What We Must Do in the Wait

Posted June 11, 2024 by Theresa Miller

Categories: Featured, Sister Post, Theresa

The wait is an active position, not a stagnant one.

Buying our house fourteen years ago required a nine month wait. It was a short sale and the lenders were in no hurry to sell it.  So we waited. 

Although we decided the house with a great layout and alluring  mountain view would be the perfect house for us, we didn’t just wait around hoping the lenders would agree to our offer. 

Rather than riding the wave of highs and lows, we continued hunting for the right house. We believed God knew our desire and trusted that if something more fitting opened up, we could let this house go.

Nothing did. 

Waiting is hard. But what we do in the wait is vital for walking through those divine doors God opens all of the time.

Theresa Miller

Just before the scheduled foreclosure nine months later, the lenders accepted our offer and we closed on our new home. 

Waiting is hard. But what we do in the wait is vital for walking through those divine doors God opens all of the time. If we’re in too big a hurry, we may compromise God’s best. If we give up in frustration, we’ll never know His best. So what do we do in the wait? 

We believe in the God who sees us. We trust in the God who knows what is best for us. And we act in participation with the God who is for us and is at work in us—everyday, all the time. 

As a creative, I have learned this lesson over and over again as I have waited on God’s timing with writing opportunités. We are all waiting on God for something. Consider what you are waiting on God for right now, then consider these reminders for the wait: 

4 reminders for the wait:

Pray continually

Remain aligned with God’s heart for you by praying continually. Do this humbly by having the mind of Christ as you go about His business. 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Remain Alert

This one can be hard. Doubt kicks in when wading through the unknowns. Keep going. Take that next step. Stay alert. Be prepared for the “yes,” or the ”go!”

“I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

Psalm 130:6

Trust that God holds the outcome

God has not forgotten you, friend!

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”

Isaiah 3

Don’t give up! 

When we keep our eyes on Christ and stay the course, we will be rewarded. 

“But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”

2 Chronicles 15:7

Sister, our wait is an act of worship, because our hope is ultimately in our God, not in the thing we hope for.

Does the wait feel like riding a wave at times for you? Maybe it’s time to step out of the vehicle that is taking your emotions for a ride, and just keep faithfully moving, keep trusting, and keep believing in the God who sees you, knows you, and is for you. 

Which of these do you need to work on in your time of wait? 

“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