Tuesday, 1 November 2011

What are you doing in the "waiting" times?

I was reading from "God Calling" by the Two Listeners the other day and this comment caught my attention:
"Use this waiting time to cement the friendship with Me, and to increase your knowledge of Me"
I found this to be so profound!  What is the most frustrating part of a trial, besides not knowing the answers to solve the problem?  The "waiting!"  We know that God has a plan and purpose for what we are going through and we're impatient to be done with it, because it hurts and is uncomfortable!  But, oh, the waiting!


Well, this is some sound advice.  Get to know Jesus better in this time.  "Cement" your relationship with Him!  By reading His word, spending time in prayer listening for Him, praising, worshiping, thankfulness, etc.

Its in the doing of these things that God reveals Himself to us and we grow in understanding and wisdom.  Now this is using the 'waiting' time effectively and when God moves in our circumstances, we are stronger, firmer in faith, more sure of our God and more at peace.  Our relationship with Him is deeper.

James 2 v 23:  And the scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness".  And he was called the friend of God.

If anyone in the bible was known for 'waiting' I'd say it was Abraham - and - he was called the friend of God!  Well, maybe because he spent the 'waiting' time getting to know God more!


Yes, instead of tapping our fingers in frustration in the 'waiting time', get to know God better instead!  He may surprise you!

God bless
Tracy

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12 comments:

  1. Oh, the waiting time... tapping my fingers? No, never :)
    Thanks Tracy, great, timely post. If He wouldn't stop us every now and then we would never find the time to sit at His feet and listen.

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  2. A great perspective, Tracy. Waiting is not easy but God is always teaching us more about Him in the process.

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  3. I think He has us to wait sometimes so that we'll take the time to get to know Him. Of course, sometimes we get impatient and try to go ahead of Him, but the best times of fellowship are found in the waiting room!

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  4. Personally I hate waiting, but have come to realize that means that I am available, as an ear to hear, or a shoulder to cry on or some hands to make a meal or a cup of tea. Other than that when I wait, I knit.

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  5. May I spend my waiting time getting to know God better too! Love this!

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  6. Great encouragement!! Love getting to know Him better instead of tapping your fingers!

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  7. Great post, Tracy! The waiting is SO hard but if we spend the time with Him, it will be awesome!

    Blessings to you, sweet ((((Tracy))))!

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  8. Hi Marja - so true, He is giving us opportunity to be with Him

    Hi Eileen - I think thats what its all about at the end of the day, perspective, thanks Eileen :)

    Hi Allison - so true, great times to be had in the waiting room if we just take advantage of it

    Hi Stefanie - great point, be available in the waiting times, to do or be or...knit :)

    Hi Lisa - amen

    Hi Jenifer - yes, no more tapping fingers!!

    Hi Lisa - I think the lesson for me is to USE the waiting time positively instead of fret and sigh! Thanks for the visit Lisa, precious friend ((((Lisa))))

    Ladies - thank you for commenting. This slightly disconnected lady was in need of connecting. Thank you
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. amen! thanks for sharing this reminder.

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  10. Awhhh, yes, the waiting time... I have spent many many hours waiting on my husband. He has a couple of businesses, and always seems to try to fit more into a day than there are hours enough to do it. What God has been teaching me through this is to liken it to waiting for Jesus' coming - work while you wait!

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  11. Hi Peggy - thanks for the visit and comment. I'll be over to visit you back soon

    Hi Esther Joy - you could be writing about my own life. LOTS of hours waiting! I have not always used them constructively. Next time I will.

    Ladies, thank you for your comments. I appreciate them
    God bless
    Tracy

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  12. Oh my I'm guilty of not using the waiting period as effectively as I should. I like the idea of cementing my relationship with Christ. Just simply need a change in focus. Thanks for sharing Traci!

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