The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Read: “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”  Psalm 5:3 (NASB)

Reflect: For about 18 months I was stuck in the “waiting room” of life. I wasn’t hearing from God, didn’t know what to do next and felt spiritually dry. About the same time we visited a winery for a family event. As part of the tour, the guide walked us through a barren, brown and seemingly dead section of grape bushes.

I wondered if these were the plants that would soon be replaced because they were done producing anything of value. The guide then explained that these were the strongest and heartiest plants in the vineyard. They are specifically planted in that area of harder land and actually watered less because it forces them to send their roots down deep into the soil. Those deep roots are able to access the best soil, which feeds the vines nutrients and unmatched taste. What looks like dead and fruitless vines to us will one day produce the richest and most expensive wine.

Oh, how that explanation breathed life into my heart! Standing in that vineyard I had a new understanding of how God was working in my life. Even though I couldn’t hear him and felt like my spiritual life was fruitless, I changed my focus to digging my roots down deep into him. I stopped seeing my current circumstance as permanent and instead concentrated on being faithful in the waiting.

React: Are you in life’s “waiting room”? How can you live faithfully during this time?

Pray: God, help us to remember that you are always with us and have a plan for us. Help us to hold to that promise no matter how we feel. Help us stay connected to you as we wait, and give us hope for what you have next for us.