Enjoy The Wait

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. H2:3

As we were busy with our online "NarrowRoad Book Club" Gathering, along with Yvonne, on Sunday and shared from Finding The Abundant Life - Chapter 5. I remembered how I hated waiting (I know hate is a very strong word, but it's exactly how I experienced it). When my former husband, at that time would come and pick our son up, I would keep a suitcase in the car (by the way an empty suitcase) but it was so that he would think I was going to spend the weekend away, but right after he left, I would go inside and spend my waiting crying and begging before the Lord.

I want to highlight the following points from the lesson to encourage you to know that your waiting has a bigger purpose:

  • Your wait has a wonderfully planned purpose!
  • As we will look back one day, our waiting will make us into who the Lord wants us to be.
  • The wait will enable us to know the Lord better.
  • Rather than benefiting from it, and enjoying it, a lot of us suffer through it; often failing to make it to the end and thus we forfeit the promise we are trusting God for.
  • The Lord often lets us wait because we are not ready to deal with it.
  • The wait is not only for our good, it is also because often the timing is not right.

Precious dearest bride, you have two choices: either you do the waiting crying and begging like I did or you enjoy the waiting and believe me it is so much more fulfilling to enjoy the waiting with our precious Lord, so there is no need to cry and beg. Today I can look back and tell you it was so worth the wait, there was no need for me to cry daily and beg, I could have just as well enjoyed the wait with the Lord.

15 thoughts on “Enjoy The Wait”

  1. Dear Janine,
    Thank you for sharing the principle of waiting with us. I also regularly experience that when I am waiting, the unrest can suddenly arise. Especially when I’m alone and have a quiet day. It helps me to focus my heart on Him and thank Him for the peace He gives me at that moment. When I focus my heart on Him, He allows me to enjoy time with Him, knowing that He is moving ahead with His plan, just giving me a wonderful moment of rest and peace.

    1. Thank you for sharing precious Hanna, yes just as long we keep our focus on our Darling Lord in the midst of the waiting, because it is then that we experience the rest and peace because He can give it to us.

  2. Dear Janine,

    thanks for sharing this lesson. Indeed, it has not been easy to accept waiting for what you would like to see change or receive. Having been on the road with my Beloved for several years now and having gone through so many situations together. Has He shown me the purpose of waiting? While I wait now there are so many things I would like to do. I don’t know where to start😍.

    1. Thank you for sharing precious Kristine and He will make the wait worth while.

  3. β€œI pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NLT
    I felt the same way with my “waiting seasons” because after we enjoy one, another is right in the corner.
    In those seasons, the Lord called me to His Word and filled me with hope. The hope I felt was not just a hollow desire, wishing for a good or quick outcome. Instead, it was a deep certainty, rooted in the depth of me and shrouded in β€œconfident expectation.” I have learned that this kind of hope gives us confidence that no earthly definition of hope can reach.
    Nowhere did I find the Bible saying we should give up, rush through our problems, or prove to the world we could survive on our own. Most importantly, I didn’t find verses saying it was even possible to live a comfortable life free from hardship.
    But along with the hope that this chapter gave and my deep study of the word, I now appreciate these seasons more, because they draw us closer to Him!
    He goes ahead of us and prepares the way!
    Thank you for sharing my dear!

  4. Thank you for sharing precious Isabella, yes isn’t that wonderful how our Darling Lord draws us closer to Him.

  5. Waiting is one of the hardest parts of my walk with Him. I actually always thought of myself as a patient person until the Lord started asking me to wait and β€œbe still”. That’s when I realized how impatient I really am.
    Writing down the vision and reading it often can help us to remain focused and patient as we wait. πŸ’•

    1. Thank you for sharing precious Hope, I have to admit waiting is also the hardest part of my walk with Him. But just today I thought back on my life and I am so grateful He let me wait, because His plans are really far much better than my own plans.

  6. Waiting is never easy, but once I learned to embrace the purpose of waiting, it becomes more enjoyable and the reward of waiting patiently on our Beloved will be more than we can ever imagine or hope for. Trying to help our Beloved to make things happen faster, only results in destruction.

    What I’ve learned on my journey, is that surrendering our plans and waiting in expectation for His plans, makes the waiting so much more enjoyable.

    1. When I look back precious Adina, I can think of so many times that I was impatient but you are right, because the things I tried to make it happen faster only resulted in destruction.

  7. Thank you for sharing dear Janine. One of the hardest things in my life has always been waiting, because waiting is not an easy task. I’ve always been impatient, and I never liked waiting for anything or anyone.
    But now, I can see how wonderful it has been to enjoy waiting next to my Beloved, as He has made everything easier and smoother on my journey. Now instead of anxiety about not knowing what day, time or moment things will happen in my life, I am just enjoying the wait. And what a wonderful time I have had with him!πŸ’•

    1. Thank you for sharing precious Marta, I too was not good in waiting but I see now as long as our Darling Lord is in the wait with me, I am ok.

  8. Thank you Janine. So many Scriptures have been telling me to rest in Him and wait for Him. Like I told a friend of mine, I don’t know what I’m waiting for but something good is going to happen πŸ˜„
    Thank you for the beautiful reminder to also be still and focus on enjoying this time, every moment, I have with my Beloved, my True Love. This is such a wonderful time for us. πŸ’ž

    1. That is just Who are Darling Lord is, we can get excited in our wait dear precious Ruby.
      Time with Him is really wonderful precious Ruby.

  9. Thank you for the encouragement Dear Janine
    I told the Lord that I want to live my Abundant life with Him alone first, for it looks exciting for me.
    Because of the difficulties and trials, sometimes I do not want to wait, I want that all could be ended.
    But yes, it would be a disaster to be restored when it is not the right time.
    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Eccleastes 3:11

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