Hope in the Waiting

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photo by Vladimir Kramer

This month has been a month filled with waiting. Waiting for emails from our agency. Waiting to hear if the suspensions will be lifted and other families stuck in country will be able to take their children home. Waiting on this little one that’s growing inside of me. Waiting for my husband to come home. Waiting for friends to return from their cross-continent trips.

Some of the waiting has been very good and it’s exciting to wait (I’m looking forward to waiting on this little peanut in me to keep growing! He/She can stay in there as long as necessary!). Some of the waiting has turned into bouts of frustration because it seems as if there’s no end in sight.

What I’m realizing is how often I put my hope in what I’m waiting for. My natural tendency is to think that once a specific waiting is over, life will be better or I will feel better.  When I was waiting to become pregnant for almost two years, I kept thinking that once I get pregnant everything will be so much better. Little did I know that when the time did come that I held a positive pregnancy test in my hand, it was in a season where it made life a little (okay a LOT) more complicated…a good complicated, but still not what I thought the end result would be. My expectations did not match my reality and in many ways I was disappointed because my hope was misplaced.

Now that I am waiting once again on paperwork to be completed for our adoption, I continue to gravitate towards putting my hope in the process rather than entrusting my hope in God. It’s a hard struggle for me as my natural sin disposition is to worry and control and hope in the end result rather than trusting and waiting on God.

Today, as we wait for who knows how much longer to hear that we can move forward (to another season of waiting, mind you :)) I want to focus my heart on waiting in the hope of God. He does not disappoint and His end result is always for my best and His glory.

Are you frustratingly waiting on something today? Can you take a minute to hand that to God and trust that His timing is just right, even if we don’t understand it?

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Here are some verses from the Psalms that I have found comfort in during my seasons of waiting:

Psalm 130:5-6: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

Psalm 37:7: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Psalm 27:13-14: I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.

Exodus 14:14: The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

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Today I linked up with Blair @ Wild & Precious for her Life Lately linkup!

This post is also part of a 31 day series of Living Unplugged with The Nester. You can find the list of my other posts here.

Comments

  1. This post is perfect for my situation right now, too! I am trying to wait patiently to become a licensed foster parent and it’s taken longer than usual for the staff to get the paperwork processed. God’s timing is always best, though! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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