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Managing the weight of the wait with God’s help.

Introduction

Waiting. Our lives are made up of periods of waiting, whether we are waiting in line at the supermarket, waiting on exam results, waiting nine months to see the baby, or waiting for answers to prayers.

I personally don’t like waiting, especially when there is no definite deadline for when the wait will be over. I get miserable, stressed, and even lose sleep but I am sure it’s only me. I have found that waiting with the wrong attitude can make the wait seem like I am being crushed by a boulder (this is how waiting turns into literal weight, in my opinion). 

Bible characters who struggled with the wait

We are reminded of the story of Abram who in Genesis 15: 1 – 4 received a word from God that he would have a son.  In Genesis Chapter 16 he let his wife Sarai (Sarai did not any have children) convince him to conceive a child with her servant girl Hagar,  which caused problems in the household. Abram was 86 yrs old when Hagar’s son was born (Genesis 16:16).   Abraham (Abraham and Sarah’s names changed in Genesis Chapter 17) received confirmation about the promise in Genesis Chapter 18 from one of three men that visited him, who told him that he would have a son in the next year. The promised child Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old. (Genesis 21: 1 – 7) .  Abraham waited approximately 14 yrs between the birth of Hagar’s son when he was 86 yrs and his promised son with Sarah, when he was 100 yrs old.

In this technologically advanced era 14 years, is like two lifetimes. However, Christians don’t work by the time of the world, we work by God’s time. We are reminded in Isaiah Chapter 40: 29- 31 about the Christian wait which states, “29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (NKJV).  Many songs have been penned from these Bible verses and you may wonder, how do you get wings?  No, you don’t get them from joining the Marvel heroes. You get them through a relationship with God, surrendering to him and letting him lead you.

How do I manage the weight of the wait?

The Bible is a wonderful book, it provides us with the tools we need to survive and there is always someone we can relate to, that has been through our current situation. I love the story of Joseph (son of Jacob), he dreamt that he was in a field and his brother’s sheaves (grain stalks) would be bowing down to his sheaf and even the sun,  moon, and 11 stars would bow to him. The dreams he had angered his brothers who threw him in a pit and later sold him to some Ishmaelites  (Genesis 37). He was imprisoned because of a lie (Genesis 39: 19 -23) but God’s favor was with him.  Pharaoh place Joseph in charge of Egypt when he was 30 yrs old (Genesis 41).  From the pit to the throne in Egypt took 13 yrs. 

I have come to the realization that in the waiting season, God is not trying to kill me but he is growing me. What do I mean?  The weight of the wait may feel like a boulder, but is it really that bad or is it my attitude toward the wait.

This is how I approach the WAIT:

  1. Pray and ask God for the strength, right attitude, and patience in the wait.
  • Spend more time studying the Bible, so that I can write better articles.
  • Ask God for the spirit of discernment, so I can understand what the wait means.
  • Keep busy (work on my hobbies).
  • Challenge myself with some new goals (make a vision board) Habakkuk 2: 2 . I have found that writing down goals really lights a fire on the inside of me and keeps me moving forward. 
  • The waiting valley gives me a good vantage point, as I get to see people for who they really are.

My conclusion on the wait

I have been waiting over 2 years for an answer to my prayers but  since there is no timeline for when this weight will be lifted, I have decided that:

  • I am going to live through the wait, meet some new people and form new relationships.
  • I am still struggling with impatience but I am going to conquer with God’s help.
  • While I am waiting, I going to improve my education, develop myself and pray for wisdom. I became a published author with a book on Amazon and I am now writing articles just like this one that you are now reading.

These are some of the methods I am using to grow the wings mentioned in Isaiah 40.  I am challenging you to find ways to grow your wings in the wait.

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