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Today’s Truth

It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.

Deuteronomy 11:12

Friend to Friend

I sat on the curb after practice, wondering, “Is mom ever going to come?” It was a particularly hard high school year. For one, my nose got hit with a field hockey stick. Even today, it sits a little crooked. And on this particular day, after all those sprints, shooting pains shot up my legs. I could hardly sit. Every position was agony. So with my teammates long gone, I moaned. Then, I replayed everything: the shots I didn’t make, the girls that were faster than me, and how I must have looked downright stupid.

Five minutes turned into twenty. Would she ever come?

Times of waiting are battles – the sense of “not knowing” compounds everything. Here, we tend to think, “If she isn’t there for me, God won’t be there either. I’m unworthy. I’ll be left behind. I brought on this problem. I’m stuck. Bound to fail. Surely, I’ll make a fool of myself again.”

I find it is here that old injuries, gut-wrenching feelings of abandonment, and age-old failures come back to attack. They often rob our faith.

Yet, I can’t help but wonder: If waiting times aren’t uncommon to Biblical men and women, why do I think they’ll be uncommon to me?

I mean, Sarah waited decades to have a baby. Blind people waited what probably felt like forever to be healed by Jesus. Mary waited while Jesus grew up. The other Mary waited for her brother Lazarus to get healed. Moses waited to get out of Egypt. Jesus waited decades to start His ministry, then about three years to die on the cross to defeat death.

Even in the worldly sense, waiting times have value. A delayed inheritance makes a son wise. A pregnant mother gives nine months time for the baby to grow. A toddler girl learns to swim before jumping in the deep end.

What if our times of waiting aren’t meant to torture us, but to grow us? And to prepare us for a greater land ahead?

“The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden… It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.” (Deuteronomy 11:10, 12, NIV)

The new land has new terrain. New obstacles. New preparation is needed for that place.

Consider, if you want to adventure through new terrain, you must prepare for it. If you’re traveling over rocky ground, you need the right wheels. Perhaps an SUV. If you are climbing a new mountain, you need to have a harness, and one you trust. Waiting gives us time to prepare to go to the places God has planned for us.

We can wait well. Here are few ways to do just that:

  1. Remember the cross.

Encourage yourself by saying, “Jesus’ sacrifice fully covers me and now protects me from any assaulting words of the enemy. Even if I don’t do things perfectly, through the sacrifice of Christ, I am hidden in Christ.”

  1. Reconsider who you are.

Think, “I am a daughter of the most-High King. He knows how to take care of me.”

  1. Reestablish who God is.

Say, “God is on my side. He will pull through for me, help me and rescue me. I can trust Him.”

  1. Remind yourself: Waiting ground is faith-proving ground.

Choose to delight in and dwell on the little blessings God gives day-to-day.

  1. Reflect on the learnings.

Encourage yourself by saying, “God, teach me what I need to know through this time of wait, so I can grow in faith.”

Lets Pray

Father, thank You that You are well acquainted with everything happening in my life. Help me to trust You in all ways. Increase my faith.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now Its Your Turn

Consider a time of wait that you experienced in the past. What did you learn from it? How did you grow? How did God take care of you?

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Kelly Balarie, blogger at Purposeful Faith and author of the new book “Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt and Live Victoriously” is passionate about joining hands with women who often find themselves stuck in the pits of life. Step-by-step, word-by-word, her dream is that together they can emerge better – fear, fret and panic-free. Get all of Kelly’s Purposeful Faith blog posts by email for a dose of inspiration and encouragement.

10 Responses to “Five Tips for When You’re Tired of Waiting”

  1. Princy says:

    This message came when I am facing the toughest battles while I am waiting I need an anchor to hold on to my hope and the word of God is the anchor given to me for best

  2. Sondra says:

    Waiting for my appointment Friday with the Cancer Doctor. All I have known for several weeks that I have cancer. Finally all tests are in and I will see the Dr Friday. Waiting has been hard but i can face tomorrow because I am his child and his love blanket surround me. Thank,you for this devotion this morning. May it comfort other as it has comfort me.

  3. Kristi says:

    Praying for you Sondra. ❤🙏

  4. Princy, I pray that the peace of God overcomes you. I pray that you are able to rest in the arms of God’s love. I pray that you find His life in such tangible ways. He is near you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

  5. Kristi, you are a blessing!

  6. Sonda,

    Those who wait on the Lord will mount up with wings like eagles. This comes to mind to me right now. You are waiting, but you are also in God’s hands, on his wings. Be not discouraged, or afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you.

  7. Cathy says:

    Lifting you in prayer, Sondra. 🙏🏼
    Thank you for this word Kelly. “I am a daughter of the most High King”.
    Thank you Jesus.

  8. julie says:

    good luck at the drs Sondra! will keep you in my prayers

  9. julie says:

    thank you for this this came at the right time for me!! waiting to hear about what the eye specialist dr. says on thurs. (tom. 10/25) that HOPEFULLY can do surgery right away instead of having to wait till middle of December. been dealing with this pain since august and I don’t know honestly how much more I can take……also hubby and I are waiting to be placed with a foster child or foster children. we haven’t had a child/children for 14 months (just some things…..). in the process of renewing our license and possibly switching agencies. asking God to give me the courage to call the new agency that we would possibly want to go with (they are a lot closer to us and better chances of getting placed with a possible forever child/forever children) but i don’t know why just honestly scared I guess. prob well not prob. but most likely just the devil trying to put bad thoughts in my head/scaring me/putting doubt/fear. but just got to remember that God has got this in His timing not ours. just to be patient (which is hard for me but need to be more)…faith overcomes fear. anyone who reads this would gladly appreciate the prayers. ty my fellow sisters. God bless

  10. Semhal says:

    Prayes on the way💫
    Wish you all the best Sondra.

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