Just wait… By Ashley Camblin, M.S.
Just wait. Two words. 8 letters. Small in nature, however incredibly powerful! These two words God has been consistently speaking in my heart and in my life recently. Two words that are easier said than done. I believe God is speaking these two small and seemingly insignificant words because He has something for me in this season of my life. Something so big that when it happens, it will only be explained as God! Something that happens because of my obedience in just waiting!
Being the naturally curious person I am, I began to think about this word “wait”. I wanted to look at it, examine and analyze it (pretty sure that’s the counselor in me..ha!). The dictionary definition of wait is to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens; to be available or in readiness; to look forward to eagerly; continue as one is in expectation of. I loved these definitions of wait. So often, I have thought of waiting as a bad thing. It’s been an annoyance or even at times an inconvenience.
While this has helped changed my perspective on waiting. I still wonder what is it about waiting that is so difficult. Why do we struggle with this concept of waiting? It seems to me waiting is difficult because we want instant gratification. We live in a culture that is consumed with having things happen instantaneously. Everything is at our fingertips. We can take a picture and immediately see what it looks like. Even at Disney World, you can get a fast pass for any ride so you don’t have to wait in the crazy, long lines. We rarely have to wait for much of anything anymore. It seems in life now there has to be a faster way to do something, anything so we do not have to wait.
This concept of waiting truly cannot be all that bad. I think about going to grad. school. I had to wait 2 1/2 years to get my Master’s degree. I think if there had been a “fast pass” through that, I would have missed something along the way. Even after graduating with my Master’s in Counseling Psychology, I still have to wait another 2 years before I can be licensed. Do I like waiting 2 more years to become a licensed counselor, definitely not. However, it’s through this time I have opportunities to learn things I might miss otherwise.
At Passion this year, Christine Caine spoke about our calling and destiny in life. She used the example of when back in the day, we had to wait for our pictures to be developed. The film had to go through a process in the darkroom. It was a process that could not be rushed or the film would be ruined. There was one thing she said in that session that caught my attention and I believe is so in sync with this concept of waiting. She said, “God develops our destiny in the darkroom and to the degree at which you’re willing to go into the darkroom is to the degree to which you will fulfill the calling and purpose in your life.” Such an incredibly powerful statement. I believe it is so true.
God calls each of us into seasons of waiting or the darkroom if you will. Waiting can be frustrating, scary, annoying and inconvenient. So why does God allow us to experience seasons like this? I believe He allows this because it is through those seasons, we realize our deep need for Him. If we did not ever have to go through a time of waiting or being in the darkroom, we would not fully appreciate what it is He wants to bless us with. We may never realize our calling and purpose without seasons of waiting. There is something to be said for delayed gratification. I know in my own life, when I have to wait for something the reward is so much sweeter.
It always seems that in my seasons of waiting, God lovingly reminds me waiting is so worth it. Throughout the Bible, there is verse after verse that speaks to waiting on God. I think God knew we would need reminders about waiting on Him because He knew we would have difficulty at times waiting.
Here are some of my favorite verses about waiting:
Psalm 130:5-6 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”
Psalm 33:20-22, “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Psalm 40:1-3, I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. he drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry blog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”
Psalm 31:24, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:25-26, “The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Isaiah 40:31, “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.”
Waiting produces character in us. God allows us to experience seasons of waiting because He is either preparing us for something or wanting to produce something in us. We may not know what it is we are waiting for, but we can rest in knowing that God’s plan and timing are perfect. He longs to redeem our story. We just have to be willing to go into the darkroom and allow God to complete His process in us. There is always a purpose behind the waiting. We are called to be obedient and just wait on God’s timing! I have no idea why God is telling me to just wait, but I am hope-filled and expectant for what He is going to do in me and for me!