Thankful for Waiting
By, Susan Sage
I pulled things out of cupboards, sorted, threw away, and packed boxes. Opening drawers, items turned up I’d thought long lost. I sorted what needed to be packed for our new place and what would stay packed for a while since hopefully we’d only be in this first house for a short time. Difficult but necessary to move forward.
As we’ve now been in this new temporary home for several months, God confirmed what He told me the day we walked in seeing walls of multiple colors. We’re going to be here longer than we anticipated. Why? I don’t know. But this is where God has us for this time, so we wait.
I know another move is coming. I know this is not the final destination.
The first weeks filled with roller coaster emotions, a sense of loss of face-to-face friendships, missing young women I mentored and their little ones I played with, and separated connections. Still, deep inside, I held on to the truth of God bringing us here.
I prayed for wisdom. I cried for peace. However my insides continued to feel like a bowl of shaken jello at times.
One morning in prayer, God whispered into my heart, “I’ll meet you here.”
“Where? Here in this new town?”
“Here. In this place.”
“In this house of many colors? Here?”
I drew in a deep cleansing breath fully assured that as I waited for His perfect timing, God would do as He said. More than I could imagine.
Let’s face it. Waiting on God is not easy.
But, waiting brought the right man for me into my life.
Waiting brought a baby boy placed in my hands to hold until releasing him to move to his own new life.
Waiting as friendships grew brought more beauty than I can describe.
This same difficult waiting allowed me to draw closer to God during times of difficult health issues.
Maybe it’s time to look at waiting as simply a pause in the crazy, busy schedule of life. A time to breathe. A time to slow down and remember that all the challenges I’m trying to answer, are under God’s control even while I wait.
I wonder how many times God waits for me to quiet my mind enough to hear Him. To get my focus re-centered on Him. To be still long enough to hear His still small voice. (I Kings 19:11-12)
When I finally quit asking God why He brought us to this place … all alone … little to occupy time … family and friends far away … He gave me more than what I thought I wanted.
He met me here. Close. Deep. Connected. A deeper sense of walking with Him through life than I’ve experienced ever.
We all wait for something. At times that’s very difficult. As we wait, let’s keep present in the moment but keep our eyes focused on trusting God’s promises.
Today, I’m thankful for waiting. For what I have learned and what I will learn during the process of being thankful for waiting. I hope today you can look at your pauses in a different way. Linger. Breathe. Ask God to meet you deeply wherever you are.
Meet the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.
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You can read Susan's "Sunday Inspiration" column the 4th Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette. Are you thankful for the waiting times in your life? We'd love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below to chat with Susan.