Whether you’re waiting by the bus stop to get a cab, or waiting for a friend at a designated place; Whether you are waiting to get an admission offer into college, or waiting for your PhD thesis to be approved, waiting always comes with mixed feelings.
And the morbid fear of worst case scenarios. What if I never get married? What if I never have a baby?
Waiting can be tough, and I would know because I’ve been out of a paid job for a while now (49 days to be exact!).
Like for most people, job hunting has its share of dread (what if I spend all my savings and go broke?) and anticipation (maybe there’s a job offer in my spam folder).
Since I was in a similar phase of life [i.e. Pre-Housejob placement], not too long ago, I now know that it is unnecessary, in fact a total waste of time to stress myself over my current lack of employment.
Because it’s only a phase and it will pass. Still this is easier said than done.
So what are the secrets to waiting well?
Numbers 23:19 GNB
God is not like men, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.
Hebrews 10:35-36 GNB
Do not lose your courage, then, because it brings with it a great reward. You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises.
Since you’re certain that your miracle is on the way, why not show your gratitude in advance?
Philippians 4:4, 6 GNB
3. REACH OUT
It’s funny how we can be so consumed about our own desires that we ignore the obvious needs around you.
You don’t have a job, yet? Pray for your friends who do and ask God to strengthen them physically and mentally, and give them the wisdom to do their work in such a way that will glorify him.
Still awaiting your college acceptance letter? Then tutor your neighbor’s son after school or make dinner for the family.
Now that you’re available, endeavor to make yourself available.
I tell myself, “You can’t be jobless and still be useless.”
Galatians 6:2 GNB Help to carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.
Philippians 2:4 GNB And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.
Hebrews 13:16 GNB Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.
You know how a PC gets stuck after it’s been in use for a few hours, and you have to refresh a particular application, or reboot the entire system?
So is your Waiting Season.
God doesn’t waste our waiting periods, he uses them to train us.
With God, Waiting time is Training time.
Revisit the things you’ve already learnt that will make you better equipped when your waiting is over.
Trusting God for a life partner?
Now is the time to develop yourself mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.
Trusting God for the fruit of the womb?
Now is the time to invest in godly parenting books, and even volunteer to babysit your friends’ kids.
No matter what you’re trusting God for this season, I bring you this word of encouragement, it will come to pass.
Ephesians 3:20-21 GNB
“To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Here’s my prayer for you this month, listen and be blessed!
Have a Testimony-Filled February!