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Use the Waiting Time

Sometimes it is so hard to wait. It’s so hard to just sit there and wait for things to happen, both big and small. Waiting for an hour to pass so you can go pick up a pretty girl for a date. Waiting for results on a tough test. Waiting for a call back from a job interview. But one of the hardest times for me to wait was last summer before I left for Grace college.

I was so excited to leave, so excited to start learning more about the Bible and bring more proof to what I believe in my heart. But after waiting all that time and finally getting there, after a while, I missed home. I missed joking with my mom and sister at home. I missed going out with my friends and spending every second of it laughing and having a blast. I missed my walks in the neighborhood with my dog. I missed Braums, man! I even just missed driving to and from places and being able to see all the places I had been in town. Warsaw was just not the same. The people were not the same.

So, after a few weeks or so of being there, I was waiting again. Instead of waiting to go to college, I was waiting to go back to where my heart was. But God showed me a lot of things in those waiting periods. God showed me who I was in those times of waiting even if they were some of the hardest I ever had to go through.

Sometimes, I let my selfish feels get in the way of what Christ was using me for. I would be too busy longing for Winfield Kansas at times, that I would miss what God had for me right then. And they were good things. Waiting is an important part of life. Waiting on the Lord is even more important.

Psalm 31:24, “So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”

Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known t God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Waiting is a time where God strengthens us. He uses those times and wants us to dive deeper into his word, grow closer to him, and fall into his loving arms for comfort and support. Don’t waste your waiting time with nonsense, but fill it with the wisdom of Christ.

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