Learning How to Wait

Learning How to Wait

Wait is a 4 letter word, most of us do not like to hear or do. Yet we expect our children to do the very thing we don’t want to do.


In scripture we are encouraged to “wait” on the LORD. But this wait, unlike our common use of the word is translated: longing, hope for, tarry, or eager anticipation.


Wow! What if we thought of our life in these terms of “waiting”?


Thinking of our life as a time of waiting on God should change how we “do life”. Our thoughts, and words even in the small things should reflect an anticipation of His return.


Here are a few thoughts on how to live in the waiting period.


How do I Wait?

  • Recognize the obvious. Life is full of waiting periods, do not be shocked when you have to wait. In the wait begin to process:
    • why am I waiting? what is my attitude about the wait?
    • who is waiting with me?
    • do I need to talk to someone about my wait?


  • Focus on the positive. Prepare your mind, your mouth and your heart by praying and praising. Learn to enjoy waiting periods.
    • what is good about the wait?
    • what do I learn about me in the wait?
    • how can I help someone else in the wait?


  • Trust in God’s timing. Don’t be in such a rush. Do not be anxious, there may be a lesson to learn in the wait. This may mean letting some things and some people go who may be rushing you. Spending time in the Word helps you make wise decisions.


Psalm 1:1-3 is a beautiful depiction of how we wait:


Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit  in season and whose leaf does not whither. Whatever he does prospers.


Keep Living Out Loud

in HIM, terry

Psalm 5:3