Have you ever been waiting on something for so long you never thought it would ever happen? And it seemed like everywhere you turned, someone else was doing the thing you wanted to do, or receiving the very thing you’d been praying for?
Or maybe something deeper is stirring in you. You sense the Lord nudging you toward a new thing, you see him revealing himself in ways you haven’t seen before.
Mannnnn, do I get it.
Often, when the Lord is calling me into a deeper place, there’s a waiting season before it comes. I used to get all antsy and stirred up in my spirit when it happened, but over the years, I’m getting more accustomed to the waiting seasons. Or better said…I’m getting better at recognizing them when they come. My toes still like to tap sometimes. But the longer I travel this earthly life, the more I realize that Ecclesiastes 3:1 is right – there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Waiting seasons are the days, months, or sometimes years between receiving a glimpse of what the Lord is doing, and actually seeing it come to fruition. It’s the time between the revelation and the receiving. The desire and fulfillment.
In Sue Monk Kidd’s book, [When the Heart Waits](https://amzn.to/3NxHg8M), she writes this:
“Is it possible, I asked myself, that I’m being summoned from some deep and holy place within? Am I being asked to enter a new passage in the spiritual life – the journey from false self to true self? Am I being asked to dismantle old masks and patterns and unfold a deeper, more authentic self – the one God created me to be?”
She goes on to write about an encounter she had with a monk, when she admitted to him that she couldn’t get used to the idea of doing nothing. His response is exactly what I believe the Lord wants so desperately for us to grasp, “When you’re waiting, you’re not doing nothing. You’re doing the most important something there is. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.”
That is some truth right there.
In this week’s episode, we talk about being between waves when I was bodysurfing, and if you haven’t listened to it yet, check it out.
Waiting seasons are good, they’re necessary. And they might just be the key to becoming exactly who God created you to be.