The Great Wait

We are in a period of waiting, still! I wrote a lot about waiting the 6 months when C.J. was living in Georgia, because at that time we were waiting on pursuing having children. Now that he is back, we are pursuing having a child, but still waiting for our blessing to come.

We don’t know how long this wait will be. We sure hope we won’t have to wait as long as Sarah and Abraham did. But, we are believing and praying big things!

I talk a lot about the Brooklyn Tabernacle sermons, and this one is from a pastor I had not heard from before, but it was on my favorite and most prevalent topic for us, waiting!

Todd’s sermon was a good reminder that when we are waiting on something and it doesn’t happen right away, it might feel like God is saying “no”, when He is really saying “not yet”.

In Acts 1:4 the disciples were in a waiting period in Jerusalem. On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”

Jesus earlier had made a statement about going to preach the world to everyone. But, then in Acts 1:4, told the disciples to wait. The disciples must have been confused, were they supposed to go or were they supposed to wait? In the verses following the scripture, it says they decided to wait. The disciples must have understood that if they went ahead of God, they would be without God.

Isn’t that what we do? Grow impatient and try to do His job for Him. The longer we wait on something, our standards start to slip. We could be waiting for the dream job, but settle for something we won’t enjoy. Or we could be waiting for the man of our dreams, but then settle for someone, just because we want to get married. It can be so hard to figure out the will of God. Do we continue to pursue conceiving naturally or pursue fertility treatments? Do we switch doctors? Do we take prescription medication to help improve the chances or just stick with vitamins?

But, God has great things planned for us while we wait. When He does answers our prayers, I have no doubt we will realize some of the best things in our lives are the things we did not plan or pray for. God has already blessed us beyond what we ever could have asked for and He wants to bless us even more!

What are you waiting for? Are you willing to wait? The consequences are too great if you don’t and the rewards will be too great when you do.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Ephesians 3:20-21

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10 Comments
  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 23:50h, 01 June Reply

    So many decisions, I understand! I pray you will feel the peace and clarity of mind to know what is the best route! I love your positive attitude and complete trust in God! 🙂

  • Mrs. E
    Posted at 00:54h, 02 June Reply

    Your posts speak to me every time. (I have even been sharing them with my husband!) I think on the one hand, I am a pretty impatient person. When we were first dealing with our inability to get pregnant, I felt like I was always trying something new, from vitamins to herbs to acupuncture. And yet, on the other hand, we waited for nearly 2 years before pursuing medical treatments. It’s almost a contradiction: waiting, but constantly moving forward. It makes me think about “waiting” not as a stagnant state, but as a series of small progressions from one great milestone to the next. In this context, I find that in life, I do not necessarily wait on the ultimate answer, but rather for the next clue–or perhaps indication–as to what the master plan is.

    I don’t really know what triggered our decision to pursue medical help after 2 years of TTC on our own. I think it just felt like the right next step for us. We had two more failed cycles before our positive one, and I remember feeling angry, as though we had waited long enough and it was Our Time. And then our time finally came, and it was exactly right.

    In your post, you said that “some of the best things in our lives are the things we did not plan or pray for.” I 100% agree (and love how you phrased it!) For us, we spent years dreaming about our one perfect baby, only to discover that all along, God’s plan for us had been two =)

  • Candace
    Posted at 01:57h, 02 June Reply

    Waiting is so tough. Some time back I did a little mini-study on waiting, and one of the verses that has always stuck with me is Psalm 130:6: “I wait for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning, more than the watchmen wait for the morning.” What is so cool about this is the word “wait” here implies an expectancy. They know without a doubt the morning will come, so although they are waiting, they wait with a true, believing hope. I just love that! We wait, yes, but we wait with expectancy because God is good and hears us. He will answer us.

    • Amy
      Posted at 01:08h, 03 June Reply

      Candace – I would love to know more about your mini-study! Did you use some supplemental material or was it a self-study?

  • Melanie
    Posted at 14:32h, 02 June Reply

    I love your positive attitude. That was always the hardest for me. My blog is angelheartsforever.blogspot.com

    Take care, Melanie

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 18:09h, 02 June Reply

    The waiting and the decisions are the worst part of this journey. I’m sending you many thoughts and prayers to help you get through all of this.

  • Amy
    Posted at 01:07h, 03 June Reply

    Ah waiting! It is so hard. I always struggle with knowing what to do during the wait. And then, when do you stop waiting and move forward. I know it is a matter of finding peace with the decision. But, I wish it was easier.

  • Becky
    Posted at 13:43h, 03 June Reply

    I love what you said about how waiting sometimes causes our standards to start slipping. That is so NOT what I want! I would hate the idea of pursuing something just because we’re tired of waiting and then we kina ruin something great God had planned for us. I think the hard thing is knowing how long we should be waiting! If I knew that I had to wait 5 more years, I could do it. But this indefinite period of waiting is so very hard. We have some Christian friends who have been waiting for their family to start for 15 years. 15 years and God hasn’t said a peep to them about how much longer they have to wait. Waiting can be super scary, but I know it’s part of the journey with Him and it certainly grows your faith and endurance!

  • Amie
    Posted at 20:37h, 03 June Reply

    It’s so crazy, eventhough I know without a doubt God’s timing is perfect, that other little voice creeps in every once in a while wondering “when will it be our turn”. I struggle with do we keep trying naturally (since the RE testing showed nothing wrong with either of us) or do we seek further treatment? I have to say though that I feel like God is leading us to just wait for him 🙂

  • Em
    Posted at 18:05h, 11 June Reply

    If we go ahead of God, we’re going without God.

    I’ve never thought about it that way before, but it’s so true.

    Hopes and prayers are with you as you continue to navigate these tough decisions.

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