A few years ago, I was blessed to have gone on a six-week trip to Greece with my YiaYia (that’s Greek for grandmother). Somewhere along our six-week journey, we spent a week in a village called Kalamata. This was a beautiful village with palm trees and olive trees. We spent our nights in a hotel which was located right beside the ocean. Each morning, I would lace up my running shoes and grab my camera to take pictures of the breathtaking view of the ocean and sunrise.
As beautiful as it was to see the ocean each morning, I remember spending most of my nights in the hotel room crying myself to sleep. I was terribly upset and worried about the food I was eating each day, and it really took a toll on me. One night, I was awake until 2 a.m. just praying, rocking back and forth and asking the Lord to help me. I remember crying out to Him in pain and then I would listen to worship songs to calm my spirit. I recall listening to a song by Hilary Scott called “Thy Will Be Done.” This song helped me get through most of the nights in Greece as it reminded me of how God is in control. This experience took place two years ago, and tonight I am deeply reminded of the same fact of God being in control and that His plans are good.
So often, we as humans tend to think that we need to “help” God in our situations. For instance, when God places something on our hearts about our future, we often try to “speed up the process” by doing what could potentially hinder God’s will for our lives. In the end, God’s will is what will happen. However, we need to choose to trust that His will be done before jumping the gun and doing things apart from Him.
In Charles Stanley’s “Life Principles” Bible, he mentioned how some of life’s greatest lessons are found while we wait. As we continue to grow in our walk of faith, we begin to discover God’s will for our lives. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25). As a kid, I remember waiting in long line-ups at Canada’s Wonderland to go on one of my favorite rollercoasters called “Wild Beast.” Although the line up would take forever, the joy of riding on that rollercoaster overruled the act of waiting in line. Sometimes, it may seem as though we will never reach our destination, but when God is working all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28), we can trust that our end result will exceed our own ideas or expectations.
Trusting in God’s Will for our lives also requires strength. Have you ever heard of the hymn called “Great is Thy Faithfulness?” One of the verses in the hymn says “Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow, Great is Thy Faithfulness…” We need to rely on God’s strength as we anticipate His will to be done in our lives. Isaiah 40:29-31 reminds of that “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Some might say that waiting on God is a “waste of time”, however through my experiences of rushing into things, I’ve come to the conclusion that waiting on God is the wisest thing we could ever do. And, as we continue to wait for God will equip us with the tools we need to make it to the end of our waiting period. He gives us strength, endurance and all of the other attributes of is Holy Spirit-including love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Others might say, “what’s the point of waiting on God when you can just do it yourself?” That’s the problem with our human self-sufficient attitude. When we feel that we can accomplish things apart of God, that is when we run into trouble. When we know we’ve gone ahead and done something we shouldn’t have, we begin to feel slightly embarrassed or guilty for not listening to our Master. The Lord knows best, so as we wait we can trust that we should never have to feel embarrassment for waiting, the Lord knows what He’s doing, As Charles Stanley puts it, “While we actively wait, He actively works.”
Waiting on God is similar to watching a garden grow. We plant the seed, water it and then we wait, and wait, and wait until finally, It produces some crop. The same goes for our faith in God to fulfill His promises as we wait on Him. When we wait on God to produce something awesome in our lives, He will prove Himself to be faithful. After all, He knows exactly how long we need to wait in order to produce the best type of “crop” in our lives, which will ultimately make us become more Christ-like.