WAIT!!! I don’t know about you but I do not like this four letter word. I’ve been told to “WAIT” a lot lately. So I decided to look up it’s definition:
1) to remain inactive or in state of repose, as until something expected happens
2) to be available or in readiness
3 )to remain neglected for a time
4) to postpone or delay something or to be postponed for delayed
5) to look forward eagerly
Certain things we wait for with eager anticipation: the birth of a child, Christmas, birthdays, vacations and retirement. Other things are not so fun to be waiting for: dental appointments, surgeries and serious test results. Some things we wait for are significant life changers. Terry and I have been praying for a precious man who was on the top of the waitlist for a set of lungs. For him, waiting meant either life or death.
We sold our home in Washington and made a huge move to Florida, where our oldest daughter, Katie her husband Jason and five children live. Our goal and intention was to stay with them for a short time while we get settled and find a home to buy. We found a couple of homes we like and are going through the process of getting preapproved for a mortgage loan. We have excellent credit and plan on putting over 60% toward a down payment. We were not expecting to hear, “You will have to wait for two years because Terry is self-employed with Lyft and Uber.”
Really? Wait? Since then, we connected with another mortgage company and are now “waiting” for the house to close. We were given April 12 as the original date to close. Had a phone call from the lender and said it would be the 16th, then the 23rd and now the 30th. WAIT!
God keeps reminding me in His Word I have a choice what my attitude will be while I wait. “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Yikes– I still have a lot to learn. I desire that quiet confidence and faith.
Doesn’t waiting feel like a waste of time? I don’t want to waste my time while waiting. Like the definition #3 says, it feels like being neglected. I don’t know your situation you may be waiting for, but in the meantime what are we to do while waiting? The temptation for me is to be anxious while waiting — as if that changes anything at all. Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious abut anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I’m learning to trust the Lord in the waiting room of life. In our situation, Terry’s applying for new jobs while still driving for Lyft and Uber. I’m praying for the Lord to open doors and shut doors, leaning in on Him as I begin a new Bible study, meeting new people and focusing to get to know God and trust His purposes for me one day at a time.
Here is some Truth To Chew On:
Psalm 27:14 says, ” Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
What are you waiting for in life? What is your focus while you wait?
Do you know that Lord Jesus Christ loves you and desires for you to receive Him personally as Lord and Savior? Have you turned to Christ and decided to become a Christian and follow Him?
If not, why not? What are you waiting for?
CHEWS JESUS…TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!!!