By contributing writer Clestine I. Herbert
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 NIV
How many times have you dialed a business only to hear, “Please hold, your estimated time to wait is…?” I wonder how many times you have waited, then decided you can’t wait any longer and prematurely hung up the phone just before the operator or attendant is coming on the line. Probably more times than you know.
Waiting is something that is almost a curse word to many of us. We’ve made it offensive to our soul. We are surrounded by things, systems and people telling us to do it quickly or else you will miss out. Everything seems to be moving at light speed. Fast food. The internet. The microwave. Instant food. Because everything else is getting faster, we expect God to lower His standards and rush through everything as well. Not so. He does things perfectly and He has His timing. The truth is, if we don’t wait on God, we may end up with a business, church or ministry that is thriving because of our persistence and God –given gifts, but not because of the perfect plan and timing that God has for us. And I might add, they won’t last. There is a time to do and a time to wait.
Many of us intellectually understand that there is often a waiting period between receiving God’s promise or command and walking in the fulfillment of that promise, but it is not emotionally received or spiritually understood. Thus, our actions begin to display what we really believe. We tell ourselves, ‘God can’t possibly want me to be out of work right now, while the bills are piling up’, or “He couldn’t possibly want me to wait and keep silent while they are speaking untruths about me and my business.” Abraham, David and Joseph provide us great yet different examples of waiting. God speaks His purpose then it appears as if He forgets about the promise He made. Their examples show us the molding that we have to go through during this time and that though waiting may appear too long (see II Peter 3:9) , the rewards are exponential.
Do things appear to be going south? Congregation dwindling? Bills piling up? Clients diminishing? Problems with colleagues? Family issues? I could go on about what our challenges look like and what you could experience, but I want to share three (3) ways to walk through your waiting period. Notice I said, walk not run.
- Stop! (See Psalm 46:10) Stop “doing”. Stop trying to figure things out. Stop trying to do something to get out of this situation. Stop listening to everyone else. Stop worrying (See Jeremiah 17:8) Know what season you are in. Just stop. There is a time when God wants us to act or “do”. He’s quite capable of telling you when it’s time to act. Right now it’s time to wait.
- Trust God (See Romans 10:11) . He created this universe. He created you. He allowed your situation. He designed your destiny. Trust Him. This may take every fiber of your being, but develop a new habit, but saying each moment, “Lord, I’m going to trust you even though this doesn’t make sense and even though my flesh does not want to. I’m going to trust you. Help me Lord” If you don’t know what it means to trust God that’s good, because now you can spend time getting to know Him, so you know what it means to trust Him. Your waiting period is a time to get to know Him on a different level.
- Prepare (See Psalm 1 & Luke 2:52). This is your preparation period. This is where God purges you and curtails your character so that you don’t embarrass Him or the body of Christ in the next level. Learn all that you can during this time. Write, study, listen and observe during your waiting period. Glean as much wisdom as you can. Just don’t start “doing” because clearly God doesn’t think you are ready yet!
Many of us get stuck in our habits or thinking thus making it harder to wait. In my book, Knuggets of Knowledge to Get Unstuck, I share 16 nuggets to help one get unstuck in their thinking and beliefs, so you can walk into what God has for you with the right attitude and habits. Our waiting period is designed to renew our minds and develop the Godly habits we need for our next level. I encourage you to wait patiently and with expectation so that He can fashion you for the perfect destiny that He has designed for you. Whether it is starting a business, creating a new ministry, or taking your church to the next level be patient during this time. He is doing necessary work in you. Don’t abort the wonderful experiences that He has for you. Be patient and just wait a minute!
Clestine I. Herbert is an empowerment speaker, life coach and author. She is the author of the thought-provoking book, Knuggets of Knowledge to Get Unstuck. She resides in Spring Hill, Florida and is also the founder of Divine Discipline, a life development company dedicated to getting individuals, churches and businesses unstuck and transformed so one can live the fulfilling life they were designed to live. Visit www.DivineDiscipline.com to find out more about Clestine, her products and services.