WAIT, the four…. Letter…. Word. Can I keep it 100 with you? I’ve never been very fond of the word, WAIT! So much so that even as a child, patience was not one of my virtues. I basically willed my younger brother to walk well under 9 months because of my impatience! I mean he was brought into the world to run and play with me, right?
As I grew older, one would think I would understand the benefits of waiting, but instead I enjoyed mapping out my plans for my life and pursuing them. I loved verses like “where there is no vision the people perish.” It empowered me, I felt like the captain of my ship, the master of my destiny! This perspective actually worked very well for my academic life, but for my social life not so much.
For a long time, my least favorite verses were 1 Corinthians 13: 1-4. I would always pause where it says “love is patient.” Though it’s a very simple phrase, when I replaced “love is patient” with “Crystal is patient”, I would instantly become frustrated because I knew patience and Crystal seemed like oil and water. God knowing how impatient I am, would always create situations where I had no other option but to wait.
Most of my worst mistakes were rooted in my inability to be patient and wait on God. It was this root issue that caused me to have many failed relationships and “situationships”. I knew I was never meant to be in any of them, but in my impatience, I wanted the shortest road to marriage (or so I thought). Little did I know that I was only getting out of one lane (God’s way) only to find out that the lane I left was actually moving faster.
The book of Romans, paints a different picture of the waiting process. The Message bible says, “Waiting does not diminish us, anymore than it diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We of course cannot see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful the expectancy.”
Specifically, I’ve learned while waiting for my spouse, that God’s promise is not for who I am now but who the “Enlarged, 9-month pregnant woman” will be. Ready and whole to give birth and receive the promise of the Husband, He has tailor made to walk with me in purpose. He’s enlarging me to become more interested in pursuing His destiny for my life rather than yearning for a spouse. So if you are currently waiting for God’s promises of a spouse, a dream job, healthy relationships, or any other circumstance, take a minute and give God and yourself a standing ovation! The longer you’ve waited, the larger the promise has become. I’ll say it again, the longer the waiting process, the larger the promise!!! As the promise increases, so does God’s glory!
So let God stretch & enlarge you to be ready and prepared for that which you are waiting for! Your waiting will ultimately be the vehicle through which you give Him glory!
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