How to walk in grace while you wait

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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!

31 Comments

  1. Oh my! Every where I turn, God is challenging me to be joyful and full of grace. It is not easy, with a beautiful, but colicky baby, but so incredibly worth it! Thank you! ?

  2. I am currently living this. I am a Christian and I believe that Christ will provide all that I need. But right now, I need to be still and allow Christ to work something out for me in His time, yet I am anxious about it and I know I shouldn’t be. Very timely post. Thank you.

  3. Oh my heavens, thank you Holy Spirit. I am so thankful to have come across this post. Waiting for going on 4 years intentionally for my God-designed future husband becomes a battle and one I feel like I’m losing so often. I am trying my best to walk in grace with a hope-filled, faith-filled heart that does not waver but girl, sometimes it is difficult 😉 Your words were refreshing in such a timely manner. Thank you so so so much.

    1. Cacy, I am so glad to hear that this blessed your heart! Praise Jesus!! I know the waiting is exhausting and excruciating some days. But by God’s grace, it can also be- dare I say- enjoyable as you see His faithfulness. I will pray for you today (like, immediately after I finish this reply)- that God will hear the prayers of your heart & bring the man He has been preparing for you. No matter how God chooses to answer you, please remember that He is SO good & He loves you to the max!

  4. Thank you, Amanda. I needed to read this today. I’m waiting to sell a home. Maybe we should get together!! 🙂

    1. Shelley, I’m so glad this blessed you today. I think it’s rather humorous that we’re waiting at opposite ends of that equation!

  5. Oh how i needed to read this , been waiting now 43 years [yes years] for my future husband its hard to wait ……one day is a thousand to the Lord but to us its so painful having to wait and wait and wait I said to Jesus when i was 15 and commit my life to him you choose my mate but at 57 I am still waiting and its so hard thankyou so much for the post

    1. Thank you for sharing your struggle. I am 47 and still waiting for my future wife so I can relate to what you must be going through from a male perspective. I was really feeling alone in this struggle until I read your post and one other that was similar. We should all pray for one another. Again, thank you for sharing.

  6. This is exactly what I needed to be reminded of today. Ever since giving birth to a stillborn baby, Everest, I have been waiting for that place in my heart to heal and for God to restore what was lost. I don’t know how long that will take, but I know He can and He will.

    1. Oh Jessica, I am so sorry for your loss. Yes, God will heal. He will restore. He will refresh you. I cannot imagine the pain in the waiting, but He will meet you there and His grace IS sufficient for this!!

  7. Hi Amanda!
    I just came across your blog page. This really resonated with me, as I am in the middle of a waiting period myself. I am also in the process of writing a book, with the whole waiting process in mind, finding purpose while waiting for God’s plan. I was wondering, if I could use your idea behind walking in grace as you wait, in my book or we could partner together and have a chapter devoted to just what you said, and promote your blog?
    This is my first writing experience, but I think it was fascinating and a God thing that I even stumbled upon that particular blog post. You’re definitely not alone in the waiting!(:

  8. Thank you for posting this! This is exactly what I needed today. Funny enough, we are in the exact same situation.

  9. So I’ve been living with inlaw’s for a year now and we recently started the process of finding a home to buy but it’s just been one thing after another and it’s getting to the point where the situation looks so bleak and at times I want to think that it’s never happening. I’m going to live with my inlaws for the rest of my life. But then God tugs at my heart and I say no. I believe that God is going to give us a house and when I found your blog on Pinterest it just completely blew me away and solidified my think that Gods in control and He knows what He’s doing. Thank you so much for this blog! It has greatly impacted me and I thank God for His wonderful timing!

  10. While reading one of many devotionals messages today…which read: Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors, and fight battles that nobody know about. You can’s be strong all the time. Sometimes you just need to be alone and let your tears out. ..then get up and move on!
    My instructions were to look up the meaning of GRACE…
    After clicking onto Pinterest I found your blog.
    What a wonderful blessing and confirmation!!!
    I too, am standing and waiting on the home and husband of His choosing. Not my will be His Will be done.
    Thank you, Minister Spencer for your obedience…(Yes, Minister)
    What I know for sure and reminded of by you post is….Before, During and After the wait, God Provides!!

