Waiting can be discouraging. Waiting can be hard. So what does it look like to wait in a way that makes you a participant in what God is doing rather than someone who struggles against the wait? Let me suggest four things today, and I'll add three more on Monday.
Remind yourself that you're not alone
As you wait, tell yourself again and again that you haven't been singled out. Remind yourself that you're part of a vast company of people who are being called to wait.
Reflect on the biblical story. Abraham waited many years for his promised son. Israel waited 420 years for deliverance from Egypt, then another 40 years before they could enter the land God had promised them. God's people waited generation after generation for the Messiah, and the church now waits for his return. The whole world groans as it waits for the final renewal of all things that God has promised.
It's vital to understand that waiting isn't an interruption of God's plan. It is his plan. And you can know this as well: the Lord who's called you to wait is with you in your wait. He hasn't gone off to do something else, like the doctor you're waiting to see. No, God is near, and he provides for you all that you need to be able to wait.