Waiting Well

I don't know about you, but patience has never been my strongest area. You see, I tend to be a bit on the curious side and I have a very hard time when I don't know what's coming next in life. I like to have a plan and to know what to expect. God loves to stretch us though and this year He has been working overtime on this very weak area in my life.

We will often, if not always, find ourselves waiting for something. We try to convince ourselves that we are just in a waiting season but then, does that season ever end? It might start with waiting to graduate high school, then maybe college, a job, marriage, a baby, a house, a better job.....and the list goes on and on. There is always something to wait for. Waiting isn't really anyone's favorite thing but it is often in those waiting season's that God grows us the most. Don't we want to grow? Don't we want to know Christ more? Then why do we so often despise the waiting? How beautiful it would be if we could wait well. To trust that God is working for good in our lives even in the waiting and to choose to rest in Him, knowing that the process of waiting will be worth every minute.

I came across this poem a few weeks ago and it so clearly shows the reason we often find ourselves in a waiting season. It has been such an encouragement to me. May we learn to embrace the waiting, always keeping our eyes fixed on Him and what He is trying to reveal to us through it.

by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, "Wait."

"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.

"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

"The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.

"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,

My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait."


  1. Thank God I came across your blog through your article on desiringgod.com. Such beauty in every post. These are blessings to one little life!

    1. Praise Jesus! I'm so grateful that He was able to use me in some way! Isn't it amazing how He knows just exactly what we need and when we need it? What a faithful God we serve!