    1. Oh Jan, I am humbled by your comment. I am always humbled that He works through each of us! I’m so glad you were encouraged today!

  11. I needed this . I was going through Inspirational Quotes this morning and came across your post . I normally don’t click on or read articles such as this , but felt led to as I laid here in bed looking for encouraging words to help me start my day.

    My husband was laid off about two years ago and didn’t work for almost a year. During that time I sold Real Estate , more or less as a part time agent just as extra income for us and it worked with the schedule I needed having three children.
    Suddenly I found myself no longer a part time employee but the Bread Winner which I had never been before. . I thought we were going to lose everything but God opened a door for me and I started selling alot of real estate and making great money that kept us afloat . Just as I thought things were looking up my husband tells me he landed a good job in a nice but expensive College Town and we had to move . This meant another obstacle in the road and mountain to move. I just started seeing God working in my life and this was coming to an end I felt. He (God ) was allowing me to be moved away from my parents , friends , job…..basically my comfort zone and support system to only have to start over again.

    Well we have been here a year . My kids have adjusted some but have had our trying moments for sure. We have a 15 , 13, and a 4 year old. So High School, Middle School, and Preschool . For my youngest it’s more of a therapy day for some delays he has , so he only attends 2 and half hours a day . Since we no longer have a support network to help me with shuffling the kids when needed , this has put me as a full time mom . I have not had the help or flexibility to go back to work … even part time due to school schedules . My husband works various hours and sometimes travel so he can’t help much but we are really feeling the loss of my financial help.
    You might think that I should just put my child in a daycare all day and that would be fine if I could find a job to pay for that expense and still have money left after taxes and working part time . I have to be available for car line – dropping off and picking up all three kids at different times and different schools.. I have applied at several places and just as I think God Is Opening A Door- something Happens And I realize that it’s not the right door after all , or I find a job I believe would be perfect for me but they don’t feel I’m perfect for them. My patience, my hope my faith seems to be disappearing . I’m withdrawing myself from wanting to even talk to my friends and family back home. I don’t want a sympathy party or to put my problems on them. I just simply want God to be here for me , to know my needs and to place me where he wants me but a little quicker without soo much discouragement a long the way.
    The hardest part for me is not that I doubt what God can do for me but knowing what he can do and not understanding why he isn’t . Yes we live better than a lot and yes I’m very thankful for my blessings that I do have and every month get by but not without some stress and burdens.
    I’m not praying selfishly, I’m not looking for a hand out . I simply need to work to help my husband and get us back on track after two crazy years .
    The struggle is real . I see others receive blessings and I find myself being jealous and very un – Christian like as I judge them and question why and how do they receive such blessings when they already seem to be living the perfect life .
    I hate feeling this way . I don’t like what my heart feels . I just want to know that God still thinks I’m worthy of being here for and hears my cry and is going to open the door for me .
    Sorry for this lengthy post . I just need a place to get my thoughts out.
    Thank you.

    1. Oh Stacey, wow. Thank you for your honesty! Thank you for being real. We could all use a whole lot more of that kind of talk. And I have to say that as I read your comment, I found myself saying again and again, “Yes! I hear you!” And I really do. I can honestly say that I know exactly what you mean when you say that you know what God can do, but don’t understand why He isn’t doing it! Girl, I literally just prayed for you – and I’m going to keep doing so. I KNOW that our God is good, and He DOES desire to give you the absolute best – and that is the hope that we need to hold to. We have to keep believing that His way of doing things is better than ours. And He HAS given us the grace to endure this season. Keep your hands lifted high, your knees bowed, and your heart open to His leading! He loves you, girl!

  12. What a wonderful devotional! It was exactly what I needed! We have been waiting over 2 years for my husband to find a job. We have not missed one house payment or bill or needed to borrow money….God has met our every need, but I am so weary wondering WHEN LORD! I have been incredibly peaceful through most of the process, but the last 6 weeks or so have been terrible….I been plagued by doubt and fear….and just a desire to move forward and be settled. Thank you so much for your wonderful words….they were perfect! I took lots of notes so I am going to write them up on some pretty paper with some colored markers and post it on my fridge! Patty <3

    1. I love that you’re going to make yourself some reminders, Patty!! I have so many myself, and I love them. I’m so glad you were encouraged today!

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