Like most Believers, you've probably heard the phrase "The Lord works in mysterious ways" more times than you can count.
But what does that mean? It means you don't always know how God will bring about his plans and accomplish His will.
What is a waiting season?
A waiting season is what many people refer to as a time in life when you're not where you used to be, but you haven't arrived at the destination of your desires quite yet.
Often this looks like being single far past what you believe to be your healing stage —or waiting to get married, pregnant, healthier, or start a new career.
Anything you're going through that feels like God's not answering your prayers could be a waiting season.
I believe when we don't get what we want, how we want it, and when we want it- that's God's protection because a gift given too soon can become a travesty.
A waiting period, whether you're waiting to hear about an employment offer or you're waiting to hear from your doctor about the results of an important test, can be an anxiety-inducing time. But it doesn't have to be! Keep reading to learn five ways to keep your faith in God during your waiting season and emerge even stronger and more faithful than before.
4 ways to keep your faith in God during your waiting season and emerge even stronger and more faithful than before.
1. Allow growth to become
I'd waited years for the opportunity to design the ultimate dream wedding, like the ones in bridal magazines you flip through as you stand in line at the grocery store.
Ironically, the day the one bride that would change how I did business called to book me, I almost begged her to book with someone else.
See in my head. I was helping her.
Besides, she was thousands of miles away- connected to much larger cities than I.
She sternly assured me that she was aware of her options and was choosing me.
Ok! Lordt! Let's do this.
My team and I prepared, planned, and boarded the plane to deliver what most people would say was a breathtaking moment for the bride, the groom, and all their guests to rave about for years to come.
Down to the day of my flight, I was waiting for someone to pinch me so I would wake up from a dream. All my staff and decorations were packed and ready to board —-while I sat looking at my overflowing suitcase.
I couldn't close it.
My son snatched the bag up, and we headed out the door to a seamless and amazing experience.
Was I scared, yes? Was I ready, yes?
I had been preparing to have the capacity for what I'd prayed for -for quite some time.
Though the preparation brought more blood, sweat, tears, and embarrassing moments than I wanted- it forced me to boss up on all levels of my life, so now I was ready.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you've prayed to be.
2. Learn to control the "controllable."
One of the best things you can do during your waiting period is to take care of yourself.
Stressing out won't make the waiting go any faster. It might even make it seem to last longer.
Things you can always control:
Waiting can feel dreadful at times. But it doesn't mean you can't find ways to keep your spirits up while on the other side of things. Instead of lamenting what you don't have, celebrate what you do with gratitude.
Life only moves forward, after all!
Be patient as if waiting for someone else. This season is a growth opportunity, and in the end, you'll be stronger than before.
3. Create quality connections
Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued. The connection allows one to become happier in life by gaining sustenance and strength from those relationships; it also helps others become more confident in themselves. It's also about giving and receiving without judgment or fear of rejection.
It's easy to start feeling disconnected when things are going well—but don't let yourself fall into isolation!
4. Let go of anything that's currently weighing you down
Sometimes you don’t feel the weight of what you’ve been carrying until
you let it go.
Sounds crazy, huh?
I know it sounds cliché, but one of the most effective ways to stay positive while waiting is to focus on what you already have instead of what's missing. That way, no matter how tough the wait gets, at least there's some sense that something good will come out of all this hard work eventually. Waiting sometimes sucks but trust me when I say every second was worth it because they helped mold me into a person strong enough to handle whatever life threw my way. Remembering patience doesn't only apply when dealing with other people either—allow yourself the grace you give so freely to others!
So, whether you're in a season of waiting or just seeking answers, remember that God is with you every step of the way. Share these words of inspiration with your group chat or your Facebook friends!