In the other blog post today, I mentioned that the art of creative writing is related to God-given talent. That is, God has given to each of us a measure of grace for the work He has called us to do. While we can learn how to write (craft), it is a truth universally known that not everyone is a born storyteller.
On the other hand, the art of waiting is something that can be learned. You can train yourself to have the skill of waiting. I will talk about this in a minute.
The question is: What is your focus? Is God the focus of your waiting? What are you waiting for Him to do? Has He made a promise that you want kept?
Or are you waiting for yourself or another person? What is going on with your life? Are you waiting for you or someone else to be ready to make the next move? Or are you waiting for them to stop what they are doing?
This morning, during my devotional time with God (quiet time studying God’s word), I read Isaiah 40:31 again.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Are you waiting for God to do something amazing? To move mountains in your life?
Are you waiting for a prodigal son to come home?
Are you waiting for doors of opportunity to open up for you to share the Gospel with lost family members?
Are you waiting for healing? For peace? For better things? For blessings?
What are you doing while you’re waiting? This is what I want to talk about.
As I mentioned, the art of waiting involves skill. My dictionary says that skill means “the ability to do something” or an “expertise.” The word came from an Old English and Old Norse word that means “knowledge.”
To me, the skill of waiting, therefore, means:
- I thank God for the opportunity to trust Him.
- I ask God to examine my heart, and forgive me for any sin therein.
- I study His word the entire time I am waiting.
- I surrender the situation and outcome to Him.
- When the wait is over, I thank God again, regardless of the results.
The reason I say it’s a skill is that you can practice the above. As Christians, we can learn to trust God. We can learn to wait on God. We can learn to surrender the circumstances to God. And ew can learn to thank God, no matter what happens.
The more you trust God, the more you trust God. Your faith grows!