The Blessings of Waiting.


“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.” - Psalm 91:15


We often hear people say, "Be careful what you wish for," but I say be careful what you pray for. God doesn't just answer prayers, He teaches you the answer.

I prayed for patience, and patience is surely what God has been teaching me.

I was in Florida this past weekend for a wedding. When I arrived back at the airport in New York City, it took me forever to get a ride through a car service app.

The airport is currently undergoing construction, which makes it very difficult for the app drivers to get to you. Every time I requested a car, the app told me that it would take the driver 15 minutes to get to me.

That's fair, there's construction. But 15 minutes turned into 30 minutes, and then the driver canceled when he/she realized it was too difficult to get to me.

This happened twice, and I got frustrated.

Two hours later, I found myself still waiting to be picked up, and I was scared that the current driver who I was waiting for would cancel too. But he didn't.

Instead, he had me walk to one section, then to another section, then back to the section I was in, then to another section of the airport. I was even more frustrated than before, but I continued to follow his directions because he kept calling me to reassure me that he was coming.

And I believed him.

Eventually, I found the driver, and he took me home along a route that avoided the excessive traffic that was happening outside the airport. What would've been another hour and a half because of traffic was only a 20-minute drive.

Kudos to my driver. He did well. He did really well 👏👏👏👏.

There were many times while I was waiting for the driver that I considered canceling and calling another one, but I kept telling myself to be patient. I figured the next driver might not be as willing to deal with the airport chaos.

So I waited and waited, and eventually, I got home.

The funny thing about the situation is that I wasn't even in a rush. I just wanted to go home.

Isn't that normally how it is, though? We aren't necessarily in a rush, but we want God to be on-demand like a genie.

God can and does answer prayers immediately at times, but it isn't up to us to decide when and how God will answer our prayers.

Sometimes God guides us through several paths, which may at times seem pointless and be inconvenient, but if we're obedient, we'll realize that it's for our benefit — we don't always see what's happening in the background.

What we may think is a setback because we have our own idea of how much time it should take to do something or be somewhere, is often a set up for the greater things that God has planned.

I don't know about you, but I'd much rather go through obstacles with the help and guidance of our omniscient Father, then without Him. God is our strength, and with Him, nothing is impossible.

The only way we can get to His intended direction is if we're patient.

I'm the first one to tell you that I don't like waiting, but just because I don't like it and it makes me "feel a certain way" doesn't mean that it isn't the best thing for me.

My driver yesterday was persistent and continued to comfort me during my wait. That's exactly what God does for us while we wait on Him for direction.

“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.” - Psalm 91:15

You're not alone, friends. God is with you every step of the way.

He promises to answer when you call. He promises to be with you when you’re in trouble and He promises to rescue you when you need rescuing.

God may not always do things the way you want Him to do it, but He will do it if your request is aligned with His will and you’re patient enough to wait on Him.

Some of the greatest figures throughout the Bible — Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and David — had to wait for many years for God’s promises to be realized. But God was working on them inwardly and outwardly while they waited.

All of the things that happened along the way, both obstacles and victories, were used to prepare them for what God had in store for them. And when they reached their promise, God blessed them beyond measure.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have; its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." - James 1:2-4

Waiting on God will test your faith and produce patience. It will allow God to work in you and around you. And most importantly, waiting on God will help you to grow closer to Him as you depend on Him for guidance.

God is working in your waiting. In fact, He never stops working.

Keep praying and continue waiting!

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You were born to do great things. Keep on waiting, friends.

- Mags

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