Let’s face it, we don’t like waiting. Right from childhood, “I want it now”, takes hold and the thought or need to wait is seen as a threat or even a punishment.
We want that thing we’ve been searching for – now; we want that job – now; we want that partner – now; we want more money – now, and so it goes on and on.
Even looking beyond the tangible things we still want them now; more peace; self-assurance; confidence; resilience; patience; contentment and more. We want them now as if we can just claim it and it will happen, like a magic wand waves over your life and you are instantly given that which you were searching or striving for.
NEWS ALERT – it doesn’t work that way, life doesn’t work that way.
Waiting is necessary for us to truly receive the benefit of that which we have been hoping for.
Waiting intensifies the enjoyment of that which we have been longing for or working towards.
How much more would we value a car or a home that we have been working for than one that is just given to us or we inherit. Even children value things they have had to wait for far more than those which they have received the instant they have asked for it.
The benefit of waiting for personal growth is that the process brings a greater depth than anything we could achieve or receive if it were an instant acquisition.
Waiting enriches our faith as we have to hold on to the belief that what we are reaching for will come to pass:
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of things (we) hope for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses). (Hebrews 11:1 amp)
Waiting is hard, it stares straight in the face of our human nature to “want it now”, and it requires a strength of its own. Waiting requires a tenacious faith to hold on to that which we are longing for without losing hope. It requires, as the writer of Hebrews states, a conviction of their reality despite not yet seeing it.
If you are in the season of waiting, be at peace with the process, hold onto your dream or goal with a fierce determination and don’t let the passage of time dishearten you. You may find your dream or your need change with time, and that is fine, how many times do we run full on into something then realize that if we had of slowed down we might have seen the pot-holes ahead or realised we didn’t really need that new gadget.
Allow the process to enrich the dream, have faith and keep moving towards it, the benefits will far out way the waiting. And allow others to believe with you, when you are struggling, they can help remind you of your goal and share the journey with you.