Whoo hoo! It’s Friday and day twenty-five of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Writing Challenge. Today’s word prompt is wait.
Give me a beverage while I wait and I am a happy girl. Coffee, comfy chairs, and nice work stations make my wait for car service a breeze. One day, I’m going to figure out how to get a manicure and massage while waiting! Honey yes!!!
Waiting is OK as long as it doesn’t take too long or I can be entertained or enjoyably busy during the process. When people say “wait on God”. I sometimes roll my eyes. I know it is sound advice. However, every time I go into the waiting room of life, there are no beverages or comfy chairs.
My Sister Circle leader made my jaw drop a couple of weeks ago in a discussion on waiting. She said: “Our job while we wait on God is to endure”. I made the terrible mistake of looking up the word endure. Light bulb moment:
Waiting on God is not about me being comfortable until I get what I want.
A simple internet search of the word endure finds endurance means: to suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently. —-(Did you notice there was no mention of comfort?) And since we are looking up words, dictionary.com defines patience as: (the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset).
My parents were both teachers so I’m going to push it here. I looked up the word upset and found it to mean: a state of being worried, unhappy, disappointed, inconvenienced, alarmed, agitated, and distressed. Wooozers!
There are not enough beverages, entertainment, and comfy chairs to avoid suffering. But if I can tolerate delays and suffering without anger, worry, agitation or distress, my endurance will strengthen. Then, I can wait without losing faith, choosing to give up, or sinfully taking things into my own hands.
Let us rejoice in our hope and the confident assurance of [experiencing and enjoying] the glory of [our great] God [the manifestation of His excellence and power]. And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.