“You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for.”- Craig Bruce
I’ve had to wait for many things in my life- for instance, I’m waiting for school to get out for summer- like you! I’ve waited many times for late airplanes, dinner to be ready, meetings, online orders to arrive, …A HUSBAND!…(can I get an amen), and the list goes on and on. Really, we all have to wait. Life is about waiting and learning to wait is an inevitable part of living. We like to march to the beat of our own drum, but hate to wait when the beat stops. When things happen that are beyond our control, we tend to grow impatient and do what we can to hurry along the waiting….as if we have the power to speed up time (in which we don’t!). We’ve become a generation that hates to wait and therefore does a poor job with patience. Waiting is really important, but how we act while we wait is what shapes us. Our hearts are truly revealed by how we respond to seasons where we’re waiting. We are either someone who sees the beauty in the waiting or we grow tired and worn from working so hard to avoid it all together that we miss out on the blessing waiting can bring. I’ve been on both ends of that spectrum! Let me encourage you to be a girl who isn’t afraid to wait. God tends to give good things to those who wait patiently for him.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
One of the most heartbreaking things for someone like me who strives to lead a life that honors Christ is to see young girls give in and settle because they couldn’t wait. They couldn’t stand the thought of what waiting might mean. They’re so blinded by the immediate gratification that they’ll settle for the good when they could have had the great. Waiting is scary and lonely and hard, yes! Waiting is work. BUT- waiting brings the best outcome. Waiting teaches us to place our faith in the foundation that won’t be shaken- God. Waiting is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And I’m still deciding every day to wait. I’m waiting for the man God will bring one day. Waiting to build a family with not just anyone but the RIGHT one. Waiting to see what God will do next, what doors will open, what path will be made straight and clear. I’m waiting and I think its important that you wait too.
God made something very clear to me several years ago. At a time when I thought I had life all figured out, God knew I needed to know how to wait. He knew me best and even my most thoughtful and well-meaning plans were not the best plans. I had dreamed of getting married and starting a family. I just wanted to live life. Just live. I never wanted to be the girl that had a career and a house and a life well built without a husband to build it with. But I am. I am that girl. I’m the one that leads young women along the paths I’ve once walked (and I absolutely LOVE that role). God taught me what waiting looks like and feels like. I’ve been through the dark valley of loneliness and fear and then I’ve marched high on the mountain tops of hopes and dreams and vision. God reveals things to us in our seasons of waiting. We can rest. We can learn. We can dream. We can become girls who wait for the best. I can’t imagine how my life might be different had I not discovered the beauty in waiting. And I’ll add that I’ve truly, truly lived.
God wants us to patiently wait. Don’t settle! Don’t compromise the dreams and goals and promises that God has given you! Don’t try to avoid the process altogether. You have a future that is brilliantly bright and full of God’s goodness and grace. Trust that God has a plan just for you. He made you with Heaven and all of the blessings he can bestow upon you in mind. He made you completely worthy and deserving of the very best. You are worth waiting for! God’s best is worth waiting for!
So, my prayer for you is this: Know that your waiting isn’t in vain. There will be times when you feel like an eternity of waiting is knocking on your door, but God moves when we least expect it. He surprises me daily with things that I’ve been faithful enough to wait on. He renews my strength day after day and reminds me of the promises He’s made to me concerning my future. I pray often that girls would choose to wait and never settle. Choose to be different. Choose to live every moment with a sense of adventure, hope, and vision. I pray that you would understand the immeasurable love your heavenly Father has for you that He would allow you to patiently wait for the very best.