MoS: Waiting

6:45 AM

Musings on Singleness: Waiting

If trust is the biggest issue for singles, waiting comes as a close second. I’ve been singing and humming and otherwise, listening to this song repeatedly (in my head, since I don’t have the album) in the last few weeks. You may recognize it from the montage during Fireproof the Movie. The lyrics speak to me deeply.

While I’m Waiting by John Waller
I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord…

I’m trying so hard to strike the right chord with this series. Because I feel like I’ve gone through every one of these struggles and temptations. I have assumed that I knew the will of God—and was wrong. I have cried myself to sleep at night. I have bowed my knees in prayer, struggling with consecration, giving my dreams up to the Lord and then fighting the same battle yet another week. I have looked at happily married couples and wondered when and if and how this will ever happen to me. I have filled journals with the Scriptures of promise, and my “tortured poetry” (slightly tongue-in-cheek). I have been weak and been strong. I have been foolish and I have been wise. I have silenced my feelings and I have been led by my feelings. These struggles are near to my heart. And yet there is hope for us in this season of waiting. There is always a sunrise to look forward to—even in the darkest night. This isn’t just about recognizing the tough times, but seeing those times through the light of Scripture.

Waiting is recognizing that God’s timing is different than our own. And being patient in the journey. Over and over again, I’ve been in prayer over some hope for marriage and 1 Corinthians 13 is impressed on my heart… but only one phrase, “Love is patient.”

A key verse in this season of waiting:

“And let us not lose heart in doing good,
for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
Galatians 6:9

The enemy will come to attack our perspective and steal our perseverance. But when the time seems long and the journey seems difficult, this is when we must press on! In due time—in the Lord’s perfectly ordained season—we will reap. So just as the Word commands, let us keep doing good and serving and worshipping while we are waiting. Like Esther, we have been put in this world for such a time as this! Don't waste your waiting! Be busy doing the work of the kingdom! :)

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