Beauty in the waiting
I wonder if we are always waiting for something. As a Christian I know I am waiting for the return of Christ. But I wonder if in our everyday lives we are always waiting for something we want to come along?
Something that once that happens, everything will be better and we spend our time looking for that moment on the horizon.
God brought the phrase ‘Beauty in the waiting’ to my mind over the last year. How much of my life have I waited for the time when something better will come along? In that time of waiting – how much have I missed out on – by viewing that waiting time, as a necessary evil to get what I truly want! We live in a society that is always telling us that we can get what we want when we want it. Everything is instant and now! Are we actually missing out on the joy and beauty of waiting?
My waiting is marriage – once I’m married then it’ll all be ok and I’ll be happier and content. Now maybe I will get married, but maybe I won’t – but I do know that I don’t want to waste my life waiting. I want to find beauty in it and know my loving father in it.
During this time of waiting for something that I have been praying about for a long time – God has drawn close to me and has shown his love for me. It is in this time of waiting that we can fully rely on our Father. I can choose to be happy and content with where I am at the moment, even if I am still waiting for something. I can choose to see the multitude of blessings that God has surrounded me with, instead of the things I don’t have.
I know that waiting isn’t always easy, and there are difficult times where frustration, anger and upset become our forefront emotions. But during those times I encourage you to draw near to God and he promises that he will draw near to us. He doesn’t promise us an easy life where we get everything we want. But in him he does promise a fulfilling life and promises never ever to leave our side.
Helen Young is a youth worker based in Kent. She loves encouraging young people to see their full potential in God and his love for them. Helen drinks insane amounts of tea and loves a good costume drama.