It was the end of June when I was told that I was redesignated and would be out of “the hole” on my way to a new federal prison in a few days. Apparently, God had other plans for me. Every Wednesday a bus came and went, and yet I still waited. As I write this, today is August 14, and I still wait. It’s been almost two months of waiting for my turn to go. What is God teaching me? Hmmm…..
Have you ever had to wait for something? Of course, you have. Waiting is a part of life. Maybe it was waiting for that pay raise or for a child to be born or for that wedding day. Or maybe it was just waiting in line to be checked out at a grocery or department store. How do you take to waiting? Waiting is defined as: to stay or attend to. The best kind of waiting are for those big exciting occasions in life. The hardest type of waiting is when there is a possibility for bad news or something that needs to be done quickly and it’s taking a long time.
For two months now I’ve been waiting to leave. It’s been hard. Although I’ve gotten used to it, being in a 10’ x 10’ space for the past five months is not the easiest. I make the best of it, trying to live my time for God, doing what He would want me to do and having the kind of attitude He wants me to have, relying on Him to provide for me and get me through each day. The biblical definition of waiting is to stay, serve, and patiently anticipate. Although there are a number of reasons, I believe God allows people to wait daily and in life for two main ones:
1. To develop patience – “A patient man has great understanding.” Proverbs 14:29
2. To teach a lesson – “Teach me to do Your will.” Psalm 143:10
King David knew what it meant to wait. He had been anointed king of Israel at age 16 but didn’t become king until he was 30. He had to patiently wait on God for the fulfillment of His promise to reign. Waiting for God is not easy. Often it seems that He isn’t answering our prayers or doesn’t understand the urgency of our situation. That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not fair. But God is worth waiting for. Lamentations 3:24-6 calls us to hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses waiting to refresh, renew, and teach us.
Next time you have to wait for something, whether it’s for a long period of time or just in line at the store, consider what God is telling you. Make good use of the waiting time by discovering what God wants you to learn during the wait or what He wants you to notice while waiting.
Psalm 37:& says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” There is a reason why I have not left yet. I may not see it now, but someday I guarantee I will. God has definitely taught me a lesson or two in waiting patiently, and I trust Him. All I can do now is sit back, relax, and wait because we have a sovereign God. He truly is in control….of my life and yours!