I watched my Super Woman plans fly out the window without me as the locker stuck fast.
I had big plans to run about a million errands on this particular day, and the x-ray had to be first. I thanked God that there was no line. I’d be in and out.
Except that, after the x-ray was over, when I went to press my code into the security lock on the locker, it didn’t work. I tried again. No luck.
I watched my agenda for my time flutter away as I waited. In a lovely pair of extra large scrubs.
Isn’t that how life goes some days? We may begin our day with that quick prayer, “Bless my day, God. Help me to get it all done.” And we actually expect Him to go with our plans.
Sometimes God wants us to stop long enough to discover his plans for us. Sometimes He wants us in a waiting place so we can slow down, breathe, and seek His face in the pause.
And sometimes His plan is for us to practice living like Jesus, reflecting His grace on those around us.
Granted this was a small hiccup in my day. Within a few minutes they figured how to unite me with my clothes and I was off and running again.
But what about those big interruptions? Those are harder to work around. When the waiting goes on and on, that’s when it can be difficult to continue to wait on the Lord. To keep our eyes on Him.
How do we manage those unexpected delays and locked doors when they weren’t in our plans?
- Pray. When those hiccups come in the middle of our plans, one of the best things we can do is bring our frustration before the Lord. He’s able to handle our confusion, even our anger. When we’re honest with Him He can give us His peace in the waiting.
- Perspective. Often times, waiting requires an accurate perspective. More often than not, I’ve struggled with this one. I want things to go my way. Because, of course, it’s the best way. When God doesn’t go along with my perfectly laid plans, I need to choose to ask for His perspective in the matter. Sometimes He’s revealed to me why I have to wait for something. Other times, He’s been silent. But, when I seek His plans over mine, when I accept that He has a different way, the waiting comes with a little more peace.
- Persevere. The hardest seasons are those when we wait with no answer from God. We must choose to trust that He is working in the places we can’t see. His plans are perfect, and His ways are higher than ours. We can lean into trusting Him, waiting actively.
- Peer Upward. When we’re in a waiting place we didn’t choose, we need to seek after the Lord. As we spend time in His word, as we pray and share our hearts with Him, as we spend time with other believers, God strengthens us. He gives us the hope we need to stay yielded to Him in those places.
When you find yourself in a season of waiting—especially for those things that are beyond your control—seek the Lord and wait actively.
And make sure you remember your locker code.
What about you? What lessons have you learned in waiting times? What’s your funniest waiting story?