A Year of Waiting

One of the hardest things to do in the spiritual life is wait.

Waiting for answered prayer, waiting for God’s will, waiting for direction, waiting for inspiration.

The last year has been a year of waiting for me. I am only good at waiting when I know God is involved. Of course, God is involved in everything but, in my life, there always seems to be certain areas that are so far beyond my abilities and expertise that I just resign myself to let God take care of it.

One area I have learned to let God handle is my career. At 22, and with a 22 year old mindset, I had my dream job. It fell out of the sky for me. That job led to another job which led to my first library job, which I received without having finished my library degree.

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A few years later, and thinking my days as a librarian were over and I was about to move into ministry, I secured another library job that paid all the bills that ministry couldn’t. Still, I waited for God to move me away from libraries and into ministry. Instead, I got another library job that better suited my ministry heart and landed me where I am now and have been for more than 10 years.

Still, I waited, for clearer direction and purpose, for something new perhaps, for another path all together.

That season may be over. I can’t go into details because I don’t know much at this point and there are many questions and doubts I have for God. But, when my wait is over, I always know because God has pulled all of the strings and opened all of the doors and all I have done is prayed and waited. God has been moving. Now, I must catch up to all of his activity.

Are you in a waiting season? Be encouraged. It is actually a pretty comforting place to be because everything is in God’s hands and you have no choice but to trust him. And when he moves, it will be a miraculous thing not a human thing.

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