Waiting is Hard & Easy at the Same Time
“From One Christian to Another…”
Does God wait because He’s unable to fulfill our requests? Hardly. Waiting is hard and easy at the same time. It’s hard because we don’t know the outcome. We don’t know if our prayers will be answered in the way we choose. It’s easy because we know God is in control and He will do what is best. Waiting is easy when it’s based on trust.
We Want Instant Answers
Still, we don’t know the future. As Americans, we want instant answers. So much of our lives is “instant.” Remember dial-up internet? Who would ever want to go back to that? Most of us can’t remember life without microwaves and cars that drive 80 miles an hour to get somewhere fast. Our entire pace of life has speeded up exponentially when we can instantly connect with the world on the internet.
We Must Depend on God
We can instantly do a lot of things – except get God to “hurry up” and answer our prayer. For that, we must wait on Him. Do you know what that teaches us? It teaches us we are not in control of the situation. We can’t heal our own bodies. We can’t supernaturally comfort ourselves. Above all, we can’t save ourselves. We must depend on God. That’s it in a nutshell. We must depend on God’s answer and His time. Not our time. His time.
That’s humbling – being dependent on God. Realizing we can’t do it ourselves. Perhaps it’s the most important lesson waiting teaches us. In this way, the necessity to wait on God serves a very important and useful purpose. May we all learn its lesson.
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!