Waiting Is An Action

Amanda Book

January 17, 2022

“You can’t outthink God!” chuckled my mother inlaw as I vented to her. 

I don’t like waiting on God! Sometimes I don’t even like trusting him if I’m being honest. I don’t like seeing all the dots and being unable to connect them. I often wonder, “What is God doing?” and  “How can this be good?” I’ve even gone as far as to think “If He would do this, this, and this, all would be well!” and the worst one  “Why hasn’t he orchestrated this better!”

Yes, I am a firstborn child. I do not do well in the waiting. I am uncomfortable and agitated. I am a doer. I want to quickly fix whatever is broken. I hate sitting. I’ve tried it for five whole minutes! It’s exhausting.  I can’t be the only person who hates waiting, so I am blogging! 

My friend Tiffany told me in my CORE class, “Waiting is doing something!”

Excuse me? Wait! What? Huh? Oh. Wow! I never heard that phrase. I was confused yet intrigued. 

On my drive home, verses began randomly coming to mind.

 “Wait on the Lord…”| Psalm 27:14 

“Quietly wait on the lord…” | Lamentations 3:26

“Watch in hope…” | Micah 7:7

If you heard me speak at CORE graduation, I encouraged everyone to keep asking questions to God. Questions helped my relationship with Jesus become personal.

The last verse that came to mind was this:

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”| ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Huh? Wow! Something clicked in my heart. Waiting is me surrendering my will. I’ve been told my will is strong. Therefore surrendering is hard work! 

Please don’t mistake me, I am not magically calm during the waiting. I am purposely pausing, praying, and giving thanks for the answers in the waiting. I feel better when I expect great things. Be challenged today to worship in the waiting and expect good things! 

We can have confidence in all situations! 

“NOW FAITH is confidence in what we hope for & assurance about what we do not see!” | Hebrews 11:1

Fast forward one week since I started this blog, my sister-in-law is on a ventilator with her momma next door on a ventilator too. This has been a long week of WAITING, especially for their husbands. I don’t know what God is doing. How can this be or become good?  I can’t outthink God. I’m having to put into practice what I shared above. My thoughts naturally spiral out of control. But I choose to change their patterns. Now I speak truths out loud instantly. “He has plans to prosper. HE IS GOOD ALWAYS. Our worth isn’t determined by our health. I will wait. I will trust!” 

You need an action plan to survive and thrive in your waiting! 

•daily/hourly prayer time 
•Worship music on
•AUDIO – PLAY the Bible if you’re too weary to read it or switch up your action plan. 
•Pray out loud!

My chapters of waiting are uncomfortable and uncertain. The chapters you’re facing are uncomfortable and uncertain! We are all facing a battle or two or ten. 

For 2022, I asked God for a word, He gave me “Trust.” I have always paired waiting and trust together. I can’t do one without the other. I am scared in my waiting chapters but I am safe and so are you!

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

About the Author: Amanda Book

A friend who is embracing her God-given gifts while on the adventures of marriage, motherhood, and life!

2 Comments

  1. Linda Patches

    Thanks. I appreciated this. Worship in the waiting. Have to remember that!

    Reply
  2. Tammy McKnight

    Amanda, I love your heart for Jesus and your transparency. I’m a doer, a fixer, not someone who waits – and certainly not someone who does waiting well. Thank you for challenging me! Love you!

    Reply

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