Waiting in Hope
To be honest, I am not a very patient person.
Waiting for my coffee in the morning drive-through line can be near torturous. I have come to realize that patience is a trait that needs constant practice. Through this practice I’ve discovered how hope can support patience, especially when when it comes to having a relationship with Christ.
I have found that having hope and being patient are interwoven threads in waiting for God to respond.
In Sunday school I was taught that God has three answers: yes, no, or wait. Yes and no were no brainers, but waiting was a struggle. Having patience while waiting on the Lord proved to be a challenge within itself. And then doubt crept in and I questioned the love of my heavenly Father. I found that as I tried to wait on the Lord’s response, I started drowning in the lies that the enemy was whispering.
I became too consumed with the problem at hand and quickly became impatient, losing hope for what God had in store.
Psalm 27:7-8 reveals how God is our stronghold.
“Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Asking for a response was never my issue. I gladly wanted help from my Father, knowing of his love and wisdom. However, too often I become consumed with what I lack, instead of focusing on what I have already received. I put seeking Christ on the back burner as I struggled to wait for an answer.
It is easy to only focus on what we lack as we wait for His response, not recognizing that this takes away from allowing God to be fully in control. When we impatiently wait on the Lord, we can miss what He wants to teach us when we narrow our focus on a specific response.
Having patience and trusting God’s timing allows us to remain hopeful; to recognize His will and ability above our own. I struggled to understand that my impatience was rooted in my expectations. I wanted things to happen in my timing, rather than God’s timing.
I never thought that a prayer, which appeared to have a simple answer, would be one I prayed for years to come.
I thought I would get the response I desired within the four years span of high school. That was when I needed the answer…or so I thought. Turns out I wouldn’t receive my answer or understand it, until I graduated. I wrestled with feeling like I was being put on hold; my patience in the waiting was worn thin.
Why had God had called me to this place? Why was I in limbo?
Through those times, I learned more about God as my Father.
Looking back, I see now how His timing is better than my own. Even when it seemed that time had run out. God’s word reassures us of His heart towards us. Psalm 102:17 declares,
“He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.”
What an incredible realization!
This response from God, my Father, has no expiration date. God responds to us in HIS timing (Praise Jesus). No response is late. His timing is perfect. As followers of Jesus we get to fully let go of our idea of what life is going to look like and allow God to take over.
As we wait on His response, let’s practice patiently waiting in hope, knowing our Father has our best in store.
Lindsey is Joy of It’s Marketing Coordinator and in her sophomore year at Oregon State University. This spunky, hardworking college student has contributed to our team in a plethora of ways for the past two years. Here at Joy of It, we believe in sharing voices across generations. Lindsey plays a significant role on our team and we’re excited for you to hear her wisdom and insight representing the younger generation.