"Wait" is a Four-Letter Word

Patience has never been one of my strong suits.

If “four-letter words” are usually indicative of curse words, “wait” is like one of those, to me!  I’m in a hurry to get nearly everywhere. There’s almost always something to do or somewhere to be and I want it to be done like, five minutes ago. And lest you think badly of me, it’s not that I’m only impatient with others—I am very hard on myself as well. I detest when it takes me a long time to acquire a new skill or cultivate a new habit. I realize that this is more than just a personality trait and that it’s harmful so I pray very often for God to help me wait more patiently!


Recently, the thought of having another child has started circulating through my head pretty regularly. My husband is ambivalent, just content in leaving it up to God’s will. I would love to say that I feel the same and I really do try to just chill and let it be, but...Oh. My. Word.

The what-ifs and the hows, the whens, the whys keep piling up.

I tell God that I’m content with our life the way that it is, so if He doesn’t have plans for us to add to our family, it’s cool, but if He could just fill me in on what He does have planned, then I could relax. Then we could sell or keep our house in peace. Then we could decide whether or not to get rid of all our baby stuff. Then we could plan our next big vacation. So, God, if You could just tell me what You’re up to, that would be great.

Do you ever feel like that? You tell yourself that you trust God and His plans for you, but then you feel the need to “steer” His thinking to match up with yours? Maybe you tell Him that you want what He wants, but if it could just happen NOW, it would work out so much better? I’ve tried that, too. I try to explain the time constraints we’re under and the circumstances we’re in, but here I sit, still waiting.

Relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs

When I was praying about this whole baby thing recently, I decided to try to quiet my thoughts and listen to what God may try to tell me and the very first thing that popped into my head was the word “Rest.” One dictionary definition of the word rest is “relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.” Doesn’t that gel so well with what Jesus offers?  He tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Fretting, worrying, obsessing—these are all energy-sucking behaviors. Jesus invites us to just stop and rest.

If we are to “rest,” can we do that and hurry at the same time?

Nope. In my heart I know that trusting God means trusting His timing also. I know that I can depend on Him to have good plans for me. So, if “wait” is a four-letter word to some of us, what are some other four-letter words we know that can describe who God is and encourage us? Some that come to mind are: Good, Kind, Love, True, Able, Hope, Hero, and Papa. But one of the most comforting of these is the word "here."

God is here in our struggle and uncertainty.

He is here when we don’t know where to go or what to do. Even though our future is already in His memory, he is in the here and the now too. Sometimes, our most important life lessons are learned in the waiting periods of our lives, so rest in the knowledge that no matter what you are waiting for, it’s not for naught—God is moving, listening, and using this time to complete the good work He has begun in you!

Some encouraging verses on waiting:

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! ~Psalm 27:14 ESV

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ~Isaiah 40:31 ESV 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. ~Ephesians 3:20 ESV 


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