Learning to Wait
When my youngest daughter was one-year-old, she signed, which is an excellent way to communicate her needs. Two of my daughters signed (my middle one refused). Our signing girls during infancy/toddlerhood were comfortable. When we wake up in the morning after our good morning kisses, my baby will sign “milk.” I usually reply “Wait” (in sign) at which she begins to get anxious. Continually signing milk, waving her arms, kicking her feet. She knows it is coming, but she wants it NOW! Once she gets it, she is satisfied and content.
Now, my baby is also a “healthy eater,” horrible sleeper, but more than makes up for it in food consumption. When she was youngers she would sign “eat” and I respond “wait” her reaction is completely different than when she wants milk. My baby proceeds to fall out on the ground and has a tantrum. Crying, yelling, signing till I put her in the high chair and fed her.
Waiting without God
Waiting without God and waiting with God I have found similarities with my one-year old’s patience. When I first found Christ, I would wait without God. Praying for things and anxiously waiting for God to answer; similarly to my toddler when I tell her to wait. Sometimes, I would have a full out tantrum because things weren’t happening in my time or how I wanted them.
Then I progressed in my faith and became like my seven-year-old. When I tell her to wait for something, she’ll take it upon herself to do it on her own. Calling herself “helping” me out usually ending up in a spill, break or simply a mess. I have “helped’ out God quite a few times resulting in nothing that I wanted or a long messy drawn out way to it.
Waiting with God
Now being faith-fueled for a few years I wait differently than I did when I first came into my faith. I have found Scripture to guide me; yet, still, work in progress is still working on my execution. Similarly to my twelve-year-old; when she ask me for something and I say “wait.” She will wait for a while to come back to me and remind or ask me again. Then, if I still haven’t done it, she will ask if she can help me and wait a little longer. Thanking me once I execute my task because of our eleven years together she has gained trust in me and knew that I would get to it when I can.
4 Steps to Waiting
Like my relationship with all my daughters; I have learned to wait with God as I have matured in my faith. As I have grown, I have found that I need several things for me to have patience, hope, and trust that the Lord will answer my prayers. I may not like the answer, but I will receive a reply nonetheless in due time.
1. Wait When waiting with the Lord you have to have trust and confidence that He will answer you as well as stay close by His side so that you are ready when it is time. (Kind of like my twelve years old)
Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV) 20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
This verse to me is a proven process of what is needed to wait for the Lord.
2. Help I look to God for his help in trouble instead of offering my “help.”
Psalm 46:1(NIV) God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
3. Rejoice Instead of fretting; I rejoice no matter what. I am grateful to turn to and to help me in need. I just need to come to Him, be grateful for Him and wait for Him to take action.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
4. Trust Something that I learned and continued to grow in is trusting in the Lord. How He does things because it’s usually different from my own but always so much better than anything that I could do for myself.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
What helps you get through the waiting phase?