We spend much of our lives waiting, don’t we? We wait for that dream job. We wait for a spouse or a child. We wait for test results. We wait for our prayers to be answered. And because we live in a world of immediacy, we oftentimes run ahead of God and try to work things out in our favor and in our timing.

Tom Petty was on to something when he wrote the lyrics to “The Waiting”. It really is the hardest part. But who we can become while waiting is the best part.

God gives us a gift while we wait. It is the gift of time. And during that time, we can choose to be passive and do nothing or we can actively use it to deepen our trust in him and his faithfulness.

What does active pursuit look like? It means allowing God to work on our character and our hearts. It means talking to him and hearing from him on a regular basis. It means paying attention to how he is already working in the details. It means surrendering our will to his will. It means waiting in hope, not in fear.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7).

If you are in a season of waiting, remember that God is in the waiting with you. Use this time to draw near to him and let him lead the way!