I used to work in my husbands Family Practice office. I’ve seen thousands and thousands of patients come and go! And I got to watch how they waited to be called back to see the doctor. There were the sleepers, people that fell asleep in a waiting room. Some of them even snored. There were the eyeball rollers, every time a patient, that was not them, was called back they would roll their eyes. They could be thrown into the same group as the sighers and the humphers. There were the unprepared mothers with children who did not bring a thing to keep their children occupied and let them run wild in the office’s little playroom and beyond. And there were a smart group of patients who came prepared to wait.
Waiting for the doctor is an artform. It takes patience and planning and using the waiting time to our advantage.
I think waiting for God is sorta like waiting for the doctor. We’ve all been in God’s waiting room. You just might be there today.
Right now it seems that much of my family has been gathered into a time of waiting for God! I am waiting for my ankle to heal, my daughter is waiting for a nanny for Anderson, my son and his wife are waiting for their little girl to arrive in June and there are many other things in our lives that have us waiting on God that will go unspoken here!
I bet you are probably in God’s waiting room right along with us. We all have issues and problems and situations and things we are asking God to help us with and give us wisdom about. Really, it’s like we are in one big waiting room of life.
How will you use your time? Will you be a sleeper or a sigher or run amok or will you use the waiting time wisely?
Waiting for God is a way of life for me! I can’t say I’ve always fallen into the “wise” category of waiters but I can share some ways that make the waiting easier and worthwhile.
Waiting on God has a great purpose. If done God’s way it can make us patient (no pun intended). And patience is a gift! Patience puts us on the road to being mature. Mature in knowing God and dealing with life the way He wants us to.
Here are a few ways we can sit in God’s waiting room and use our time wisely!
Always, always, always do things God’s way. Don’t try to get out of the wait by sinning. God has put you in the waiting room to grow you and if you wait on Him he will show you His plan for your life. It may or may not be what you want, but it will ALWAYS be best for you! And it will always glorify Him!
Spend time in God’s word. Don’t just read the word… study it. Use it to pray for your situation. You have to know God’s word to obey Him.
Also, don’t worry. Not an easy thing to do when we wait. It’s quite a natural reaction to worry about things. But God’s word tells us…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
God knows best. So don’t worry… PRAY instead! Talk to God while you are in His waiting room. Talk to Him constantly! Thank Him ahead of time for how He will help you. Know for sure He will!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:6
Don’t run amok during a time of waiting. Stay true. I find that when I look for God in my situation I can find Him. He and He alone is our compass! We are the most frail in the waiting times. We can so easily unravel! We can spin off onto a bad path of life. In those times it is most important to look for God! Find Him in the people He sends into your life to help you. Find Him in times of peace and grace in the waiting time. Seek for Him and you will find Him!
The waiting room of God is a crowded place. But unlike my husband’s waiting room… God is never late! Keep your eyes on Him! Keep close and do not sin! Do not worry. Instead, study His word and pray always. Be thankful for what God will do for your situation and search to find Him right there with you! Cling to Him and don’t let go!
When God calls you out of His waiting room make sure to thank Him and give Him the glory! Tell others of His goodness in your life! And take stock of how He has grown you!
And while you are praying will you pray for me and other in the waiting room too?
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