Waiting Well

Being a young adult, it feels like everyone is in this phase of waiting. Waiting to graduate, waiting for a job, waiting to fall in love, waiting to get married, waiting to be pregnant. If we look at the things I just listed off the top of my head, there is a pattern. Usually, you graduate first. Then you’re naturally waiting for your career to take off and to fall in love. Then you’re waiting to marry the person and eventually have kids. Here’s the thing: You will always be waiting. On this side of heaven, we will always be waiting for something more, because we were created for something this world can’t offer. And until we meet Him face to face, we will always be anticipating that day and searching for something else to fill the void in the meantime. I don’t want to be so focused on getting to the next thing that I miss what God is doing right here before my very eyes. I don’t want to be so preoccupied searching for what He’s going to do next that I miss what He’s doing right now.

The purpose in the waiting is not eagerly anticipating all that is to come, but rather eagerly embracing all that is in this moment right here, right now, because we will never be in this place again.

You are uniquely positioned right now in a way that enables you to serve how you wouldn’t be able to serve in another season of life.
I want you to be free from worry. A man who is not married is busy with the Lord’s work, trying to please the Lord.  But a man who is married is busy with things of the world, trying to please his wife.  He must think about two things—pleasing his wife and pleasing the Lord. A woman who is not married or a girl who has never married is busy with the Lord’s work. She wants to be holy in body and spirit. But a married woman is busy with things of the world, as to how she can please her husband. I am saying this to help you, not to limit you. But I want you to live in the right way, to give yourselves fully to the Lord without concern for other things. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

These verses are specifically referring to marriage, probably because other than our salvation that is the single most life altering choice we will make. However, the same concept can be applied to every season and anything you’re waiting for. It’s all about waiting well.

Here’s the other thing: Everyone wants what they don’t have. And once you get what you’ve always wanted, you will want something else. Because there’s always something else out there to consume or experience, and we’re all really just searching for something more, something new, something exciting. I’ve said it a million times and I’m gently reminding myself always – let Him be enough. Rest in Him. Because it’s really Him you were created to crave, not anything else. Everything else is just a blessing that He gives as an outpouring of His love in a tangible way. So, in the in-between, use your time wisely. Whatever it is you’re pouring into, you’re exchanging your life for.

And hold onto this: The longer we wait for something, the more we appreciate it once it’s ours. Anything worth having takes time getting and anything worth keeping isn’t easily received.

 

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