This has been a process and there has been much work to get to this place. But I can honestly say without any question that there really is joy in the waiting. The journey has been the best part during the waiting. I also want to say that waiting doesn’t mean sitting in a corner or doing nothing because that would certainly be the furthest from the truth. We all have a choice every day to get up and grumble or embrace the day.
God always has a way of showing up but He will wait to be invited, even though He is always right there in the midst of your circumstances. He is in the quietness and in every moment in between. How we see everything will determine how we choose to deal or not deal with it all. The simplest and not so simple things can be a joy or a chore; we really get to decide this outcome. We don’t have to fear the unknown; we need only ask the One who has no beginning, where to start.
“How great is God — beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.” Job 36:26
He holds everything in His hands. God has a way of speaking to each of us in a very personal way. I think about how the Spirit speaks to the Spirit. Such as when Mary went to see Elizabeth and the baby in her womb (John the Baptist) leapt in her womb because the Spirit knew that Mary’s baby was Jesus (the Son of Man). I don’t think there is one person in the entire universe who isn’t waiting for something. Whether it is a new job, a baby or a marriage to be restored, if we allow God into the equation, He is faithful and we can have joy in the waiting. I am not saying it is a walk in the park but if you give your waiting to Jesus, He will give you joy even in the moments of deep sorrow. He will be by your side and carry you when you no longer feel that you can stand or wait.
He weeps with us, (Jesus wept. John 11:35), with Mary and Martha over Lazarus’ death which He allowed for God’s glory. I don’t know if this brings anybody else comfort to know that Jesus wept and He weeps for us in our circumstances, even though He already knows the outcome. His ways aren’t our ways; our thoughts aren’t His. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8 Sometimes we get in the way of the waiting, get sidetracked or decide we know better. I have learned firsthand that this only causes the waiting to take longer, which is the exact opposite of what we are wanting.
When you get to the end of what you think you are controlling, that’s when God can help. Relinquishing it all to the Lord, is when it starts to move forward in an accelerated manner. Getting out of the way and relinquishing the control to God is the only way to do this journey of waiting. The peace, joy and contentment cannot be bought or purchased at the five & dime thrift store because it is priceless. The biggest and most important thing to remember is to not pick it back up after relinquishing it. If you do, you will bring all sorts of anguish back into your life. Letting go is really when you start to receive. If you think too long about that it won’t make sense, because giving something up means that we lose the very thing we want. Didn’t Jesus ask His followers to leave it all behind, to give up their plans and lose their life and only then would they gain it?
Jesus had his disciples and the crowd gather around him. And he said to them: “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. For if you let your life go for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, you will continually experience true life. But if you choose to keep your life for yourself, you will forfeit what you try to keep. For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life?” Mark 8:34
What does it look like to have joy in the waiting? It looks like childlike faith. What made you smile, laugh, and have joy that cannot be bought at any price? Was it when you learned how to ride your bike without training wheels, or maybe when you found a best friend? Open up your mind to those memories when life was simple. When you learned how to swim or when you helped make cupcakes for the first time. For each one it will be unique and personal, but you have to participate. You will have to do the work and there will be some really hard things to go through to get to the joy. But it’s so worth it. You will have to go deep into your memories and go back to the beginning to get to the start of your joy.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The joy will seem hidden and then it will burst through like a morning sunrise.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Standing on God’s promise!
Teresa in Alaska