Last week I was forced to do something I dislike – wait. I was traveling by plane to New York for my brother’s funeral and since I always try to make my life as stress-free as possible, I arrived at the airport exactly two hours before my flight. To top it off, I checked in online, uploaded my boarding pass to my phone – very convenient, this technology thing – and since I had no luggage to check, I breezed over to security and then to my gate. I felt very proud of myself, until I sat and began the tedious business of waiting.
Waiting is inevitable
Do you enjoy waiting? I guess not. But in life there are so many things we have to wait for. The bus, the plane, an answer to a job application and so many others. It’s the same when you’re trying to achieve a goal. A person doesn’t enter medical school and become a doctor right away. Or, you don’t climb into a cockpit and become a pilot. You have to go through years of study and tests before you become a doctor or a pilot or whatever you’re aiming at.
Waiting is good
Yes, you read that right. Waiting is good. The Bible says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40: 31). What does this mean? It means while we’re waiting on the Lord to accomplish His will in us, we’re gathering strength. We’re preparing ourselves to meet that goal head on so when the time comes, we will not fail. We cannot fail.
Waiting in faith
Whatever you are waiting on, whether it’s to lose weight, find a job, find the right man or woman, you must wait in faith. Know that God’s will for your life will prevail, if you trust Him. So, while you are waiting, relax. Do not worry or fret because the answer seems long in coming. Do not worry or fret if the answer is ‘no.’ I know that sounds discouraging, but not everything we pray for is right for us. Think of the way you respond when your children ask for something. Sometimes you say, “wait,” and sometimes you say, “no.” It’s the same with our Heavenly Father.
The wait will end
As I waited for my plane in the airport, I checked my emails then leafed through a book I planned to read. By the time the boarding call came, I was relaxed. No more of the anxiety I’d felt on the way to the airport as to whether I would get there on time and whether my documents were in order. The wait had ended, and I was ready for my flight. Are you ready for your flight? Are you ready to “mount up with wings like eagles?” If not, maybe you need to wait some more, pray some more and trust God.
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