“O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed” (Ps. 25:2–3 nkjv).
Waiting. How much that action bothers us. Things that require waiting such as exams result, medical diagnosis, job application and election result (Yes, just like yesterday’s US election) makes us restless and worry.
“What if I’m diagnosed with this?” “What if I got rejected?” “What if he/she is elected as a president?” (Yes, I’m pretty sure this is pretty relatable)
We may be standing still, but our mind wanders with questions and make-belief scenario. Waiting basically tortures us mentally.
But here’s the good news: We can decide on how to wait.
We can be idle even while our mind runs its own imagination. We can seek God in times of waiting.
The Bible did say something about waiting:
“Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
– Psalm 37:7
It clearly says wait patiently and be still. In times of waiting, be firm and keep our hearts calm.
In Psalm 106:13 it says about what to do first when he have to wait; “They soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.”
The first action to take when waiting is bound to happen:
To seek God’s counsel in prayer before any attempt is made to solve the problem ourselves.
It is so that we won’t forget about Him.
Second, we seek Him.
“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” – Lamentations 3:25
When we wait for Him, He’ll be good to us. He wants us to look for Him. It’s slightly different than seeking God’s counsel in prayer.
We look to discover more of Him. This means we don’t just look for counsel, but we learn more of His words.
In times of waiting, we can choose to learn more instead of worrying. We can learn by joining Bible Study, digging more of the meaning of the Bible (finding different translations), and many more.
Rather than being idle, we can choose to learn instead.
Lastly, trust Him that our waiting won’t go into waste:
“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
We will be renewed.
We will not be another restless and mentally exhausted person, because we will walk firmly after all the waiting.
We shall trust Him, because He will renew our strength.
Let us all remind ourselves these things when we are stuck in the waiting zone. Let us all wait actively in Him.
The waiting did not go unto waste, but it will also be an opportunity for us to learn.