“It’s the waiting, the not knowing, that’s driving me crazy.”
“The waiting is the cross,” [Mother] answered.” Colleen Carroll Campbell from My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir~
Sometimes it feels like we’ve been waiting for something all our lives. I remember as a teen waiting for my father to pick me up from school and wondering how many hours I’d spent waiting for him in my life. But he always came. I always knew he would, and he did.
Having to wait through the unknown is its own cross–sometimes the heaviest. The test or surgery results, the diagnosis. We dwell on the outcome. The thing that will
Colleen Carroll Campbell waited for God to send her a child. She endured the agony of the wait, medical treatments and the monthly realization of yet another failure to conceive.
What weighed most heavily on her was not knowing whether she would ever be a mother.
She and her husband asked God
He didn’t send them a baby. He sent them two.
But they had to wait. And in the time of waiting, they grew closer to God and closer to each other.
God says, rest. Wait. Trust me.
We sense we are standing still in that time. But we are not. And God is not still either. He works through our times of waiting. He works in us.
Rest. Wait. Trust. And watch for the outcome.
It will be worth the wait.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NASB~
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20 Replies to “The Cross of Waiting”
God’s timing is always perfect, we just rarely see it. I love this example. Thanks for sharing, Nancy!!
Amen and amen. The waiting is sometimes the hardest part. I think it might be better if we knew the results but told the event would not happen for several more years. But we learn to trust God in the wait.
Faith comes in the waiting while we don’t see. But knowing the outcome would make the ordeal easier but we’d miss the growth of faith as we hope.
I have learned many lessons in periods of waiting. At times, I have questioned why I needed to learn any lessons. God always has the best plans for me and I need to trust Him.
Melissa, it does seem that it’s sometimes the only way for us to learn some lessons. God bless and thank you!
thank you for writing this. very timely for me. A different situation. But your writing helps all kinds of waits. ugh, long sigh. Actually, I am feeling better. The wait goes on. Great advice… “Rest. Wait. Trust. And watch for the outcome” Love the ps reminder too quote ” Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NASB~” I need double doses at times blessings Peace
God bless you in this time, Donna. Thanks!
Amen, Nancy. Well stated. I struggle in my own waiting season, and yet I know my Father will always come through even though I may not always enjoy the waiting!
God bless you through that season, Heather! Thank you for reading and commenting.
This is such an important message: “God is not still either. He works through our times of waiting. He works in us.” What seems like waiting to us is a productive time for God. I guess, because some of the fruit is not necessarily tangible, it’s not as tasty for us. Thank you for this reminder that God has a reason for the waiting.
Thank you, Stephen. Perhaps the bitterest fruit is the best! God bless!
Thanks for sharing your reflections on the concept of waiting here, Nancy.
God is faithful to those who wait Him.
Thank you, Edna! God bless!
I agree, in this world going at Sonic speeds we do very well to learn to wait. God bless you,
Thanks, Roos. God bless!
Rest. Wait. Trust. And wait for the outcome. Wise words. I wish they were easy, but really, of all the easy stuff on Earth, what is worth it in the end? It’s the hard stuff that’s the best. The juice is worth the squeeze.
The juice is worth the squeeze! That’s great. Thanks for reading and commenting, Chip! God bless!
Waiting is so tough sometimes, especially in the midst of stress, headaches, and tears. Yet, God is always there guiding sometimes and carrying others.
I’m convinced He works best in those dreaded waiting times. Thanks, Brittany. God bless!