What are you waiting for? Maybe it’s a new, better job, a marriage proposal, a dream vacation? Maybe you’re just waiting for the weekend or, more simply, the next thing.
Whatever you’re waiting for, the world has an answer. It’ll tell you run harder, push faster, make it happen. It’ll make you feel like its okay to be a little compulsive. You only live once, so eat it, flaunt it, charge it. After all, you’re worth it. You deserve it. You’ve only got to take care of yourself.
These are the nuggets of worldly motivation. Society insists we gorge ourselves on them. Because waiting is hard, real hard. Waiting demands we embrace faith. We hold on for opportunity. We carry hope. We trust in something, or rather Someone, greater than ourselves.
Recall the last time you waited. What happened? The answer came. The letter arrived. Another position opened up. Another person came along. And, oh yeah, don’t forget, life went on.
So you have a track record. Do you really need to ask if your wait is worth it? Or do you already have a hunch? Most of the greats in the Bible were friends of waiting. John waited his whole life to write the best-selling apocalyptic book of all time, Revelation. The Israelites waited forty years to shake the sand from their sandals and enter the Promised Land. Jesus waited thirty years to start His ministry. Jonah sat three days in the stinky belly of a fish before God used him to bring revival to Nineveh.
Do you want renewal? Do you want to minister to others? Do you want an extraordinary son? Do you want an extraordinary job? Do you want an extraordinary spouse? Do you want the extraordinary? Do you want God’s best for your life? If so, then you’ll probably have to wait. So the next time someone asks you, “What are you waiting for?” smile and with a twinkle of hope reply, “God.”
Father, forgive me for my impatience. I trust in You, and I want Your best. Help me to wait on You. I love you.
RELEVANT’s “Deeper Walk” daily devotionals are presented by the LUMO Project, a visual translation of the four Gospels developed to engage people with scripture in a new way. You can watch the videos—which redefine the standard of visual biblical media—on YouTube, and find out more about LUMO’s mission at their website.
Margaret Feinberg is a writer based in Juneau, Alaska. She is author of God Whispers: Learning to Hear His Voice and a contributing writer to both Enjoying God: Embracing Intimacy with the Heavenly Father and I AM RELEVANT.