5 Things To Get You Through The Waiting Season
Hardly no one likes to wait. Be it in 5 pm traffic or long lines at the grocery store, it is clear to see that everyone is in a rush. It is just human nature to want the fast and easy way out. However, when you become a Christian one of the first and most enduring lessons God will teach you is that of patience. Anyone who’s been on this Christian walk for some time can testify to a time in their lives when God made them wait on something be it a miracle, an answer to a prayer, or a change of circumstances. In fact, some of us are at this very moment waiting on God.
Waiting on God requires patience. A common misconception about patience is that it is simply the ability to wait. While that is true, that is not all there is to it. Patience is more than just waiting; it is the attitude during the wait that counts for true patience. Ask yourself, what do you do when God calls you to wait on him in a particular season? Do you grumble? Do you complain through it? Or do you thankfully walk with Him trusting He sees you and knows what’s best? If we all had to be honest, not many of us have the right attitude in waiting. God aspires for his children to not only endure the wait with a good attitude but for us to actually welcome the wait with open arms as part of God’s plan for our lives.
Waiting on the Lord does not mean you just get to sit idly as you wait for your blessing to come. In fact, there is a proper attitude and stance that you should have as you wait. Here are a few things you could do while waiting:
Work diligently in whatever situation you have to wait in. The Bible says in Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do, in word or deed do in the name of Jesus.” It goes on to say, “Whatever you are doing, do with all your heart like you were working onto God and not man.” It doesn’t say give your all in whatever you feel like doing, it says give it all in whatever you are doing. It’s hard a lot of the times to give our best in a situation that we’re asking God to change but if you can’t be trusted in little things then no one, including God, can trust you in the bigger position you’re asking for. Trust that he knows what he’s doing by keeping you in that specific situation and work your best to show him you are serious about the next level. He’ll handle the rest.
Rest in the word while you wait. Nothing is more peace giving and reassuring than the word of God. Personalize the scriptures by writing them down and changing the “you” to “I”. Declare them, put them on your mirror, in your car, or as reminders on your phone; whatever it takes for you to believe them. It is in our waiting period that the devil attacks our minds so feeding yourself with the truth is a good way to protect yourself.
Find people who are going through the same season. Network with them and pray together so that you all may encourage yourselves in the Lord. Nothing beats having a Christian community support you in your time of waiting. This is why Apostle Paul admonishes us not to forsake gathering with our brothers and sisters in Christ (Heb 10:25) because church is important. No Christian should ever walk alone because there’s strength in numbers and even more strength in numbers who calls onto the name Jesus. Get yourself involved in your local church or with some Christian friends. They may have a word that’ll get you through the next day.
Resist comparing your season with another person’s. For someone waiting it always appears like every other person is moving ahead of you. Regardless of whether that is true or not, remember God has a unique plan for all his children and waiting was part of his plan for you. Your season of waiting is not punishment for a mistake you made or reprimand for not doing something as good as everyone else. You will eventually move out of the waiting but only in his perfect timing.
Be thankful. The season of waiting may seem so excruciating and never-ending however a spirit of gratitude will always get you through it. Thank him for the good and the bad. When we force ourselves to be thankful for situations and things even when we don’t understand them we do two different things. One, we allow ourselves to see our circumstance in a more positive light and we’re able to see beauty in the rain. Secondly, being thankful opens up a doorway to blessings. Notice how every time Jesus was going to perform a miracle He always started by giving thanks to God.
The season of waiting is not pleasant however it is just that, a season. Season’s don’t last forever so eventually that season of waiting will turn into a season of seeing God move. Whether it lasts for 10 weeks or 10 years, continue to trust in God.
“Take courage my heart, stay steadfast my soul. He’s in the waiting. Hold on to your hope as your triumph unfolds, he’s never failing. ” – Bethel, “Take courage”
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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