One of the things I have missed the most during lockdown is being able to travel. I love trying the different food, enjoying the beautiful scenery, learning about new cultures and just being able to explore!
However, the one thing I really am not keen on is the flight.
Don’t get me wrong, I generally like flying but I really do not appreciate the waiting we have to do before boarding a flight. And although I understand the importance of having to allow time for the safety checks to be carried out so that the flight will be safe and smooth, I’m just impatient to get on with my holiday!
To me, all that waiting is waste of precious time and I remember how annoyed I would get by the delays that I would often forget that I was on my way to a wonderful vacation!
Instead of being excited about the trip I found myself asking “how much longer do I have to wait?”.
Sometimes it can be the same question we ask God when we are waiting for an answer to prayer.
Waiting can be tiring, frustrating and sometimes even painful. It also made me wonder – how many times have we been so caught up in the frustration of waiting that we forget the destination we are headed towards?
The Bible is full of examples of people who waited – Abraham waited for the promise of a child, Jacob waited for his soulmate, Joseph waited for his purpose, and God was always with them in the waiting.
Maybe you’ve been believing for something for so long that it’s become exhausting. Or maybe you’ve fervently praying over a situation in your life and you’ve run out of words to pray.
Let me encourage you with this:
‘Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.’
God is constantly working, moving, and though at times it feels like a standstill – do not be disheartened but instead let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us when we run out of words to pray.
Can I encourage you to embrace the waiting and use the time to linger in His beautiful presence.
Written by Janelle Foo (Hope City Newcastle) for the SHE IS Collective Blog Series