was training him to lead a nation through the wilderness. Even when Sarai thought that she would never be blessed with a baby, God was working on her heart. Even when Noah was telling people over and over that there would be a flood and yet there was no rain, God was working in the hearts of the people and giving them the chance to trust in the one true God.
God uses times of waiting to grow our faith, to teach us to trust Him, to give us opportunities we might never have dreamed.
God is never doing nothing.
No matter what it feels like.
With that in mind, I have to ask myself: Why is God bringing me here to this situation? What is He trying to teach me or what is He trying to grow in me? Am I really leaving my situation in His hands for His timing?
Psalm 37:4 promises, “Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” If, in this season of waiting, we focus ourselves on God and delight ourselves in Him, He will align our desires perfectly to His plan and His timing. Who knows what that might be? Maybe something we have never even dreamed to hope for.
Meredith is the wife of an amazing husband, a lover of travel and baking, and a servant of the King of Kings. She writes at Life Along the Way, a project created with her husband as a place to share the ups and downs of their lives following Christ and to explore what it means to live a life truly based on the Bible. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!