Do you enjoy waiting? Do you love standing in a queue that’s not moving? Maybe you have been waiting for days, weeks, months or even years for something. Nobody loves it.
Some people are waiting to finish school, to get married, to have children, to own a home, to get a promotion or to retire. I think you get the point. The truth is, we are all waiting for something. So why do we hate waiting?
We live in a here and now society
I’m showing my age here now, but did you know that there was a time before microwave ovens? I remember being a small child and coming home from a day out. My mom would get the leftovers out of the fridge and warm them up in a pot on the stove. And it would not take 2 minutes like it does in the microwave. We live in an instant gratification society where we pay money to speed things up.
We don’t see the benefit
We view waiting as a negative thing. But in many instances, waiting is a good thing. If an expectant mother waits nine months to hold her baby, (even through the discomfort, nausea and sleepless nights) she can nurture and adore a fully developed little one. If vineyard owners are patient, they can produce the most exclusive and luxurious wines, simply by waiting the appropriate length of time. The longer the wine sits, the better it is.
People think that waiting is a waste of time. Yet it’s not. Now as you can gather, I’m not referring to waiting in a queue. I am talking about waiting for significant life events.
- It prepares you – contrary to our belief, we are not ready to receive what we are waiting for. Our character needs to be built and our skills and ability need to grow. God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you.
- Waiting matures you – the most impatient of us all are children. They haven’t developed the maturity to be able to wait. Waiting helps mature us and bring out the gold that God has deposited on the inside of us.
- Gratitude grows – anything worth having doesn’t come easily. If we got everything we wanted the minute we wanted it, we wouldn’t value it as much. Therefore, you are more grateful when you work hard and have to wait for what you desire. There is purpose in the waiting.
God is preparing you for what He has prepared for you. That is exciting! If you would like to know more about the plans God has for your life, click on the link below or on the pop up.