Waiting is not something I've ever been very good at. I'm a decisive person. I make a decision and I'm ready to take action. I'm learning that God doesn't work that way and sometimes even though I've got a pretty good idea of the direction God wants me to go, I also know that he is telling me to wait.
As I look back at the legal battle I've been in for almost 3 years now, I can see so many places where God could have easily wrapped this deal up but he didn't. There have been obstacles and challenges and delays that have sometimes been downright painful to accept. Because I want to move on but I know that God is making me wait.
In the waiting is where the work is done. Whenever God makes me wait, I know it's because there's a work in me or through me that he wants to do. It is in the waiting that God prepares us for what lies ahead. So many times, I have forged ahead when I know God was telling me, "wait." Needless to say, it usually did not end so well. After striking out more times than I can count when I went on my own accord, I have learned that the waiting is a blessing. I know that when God has prepared me and I am ready, He will move in my life.
In the waiting is where our faith grows. If we never had to wait on God, we would often find ourselves unprepared and unable to handle the blessings that God is bringing into our lives. But when we wait with hope and expect God to work in big ways in our lives...even when it hurts to wait and it seems like we will never move beyond our current circumstances...is when faith grows strong.
I've been waiting a long time for my current situation to resolve. I have been angry at times. I've questioned God and my faith has been shaken. But every time I reach that point where I want to throw up my hands and give up, I am brought to my knees. Every time I get "fed up", I find my faith grows stronger - not just a little, but a LOT! In the waiting, I have learned to embrace the work that God is doing in me right now so that I will be ready when the blessing comes.
While you are waiting, stay hopeful and expect big blessings!