On waiting…

I’m terrible at updating this, but I’m really going to make an effort this month to blog regularly. I was so inspired by my friend and churchmate (and blogger extraordinaire) Ganns Deen!

There’s so much I want to blog about! But let’s take things one at a time…

I had a realization last week about WAITING.

Like a lot of people I know, I’m not a huge fan of waiting. I’ve become more patient the last few years, but waiting still isn’t on the top of my list of favorite activities. Waiting is tough. Sometimes waiting makes me excited, but more often than not, it makes me confused, lost, tired, weary, depressed, anxious, lonely, doubtful, paranoid…in other words, no matter what it is that I’m waiting for, waiting doesn’t always bring out the best in me.

But here’s what I realized. I often forget that God’s timing is perfect. He has already seen all things from beginning to end. He knows all our needs and He knows when to provide them. All of the wonderful things that God has in store for us are already marked down in His datebook.

Let me say that again.

All of the wonderful things that God has in store for us are already marked down in His datebook.

So we can twist and turn and beat ourselves up, trying to manipulate God’s timing, but it won’t work. We can try to make ourselves “more ready” or push ourselves to places where we think we ought to be, in the hopes that we’ll get to our “promised land” sooner than later, but all our efforts will be in vain. The appointment is already marked. And the date that God marked is perfect.

Here’s an illustration: I love Christmas. I love choosing gifts for my loved ones, and I love receiving gifts as well. I love all the parties and the food, I love the weather, I love the red cups at Starbucks. But no matter what I do today, December will not come tomorrow. I can write down my shopping list, prepare my budget, and buy Christmas wrappers, but tomorrow will still be June, and Starbucks will still have white cups. So what do I do in the meantime? I can’t live every day of June, trying to convince God and everyone else around me that it’s December. Not a good idea. I just have to remember that June is June, and there will be a lot of great blessings that will come with this month and this season, and I have to live in the moment and keep my eyes, ears, and heart open for what God’s going to do today, this week, this month, and this season.

How blessed are we, that He who holds our datebooks is faithful, loving, and all-knowing! And He reveals bits and pieces of His good, pleasing, and perfect will today, tomorrow, and each and every day of our lives.  :)

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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    14 responses to “On waiting…

    1. i needed this. thanks :)
      as always, i love your blogs…and the red cups at starbucks too!

    2. You’ve got a gift, Liz. Keep on writing! :)

    3. we’ve got to embrace and celebrate every season. :) nothing is ever boring because we serve an awesome God. :) Great blog, Liz! :)

    4. very well said liz! love it! :)

    5. beautiful post, liz. :)

      and the timing was perfect – for me anyway. hehe. ;)

    6. i liked this post liz. :)

    7. accessiblebeyondlimits

      Thanks for this. I needed to read this today. Gods timing is perfect, and waiting is an action. I too get confused, wondering if waiting is the right action. I have to remember that Gods ways are not the ways of the world. I dont have to be busy all the time. Waiting can be the best action in some cases.

    8. Hannah B. Rueras

      DEFINITELY LOVE THIS BLOG!

      I hate to ‘wait’ and I got into all sorts of tragedies because I wanted my plans to happen my own way…

      Just read this blog (posted last June), today is October, and yet the very essence of your statements are timely and very much applicable to the circumstances I’m in right now. Thank you mucho! I hate to wait but I’m learning to wait and God could help me WAIT…haha!

      • haha yes! I figure it’s better to wait for His good, pleasing, and perfect plan than to strive in my own futile plans! :) I remember hearing a preaching in New York where the pastor was saying that we need to be careful about creating backup plans, since most of those are born out of frustration or anxiety or panic. Rather, we can just pray for the grace to endure and be patient. OH YES. haha! :)

    9. awesome line…
      “we can twist and turn and beat ourselves up, trying to manipulate God’s timing, but it won’t work.”
      –this is so true .. as you get old you could even more realized the whole idea that you’re using the wrong clock. (thanks Lizette)

    10. I totally relate to this – mostly because there’s a disconnect between my head and my heart. My head knows that God’s got it. It know that I can’t be the initiator or the driving force. But my heart is in a hurry. Good post.

      • HI Kathryn! I wasn’t sure how to reply to you because I moved sites this morning (I migrated everything to http://www.lizetteclaudio.com and I get so confused with the files, so unfortunately, because this comment was new, it was left in the old site. Long story :) But don’t let me confuse you!

        I just wanted to say that I like what you said. My heart always seems to be in a hurry too. :) Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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