I’m sure you can think of a time when you have had to wait for something, probably something very important. Maybe you’re in the middle of one of those times right now. If you’re at all like me, you find the waiting period to be incredibly difficult. And you typically don’t know what you should be doing during that time… other than waiting.
It is nearly impossible to sit still for too long, isn’t it? We get fidgety; we start to feel an itch we never knew we had before; we dream of doing something! Are we supposed to sit still and do nothing? Is idleness the same thing as stillness? Are we supposed to be constantly moving forward? What is waiting supposed to look like?
Can I propose to you that God wants you to walk in grace while you wait? He’s not asking for idleness, laziness, or busyness while He prepares for what comes next.
So, what does grace look like in your period of waiting? First, to walk in grace means to trust in God. Trust Him with where He is taking you. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart… and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
As you trust that God will lead you where He wants you, rest in who God is and in who He says you are. Rest in the facts of your glorious identity in Jesus Christ – He has given you all of the spiritual qualities you need to live this life well (Eph. 1:3)! Let that thought bring rest to your mind.
As you trust Him, and rest in who He is (and who you are), have faith that He has a beautiful plan that He is working out in your life (Phil. 1:6). He is doing something big today, and your faith in that process, your faith in Him, will allow you to see those plans come together… at just the right time.
Just like when you fold all 10 of your fingers together to form a tight bond, faith bonds tightly with joy. Allow Him to bring you joy [even in waiting] as a result of your faith in His plans. When you can walk in joy (no matter what), you will be living out some of the richest aspects of grace! And nothing will testify louder to your world around you than your unwavering joy.
How about confidence? While you are waiting, do you have confidence in God and in the outcome you anticipate? I think many Christians are afraid of the word “confidence” because it sounds too similar to pride or arrogance. But, we are told to be confident in God – that He wants to give us what is best, that which most boldly proclaims His love for us! Can you wait with confidence that He will answer you in love?
And lastly, wait with hope. This one closely ties with confidence, I believe. Having hope is more than just “it may happen”, leaving us with a great, big disclaimer in case the outcome looks differently than we anticipated. Having real, genuine hope is “it will happen”; again believing that God desires to display His love through our lives in a way that speaks loudly to the world.
To be fully honest with you, I am currently right in the middle of learning this lesson! (So, maybe I’ll have to add to this list later…) I am learning what it means to stay smack dab in the middle of grace (where I desperately want to be!) while I wait for God to bring answers and results.
Some days, I step right out of grace and experience doubt, uncertainty, joylessness, fear, and even a temptation to help God out. And then the Spirit gently reminds me of grace. And of love. And I remember that perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
What are you waiting for today? Maybe it’s something simple; maybe it’s something very complicated; maybe it’s something exciting; or maybe it’s something incredibly painful. For me, I’m waiting for a home. Waiting for a place to call “ours.” Some days, I find total rest and joy in the process. Other days, I am frustrated and anxious to be done living out of boxes. But, grace meets me here. Grace tells me that I am loved. Grace gives me trust, rest, faith, joy, confidence, and hope that God has a beautiful plan to show His love through me.
Will you walk in grace as you wait for whatever you are asking the Lord for? Will you accept that He has ALREADY given you all spiritual blessings for this moment? He has extended sufficient grace for you to have trust, rest, faith, joy, confidence, and hope in His plan for you. Be encouraged today – waiting is tough, but it can be the most blessed learning experience of your life!