The Four P's of WAITING
The excitement is building up. I have been dreaming about this opportunity for at least three years now. In an unexpected place, at a meeting, I met the perfect associate/mentor. We discussed this PERFECT opportunity that I had been praying for over the last three years. My response was, “Yes, I want the opportunity, when do I start?” Then came the crushing response, “Well there are a few things that need to be worked out first, before you can start.” That was about seven months ago. I prayed and prayed about this opportunity faithfully and I just knew that it was time. But a few months ago, around April, I began to doubt that I would get to fulfill the opportunity. Then one morning during my prayer time, I called out to God, asking how, when, and if this was the opportunity for me. God spoke to me and said, “My child, yes this is opportunity for you, but not just yet. Be patient and wait my child.” So l here I am…..waiting….
To each of us, our waiting seasons will look different. We are each probably waiting on different things. Some may be waiting for a spouse, a job, a new home, to start a family, or for healing, etc. So what does this waiting look like? What should I be doing during this waiting season? This is what has been revealed to me during my waiting season. The waiting season is going to require four things from us.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25 (ESV)
1) Pray and trust God
During this time of waiting, we must pray continually and trust God. When we don’t trust God, it brings in doubt. Then that doubt turns into fear and anxiety. Most times fear and anxiety cause us to move “ahead” of God and seek out own resources or solutions.
We must also pray that God’s will be done in that which we are waiting for. I know that most times we have our own plans and our own agenda, but the key is to pray for HIS WILL to be done in our lives, even while we are waiting.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
2) Pursue God with Faith
During this waiting season, it is important to study God’s word and continue to hold on to his promises. Being in a waiting season causes us the draw closer to God and put our focus on him. Drawing closer to God and focusing on him strengthens and renews our faith. Waiting on God causes our faith and dependence on him to grow.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
3) Prepare while Waiting
Although, while in the waiting season, we are waiting for the blessings to be released in his timing, we should still prepare during the process.
Prepare by following the instructions that God gives during prayer and quiet time with him. We must ensure that we are preparing for God’s plans and not our own plans. We must be willing to accept God’s plans. Preparation requires us to seek God and understand that his plan is for a greater purpose.
I can remember a sermon from years ago where the Pastor was talking about single women asking God to send them a Boaz. He presented that question, “How are preparing for your Boaz?” Every time I am in waiting season, I go back to this sermon and think about how am I preparing while I am waiting?
If you are waiting for a spouse, are you preparing your heart to share your life with someone else?
If you are waiting for a job opportunity, are you updating your resume? Are you making new contacts?
As I am waiting for the appointed time of this opportunity, I am continuing to maintain contact with my mentor and to sharpen my skills.
4) Praise him in advance
Praise God in advance for what he is about to do in your life. Praise him for the plan that he is about to unveil. Also praise him for the lessons that you learned while you are waiting for him. God uses waiting for us to draw closer to him. Waiting on God takes patience. But we must be confident that the will see us through this process.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 (NIV)
So as you wait, continue to pray, pursue God, prepare for your blessings, and praise God in advance. Choose to follow God's plan and not your own. God will make all the waiting worthwhile.
HIS LOVE and MINE,