Let's talk about waiting, because we all do it. Sometimes waiting isn't that bad, right? You really want that top that goes well with those jeans in your closet, so you willingly wait in the long line at Old Navy to purchase said top. You are surrounded by others who are clearly okay with the wait too as they also have found an item they can't leave the store without. Or you really need that cup of joe to energize you before your 8 a.m. meeting so the wait at the Starbucks drive-thru line is worth it as long as the caramel macchiato with 2 extra shots of expresso gets in your hands just like you ordered it. And sometimes though the hostess told you it'd be a 30 - 45 minute wait, you check your watch when they call your party and luckily you only had to wait about 20 minutes for a table and now you finally get to try that new restaurant in town everyone's been talking about. But what if the wait takes longer? And what if what we're waiting for isn't as exciting as a new top, your go-to Starbucks drink or the new and shiny eatery in town.
What if the wait takes years? What if the wait feels lonely?
I think we all take our turns in the 'waiting room'. And although we all have to wait in an actual, physical waiting room when we go to the doctor, dentist, etc. (If you don't, tell me, please, what doctor's office you visit and sign me up!) the waiting room I'm referring to here is more metaphoric - symbolizing the times in our lives where we feel God has said:
w a i t.
To put it bluntly, at times, to wait is simply annoying, painful, dreadful and lonely. Because, let's face it - we currently live in the 'have it now and have it my way' society. But God doesn't work the way society works. God isn't confined to our time, our resources, and our solutions.
So if you're waiting for your career to take off, waiting for test results from the doctors office, or for a prodigal son to return home, or waiting for a spouse... no matter what your wait is for and no matter how long you've been waiting, know that you are not alone and you must remember God is f a i t h f u l.
And while you wait... only one is out to get you. Only one is out to strip you of any ounce of faith and hope that may remain in you - the father of lies, himself: Satan. Ew. I hate that guy. Seriously. God has been speaking to me in regards to those waiting seasons and I came to realize that if the enemy can devour us in the 'waiting room' then we are no longer a concern to him. I believe there are so many believers in the waiting room and that is where it seems as though the enemy's lies grow louder and louder, the room closes in around you and before you know it, you feel as though you are sitting in a dark and empty room cell... alone. Completely hopeless. Completely crippled. Completely defeated.
He constantly spits his lies, lies and more lies: "God doesn't love you." | "You aren't good enough/holy enough." | "It will never happen." | "God has forgotten about you." | "God doesn't care." | "No one understands." | "No one cares." | "You're just a burden." | "Keep it to yourself, keep it inside." | "Keep quiet. No one wants to hear you complain again." | "You are alone." | "Stop praying - it doesn't work." | "There's no hope."
I cringed just typing all those out because those statements are FAR from TRUTH. They're LIES!! And to be honest - I could also feel my blood rising because SATAN is such a big fat LIAR and it irks me!!! He deceives. He falsely accuses. He is out to get you. He is out to silence you. He is out to stop you. He is out to steal, kill and destroy. And he ain't sorry about it! His schemes aren't new and he doesn't even deserve our attention!
With all this said, I realized that in the waiting room is where more than ever:
1. Our eyes must be fixated on Jesus. - Quit looking to the left and to the right. Quit comparing. Your story won't be the same as another's. Quit looking to yourself, even, because your own strength will fail you. Look only to the one who saves you, restores you, strengthens you and lavishes you with his LOVE.
3. Surround ourselves with healthy, God-centered community. - No man is an island. You weren't created for isolation, you were created for community. If the enemy can keep you isolated as you wait or just in general, he can keep you discouraged. Be transparent with your community. Faking it with them gets you no where.
More on this: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 | Matthew 18:20 | Acts 2:46
4. Keep His promises in mind. - We must constantly remind ourselves of His promises through the reading of His Word. We serve a faithful God. You can't trust a God you don't know. Open His word, read it and discover all the promises of God. And remember, He never breaks a promise.
More on this: Psalm 9:9 | Isaiah 40:29 | Psalm 18:2 | Isaiah 40:31
5. VOCALIZE the TRUTH. - We must open our mouths and speak the truth over ourselves in order to extinguish the lies of the evil one. Proclaim it, declare it, SING IT at the top of your lungs, if you need to! Worship. Worship. Worship. All day, every day. Do it, because when we speak the name of Jesus, darkness flees.
More on this: Psalm 28:7 | 2 Samuel 22:4
6. Don't try to fill the gaps for God. - Credit to the hubs on this. He shared a sermon on this last month. When the wait gets long... or when we start to doubt God... we try to fill the gaps for him as though he's fallen asleep on the situation. But, you aren't God and you aren't good at being God, so don't try to be.
When you give the enemy the stage, he will put on a show. And if you don't pull the plug on that show, he'll even give you an encore. He wastes no time in isolating you, speaking lies to you and thus making you feel completely abandon, unloved, helpless and filled with fear. While in the 'waiting room' he'll try to convince you that waiting means your hands are tied and you're in captivity. But you, my brother or sister in Christ, now live in freedom and your God is a faithful God. May your strength only rise as you wait on the Lord. Feel free to comment below ways I can be praying for you as you wait because I'm more than happy to, friend.
Ps. A couple months ago I stumbled upon a song titled Take Courage, written by Kristine DiMarco. I have played this song over and over and over and over again. You get the point. Enjoy.