You can see the “next” thing in your mind. You have already moved on mentally from where you are and being stuck there physically feels like being imprisoned.
In retrospect though, I can see that in those times there was some unfinished work that needed to be done before I moved on. Of course it’s much easier to see with hindsight.
The one thing you don’t want to do is take matters into your own hands and try to force things to happen before their time. I’ve tried that – it’s not pretty. You can read about it in this blog.
Most of the times that I have been in a prolonged waiting period it has been for one of these three reasons.
1. There was something I still needed to learn before I was ready for the “next thing”
Waiting is often a character building and testing time. It is easy to shine when we are getting exactly what we want and desire but in those times when we are waiting we are developing character that will help sustain us once we get there. Ask God to show you exactly what He wants you to learn in the limbo time.
2. Someone else needed me right where I was (and it wasn’t all about me – imagine that!?!)
It could be that you are in a holding pattern because there is someone right where you are who needs the hope that you have. Look for opportunities right where you are to finish out that season strong. I remember longing to begin FTGI and start ministering to women but I was stuck working in a job that didn’t give me much time to devote to it. Praying on my drive to work one morning I felt God whisper – start right where you are. When I got to work a young girl and I started chatting and she asked if we could meet for coffee because she thought she could learn from me. Ministry was right in front of me and I was overlooking it, anxious to move on.
3. Whatever I was moving on to was not ready for me yet.
My daughter’s adoption always comes to mind when I think of waiting. When I was “ready” to have my baby already and so “done” with the waiting, I still had a year to go. Now I know it was because she had not even been born yet. Thank God that in His providence He did not grant my wish for it to happen sooner. There is no doubt that she is my child and I would have waited even longer just for her!
Sometimes it’s one of these, sometimes two and it could be all three but know that there is something being accomplished in your waiting time and it is not in vain.
Let patience have it’s perfect work (James 1:4) One day soon you will mount up with wings and FLY!