Trusting God in the Waiting Season

Do you ever have moments where just a twinge of doubt creeps into your heart when you recall verses like Romans 8:28 and think, but how in the world is God using this for good?

That usually happens to me in situations of tragedy, depression, and seasons of waiting.

You know what I mean? Those times when you’re waiting to graduate high school, to finish those pesky generals in college, to marry your boyfriend . . . to land your dream job, to get to the top of your career . . . to retire . . .

The truth is, we’re always waiting for something in life. I hate to be a downer but, the waiting never ends.

I’m most susceptible to anxiety when I’m unable to plan out the next few months ahead.

My brain goes into complete overdrive and I psych myself out with tasks that would be far better off to be left to the Lord in prayer.

Am I the only one who sometimes prays about a situation and then immediately assume I have all the power to figure out how to plan the next 11 years of my life? 

But, when I’m feeling defeated and hopelessly lost, the Lord shows up and gives me a glimpse of what the good he’s promised is in my situation.

The Lord is Unchanging

I’ve come to realize sometimes my biggest challenge to overcome my distrust in God is a false understanding of who he is.

Sometimes I need a reminder that no earthly dwelling has the ability to provide me comfort, only the Lord and eternity with him can satisfy my soul and give me peace.

If I’m worried about the future and what God will ask me to do, usually it’s because he seems unpredictable and the unpredictable frightens me.

But I must not confuse my understanding of God’s character with my flawed, limited perception of his plans.

God’s plans seem unpredictable to me because, well, he’s God and knows things my small mind can never comprehend this side of heaven (just read the last few chapters of Job!).

While God’s plans can sometimes make me feel like I’m on a wild goose chase, God himself is unchanging, and because of that, I can trust him.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)

God Isn’t Wasting Our Waiting

Sometimes leaving plans unrevealed, confidential, and hidden from our knowledge is the very thing we need in order to grow in Christlikeness.

It stretches our faith, produces endurance, encourages us to submit our weaknesses to the Lord and rely on his strength.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18, ESV)

As we wait, let us pray and praise God, asking him for what we need and thanking him for who he is.

As we continue to wait, let’s not lose hope while we’re growing. Sometimes you can’t tell you’ve matured until you look back weeks later.

As receive what we’ve waited for, let’s not put our hope in what’s being given, but in the Giver himself. Our plans can change course, but our God is unchanging.

Let’s remember Christ’s biggest goal is always making us more like himself, so that we may be a light to others and enjoy him more.

4 thoughts on “Trusting God in the Waiting Season

  1. “But I must not confuse my understanding of God’s character with my flawed, limited perception of his plans.” YES! This, and the point about loving the Giver more than what’s given, are such powerful truths to hold onto. We are ultimately waiting for heaven, but knowing the Lord as our unchanging Rock and Redeemer can give us patience, perseverance, and perspective. 🙂

    1. Amen, Dani!! Thank you for your encouragement! And absolutely… your comment makes me think of the hymn, “when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus we’ll sing and shout the victory!” (I hope I got the lyrics right… I love hymns but I’m not the best at memorizing the words LOL!)

  2. This is really beautiful. Your sentence : “Sometimes leaving plans unrevealed, confidential, and hidden from our knowledge is the very thing we need in order to grow in Christlikeness.” really hit my heart. Ive been in a ‘lost’ season for awhile after a current break up. Not sure where to go from here and whenever I pray and ask I hear “wait” or “be still.” Which is also pretty tough too! Feeling like you’re stuck is so very hard during a waiting season! Your post reminds me to keep my eyes on God and walk in His faith even if I can’t comprehend the plan or see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your post!

    1. Christina, thank you so much for sharing what you’re going through! I am so sorry for the pain you’re going through in this season, break-ups are very tough. I am so glad to hear that you’re deciding to seek God more as a result, though, and I’m honored to have you read my post! I will be praying for your faith and trust in God to flourish through the pain and uncertainty! You will grow so much, and I am learning that learning how to trust God in the waiting is an important life skill that I’ll probably always be improving on. 🙂 But thankfully his grace makes the waiting sweet, as we learn only HE is sufficient – HE is the treasure even when we receive answered prayers and good gifts he provides. Thanks for stopping by, sweet friend!

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