August 1, 2014
Arguably one of the most difficult concepts in life for us to grasp is the art of waiting patiently. . . . But sometimes what we learn and who we become in the process of waiting is even more important than what we’re waiting on. . . . We’re all waiting for something. An answer. A response. A reaction. A second chance. An e-mail. . . . If you’re still waiting for it, it means you’re not yet ready for it . . . whatever “it” is, so stop looking at waiting as a punishment and start looking at it as preparation! . . . Sometimes the moments spent waiting for something are even more important than the moment the something actually happens. And not all wishes are meant to come true. Some wishes are only there to teach us how to wait. These wishes . . . bring us not an instant blessing but a lifelong lesson. During those seasons of waiting, remember this: The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. —Psalm 130:5–6 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. —Psalm 62:5–6 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! —Psalm 27:14 # # # Mandy Hale (known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single WomanTM) shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it. From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening© 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this 365-day Women of Faith devotional now.