This time of year is a great time to be reminded of the blessing of waiting. We don’t think of waiting as a blessing, because most of us want it and want it now, but waiting is actually a good thing. One of my most special memories as a boy was going to my Grandma’s and looking through the Sears and J.C. Penny Catalogs and thinking about what I might get for Christmas. I would draw circles around that things that I was hoping that Santa would bring and I would always get the same advice: “You will just have to wait and see!” I can honestly tell you, that I was never disappointed. Looking back, I did not get everything that I circled, not even close, but I always got something special and many times, it was better than what I had circled.
While we don’t like to wait, wait is exactly what we need to do a lot of times, because it is in the waiting that our Creator is able to do some work on and in us that needs to be done. When we learn to wait on our Creator, we learn to direct our attention and live in hopeful anticipation of what can be. This grows our faith, which allows all kinds of amazing things to happen in and through our lives.
Waiting helps me to get better at trusting, not just with a part of me, but with every ounce of my being. I don’t have to figure everything out. I don’t always have to have the answer. I was designed to wait and in the wait is when my design begins to function miraculously.
Our Creator has promised that when we wait on Him, He will renew our strength – enabling us to live above our circumstances, empowered by His blessed hope and encouraged by His continual presence. My waiting shows my dependence and my willingness to do His will above my own, showing that I trust Him above any and everything else.
So, what is your big hurry? Take some time to enjoy the wait, because the waiting allows us to enjoy Him and helps us to live blessed!