Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7a)

If you took an informal poll of your family and friends, what might they say is the hardest “virtue” for them? I’m guessing that one you’d hear over and over is patience. I don’t think I’ve met many people who are naturally patient. I’ve never seen a baby patiently wait to be fed. Toddlers rarely wait patiently for their turn to play with a toy. Teenagers want what they want and they want it now. Adults aren’t much different.

If we’re not physically wired to wait, why would God often ask us to do so? There must be something in the waiting that is significant, something it can teach us.

Waiting might be a time to learn silence in order to hear God’s voice. 
Waiting might be when God teaches us we need help from others.
Waiting might be a time to dream and discover what God wants for us.
Waiting might be a time to draw closer to our family and friends as a support system.
Waiting might help us better appreciate whatever it is we waited for.

Are you in a season of waiting? Then use this as a time of expectation and hope, not restlessness or unhappiness. Remember that God is always at work for good in our lives. He wants the very best for us, so rest today in Him, and find joy in the expectation. It will all be worth it!

Father, help me be still and wait for whatever You are doing in my life. You are good and Your timing is perfect. Teach me patience in the waiting and joy in the expectation. Amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.