Waiting is hard. At least, that’s how I used to feel. On March 28th I (finally) got my license. I know, I’m 23 and I’m just now getting my license. I’ve been busy. Don’t judge me. However, 9 months ago all I had was a learner’s permit and a date to start driving school. I looked at that 9 month sentence with dread, imagining those horrible months of waiting. 9 more months of riding the bus. 9 more months of asking for rides.
I came to realize that waiting is never idle. While waiting to get my license I had to go through 2 weeks of driving school. I had to get 60 hours of driving experience. I also had to do 6 hours with a driving instructor and prepare for the test. If I didn’t have those 9 months, I can guarantee you I would not have passed the test to get my license.
I find that a similar thing happens to us when we have to wait on God. Whether we’re waiting for a job, a promotion, a spouse, or acceptance into a school, there is a benefit in the waiting. God can use that time to prepare us to receive what it is we are waiting for. Imagine the destruction I would have caused to my life and potentially other people’s lives if I bypassed the 9 month waiting period and just got my license on the spot.
I think it’s fairly easy for many of us to recognize the dangers of getting something we aren’t prepared for. The greater difficulty is in actually having to wait, but the answer to getting over that is in your perspective. View waiting as opportunity and not suffering. Chances are whatever you’re asking for requires a new level of responsibility and responsibility is hard. Take waiting as an opportunity to do your research. What skills does it take to lead your coworkers in the new managerial position you’re hoping for? How much will it cost to attend this school you’re applying for? What does it take to maintain a godly marriage? Ask questions, read books, and pray to God about these things.
Lastly, enjoy your freedom. If that new promotion will require you to work more hours, take the time you have now to go on weekend trips with your friends. If you’re single, enjoy making decisions with only you and God in mind. If you’re applying for a job, enjoy not having to wake up at 6am and putting in 8 hours a day at work. Wait and know that God is for you.
“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a G0d like You, who works for those who wait for Him!” Isaiah 64:4 NLT