Today, let’s look into a shared human experience – the waiting game. You know those times when doors close, everything we try seems to not work or progress slows down, and we’re left wondering what’s going on? Well, in those moments, there are valuable lessons to be learned that can deepen our understanding of life and how we choose to respond.
1. Celebrate Others without Comparison: Sharing in the Joy
Life is an intricate tapestry of stories. As Paul suggests in Romans 12:15-18, let’s be there for one another during times of joy and sorrow alike. It’s about genuinely celebrating the victories of others as if they were our own. When we celebrate others without comparison, we foster a community built on genuine love and support. It’s a reminder that someone else’s success doesn’t diminish our own; instead, it enriches the collective tapestry of our lives. By actively participating in the joy of others, we contribute to a culture of encouragement and unity.
In the waiting room of life, Abraham and Sarah waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise – the birth of their son, Isaac. Their journey was marked by testing, trying to force God’s plan, learning patience, trusting, and finally, the joyous arrival of Isaac. Their story teaches us that even when the promise seems delayed, God’s timing is perfect, and joy awaits those who endure with faith. Abraham and Sarah’s story can be read in Genesis 21:1-7.
Take a Step of Faith: It may seem like the hardest thing to do, especially when it feels like everyone around you is experiencing good things happening to them. Choose to celebrate others. Seek out someone experiencing a positive moment and share in their joy. Let them know you’re genuinely happy for them.
2. Humility Opens Doors: Staying Grounded, Staying Connected
Pride will hinder our progress. In John 15:4, Jesus urges us to stay close to what truly matters. When pride creeps in, it interferes with our growth and distorts waiting as a setback rather than an opportunity for our faith to be tested and for meaningful maturity. Humility is a powerful virtue that keeps us connected to our source of strength and growth. When we acknowledge that our journey is part of something greater, it fosters a sense of gratitude and openness to learning. In the waiting, humility enables us to recognize that every step is a valuable part of the process, contributing to our development and character.
David, a shepherd boy, was anointed as the future king of Israel. However, between the anointing and the actual fulfillment of this promise, David faced a waiting period marked by challenges and unexpected turns. His humility and reliance on God during this time shaped him into the king God had intended. David’s story teaches us that humility in waiting prepares us for the responsibilities God has in store. David’s story Anointed as King can be read in 1 Samuel 16:1-13.
Take a Step of Faith: Reflect on areas where pride may be influencing your thoughts and actions. Seek the humility to remain grounded in the journey.
3. Waiting Has a Purpose: Trusting the Process
While waiting can be challenging, Romans 8:28 reassures us that there’s a purpose in it all. Even in the waiting, God is working for our ultimate good. Waiting is not a passive experience but rather a purposeful journey orchestrated by a loving and wise Creator. It’s an opportunity for refinement and preparation. In our journals, let’s document the lessons we learn, the strength we gain, and the growth that occurs during these waiting periods. Trusting the process means acknowledging that even in the stillness, God is actively at work, aligning circumstances for our benefit and His glory.
Joseph’s life was a series of waiting periods – from being sold into slavery to unjustly imprisoned. Yet, in the waiting, God was working out a greater plan. Joseph’s patience and faithfulness eventually led him to a position of power and influence in Egypt, where he played a crucial role in God’s redemptive plan. His story reminds us that even in the darkest of times, God is orchestrating a purpose beyond our understanding. Joseph’s story of imprisonment and rise to power can be read in Genesis 39-41.
Take a Step of Faith: Maintain a journal to document your thoughts and feelings during this waiting season. Reflect on past experiences and recognize how they contributed to your growth.
Dear God, in these moments of waiting, grant us the ability to celebrate the successes of others, the humility to remain connected to what truly matters, and the faith to trust in Your divine plan. May we find joy in the journey and peace in Your overarching purpose. In Jesus name, Amen.
May these verses and stories serve as beacons of hope and encouragement as we navigate our own waiting seasons. The journey may be long, but the destination is worth the wait.