What to Do While You Are Waiting: Waiting Is Not Wasted Time

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill4 Minutes

Hello friend and welcome to Strengthen Your Walk! I’m Kim Crabill and I’m so delighted to be here with you. Today, let’s talk about something we all love: waiting. Not really, right? Who enjoys sitting in the waiting rooms of life? Not this girl.

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Quite honestly, I’ve always found waiting – whether it be waiting for an answer, God’s guidance, or my next assignment – to be frustrating, aggravating, and rather unnecessary. Sound familiar? I want to be busy. Give me a to-do list, God. I want my next assignment. Time’s a wasting! This is how I felt until I began to discover that God’s Word is filled with so much about waiting. And in His Word, I began to understand that waiting is very much a biblical principle and a pose that we as believers will be called upon to take at different times in our spiritual growth.

Though not easy, there are purposes in our pauses. But let me forewarn you: waiting will test you even in our faith. As we wait – because we are never sure how long the wait will last – our minds can become the enemy’s playground. You know what I’m talking about? And if we don’t know what to do while we wait, we can become a target for far more than emotions like frustration and confusion. We can begin to feel abandoned and even forgotten by God. So what are we waiting for? What are you waiting for today? Maybe that promotion? Healing… whether emotional or physical? For the loan to come through? For a specific word from God?

For whatever it is that you’re waiting for, let’s use God’s Word to stay encouraged as we wait. Waiting time is not wasted time! Waiting is far more than a passive activity in which we do nothing. If we practice strategic waiting, waiting with a plan, we learn to recognize that even if God seems to be taking His time working out things around us, He is doing a mighty work within us.

Isaiah 40:31 says this: “Those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength.” The frustration, confusion, and other emotions that trouble us… gosh, they can just be the very starting places for God to strengthen us with His patience, perseverance, and whatever else it is we feel that we need. Waiting rooms need not be a time of emotional unrest, but rather designated times for God to do what we truly long for Him to do: to make us more like Him.

So, let’s run to the Word and allow it to work within us, speaking strength into our struggles, and growing us for all the great opportunities ahead because I can assure you that your to-do lists are on the way. God has planned great things for you. But right now, He is simply preparing us to take His plans and soar on wings like eagles; to run and not grow weary and to walk and not faint.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope having a Godly mindset about waiting will strengthen your walk.

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