The man in the car beside me honked his horn and raised his hands in frustration. It was rush hour on a Tuesday afternoon. We were both in the middle of four lanes merging into two. He was clearly upset that traffic was not moving fast. There was not a thing he could do about it, but he continued to honk his horn and raise his arms in disgust.
I find myself in a position like this man. I have a dream. I have planned, set goals and created a map to reach my dream. I am ready to move forward, but God is asking me to wait.
Waiting is hard, especially when God asks us too. From standing in line at the grocery store to waiting for a future spouse, we participate in the not so pleasant game of waiting.
David knew what it was like to wait. He was in a holding pattern for many years after being anointed the future king of Israel. He had the good fortune to work in the king’s court as a musician that allowed him to observe and learn from the king. This ended when the king’s jealousy towards David grew causing him to flee for his life. The future he had been preparing for was now on hold.
God could give us anything we desire the minute we ask, and He wants to give them to us. But sometimes, he wants us to wait.
While we have our eyes focused on the destination, we forget the importance of the journey. This is where God wants to teach and mold us so that we are prepared when we reach our destination.
During David’s time in exile, he learned to depend on God. His relationship with God grew deeper.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
When we are in a holding pattern, God is asking us to give Him our heart’s desires. When we let go, we learn to rely totally on God.
After the death of King Saul, the people in southern Israel crowned David king. But his wait did not end there. It was several more years before he became king of the northern territory, making him king of all Israel.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
Waiting teaches us patience. God does not work in our timeframe. We work in his. When we learn to be patient in the short waiting times, God can then teach us to be patient during the longer waits.
God used David’s trials to refine his character. He put his wait to good use by leading the Israelites into battles which groomed him to become a great leader. God will also develop our character so that we will be fully prepared to receive the good things he wants to give us.
While we are waiting, He will be with us every step and will never leave us alone.
Jenny Shinsky is a writer and Bible study leader who is called to serve in women’s ministry through teaching and writing. She calls your attention to our awesome God while living with every day struggles.
This is the 45th post in Testimony Tuesday: Women who inspire. Click HERE to read all of the other posts in this series. Now it’s your turn to link up your story of how God is working in your life. ________________________________________________________________________________________
Join the Testimony Tuesday community! We are sharing our stories of how much God has done for us.
- Subscribe to the blog so that you won’t miss a single post!
- Like Holly Barrett on Facebook and click on Get Notifications.
- Follow Holly Barrett on Twitter and use the hashtag #TestimonyTuesday.
- Follow the Reclaiming a Redeemed Life board on Pinterest.