I don’t know about you, but generally speaking, waiting is one of my least favorite activities. Why?
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Psalm 27:14
Perhaps it is due to being raised in a time-oriented culture of microwaves, fast food, fast cars, fast coffee, and lightning-fast internet. Maybe it is because it often “feels” like wasted time. Or, perhaps it is the feeling of helplessness… the realization that there really isn’t anything we can do about our current circumstance to make it go any faster.
I find myself currently in a season of waiting… this time for a daughter. As of August 2014, I’ve been approved to adopt a local orphan in Lesotho and I’m overjoyed! But since then, I’ve been waiting. It is worth mentioning that the conservative estimation of orphans in Lesotho is 350,000, according to USAID, and of those, 180,000 of them are orphaned due to HIV.
I find myself heartbroken and overwhelmed considering the sheer numbers of children that aren’t in families. God created families to give us a picture of our relationship with Him. Family was His idea. I plead with the Lord to send a little girl my way, to be able to have a family of my own, and thus far His answer has been, wait.
Wait, and search the scriptures for others who waited, so I did.
There are a myriad of examples of God asking His children to wait; in fact, waiting is mentioned in the Bible over 150 times. You know what I learned? Every covenant God made came at the end of a season of waiting. So why resist it?
Simply put, I’m stubborn. Would you pray with me during this current season of waiting? Pray that I’ll rest in His hands, sit at His feet, and trust in His goodness. I would be so grateful.
Has God asked you to wait? Can I pray for you?