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What To Do When You’re Waiting.

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We’ve all been there at some point in our lives. The waiting game, the period between one major life event and the next. The time when we’ve got our mind set on a goal and are working tirelessly towards its realization, even when it’s hard. For you, it may be the days or weeks off between one job and the next. Or the summer between college semesters, which is both far too long and painfully short. Or it’s an engagement, anticipation for an upcoming trip, or the countdown to meeting a long-lost friend.

Whatever you find yourself “in-between” today, remember that it’s part of the process. Sure, you’ve heard that a million times, but have you found it to be true yet?

I am not the most patient person. I hate traffic, despise boredom, and generally want what I want when I want it. But let me tell you something – I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t learned to wait. After deciding to pursue missions for a longer period to see if God was calling me to the field full-time, I began an application and began to wait…and wait. I’m still waiting! I had to finish my final semester, take summer courses to officially graduate, attend missions training and pay off college debt, all within a year or less.

I was furious. Furious that my father insisted I leave debt-free. Furious that there were mounting obstacles and desperate to do the work I loved.  Throughout all of this, I’d lost sight of God. I was so obsessed with what I had to do and what I thought I could do (save the world) that I pushed aside His insistence that I stay and “be still.”  I realized that before I could preach the Gospel and take care of the physical needs of refugees, I needed to be anchored to Christ.

So if you’re in that awful ‘in-between,’ remember that Christ is an anchor for the soul. His presence surrounds you and is attentive to every joyful exultation, cry of sorrow, and hour of loneliness. There’s a huge chance He’s using this moment in your life to teach you something about Himself, yourself, or others. It can be hard, living in a country that glorifies busyness, to allow ourselves to be still and silent. But it’s worth it.

And even if you don’t think God is speaking to you right now, this time is valuable! All of the things you dreamed about while in college or trapped in a cubicle are yours to do. So write the book, take the trip, visit that café and plan the wedding. Remember that life is still good while we wait and while we don’t have it all together. Keep in mind who holds your future, and who’s working all things out for your good and His glory.

words by Andrea Weidel and photo by Ivy Hansen

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