The Key to Finding Happiness During Periods of Waiting

As we went around and shared our prayer requests in my weekly Bible Study group I realized something: each and every one of us was waiting on something. A husband’s job offer…a baby to be born…a financial break-through…a house to be sold…a relationship to start…healing to come…and the list goes on.

What are you waiting for?

Whether we like it or not, waiting is a major part of the Christian journey and it always has been. When we look to the Bible, it seems almost every major figure was forced to wait long periods of time before God brought to pass His promises in their lives:

  • Abraham? Waiting time: 20+ years before his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child.
  • Joseph? Waiting time: 13 years before assuming the leadership of Egypt.
  • Moses? Waiting time: 40 years tending sheep before God called him to deliver His people.
  • David? Waiting time: 14 years before the throne of Israel was given to him.
  • Jesus? Waiting time: 30 years until his ministry began.

Sheesh! I don’t know about you, but this sure puts some perspective on waiting. And it reminds us that we can’t get so caught up in the thing we are waiting for that we allow it to rob us of our joy and miss out on what God is doing right in front of our noses.

I want to share an excerpt from an email my pastor in Singapore sent me as an encouragement for my waiting soul and I hope it can be for yours too:

“I remember a period of my life when I felt frustrated for a prolonged period of time. Though I was in love with Jesus and actively serving in church, I kept feeling like I was not living in God’s perfect will yet, that I was not hearing Him like I should, not experiencing Him more like I wished… Then one day God told me, ‘Enjoy the moment, treasure each encounter, savor the whole journey.  You don’t have to get there to be happy, but happily get there!’ So capture every moment and ENJOY the journey that is working out for His glory and purpose!”

We don’t have to get there to be happy. We happily get there by realizing that our joy IS Jesus with us here and now and not the destination or a desired outcome in the future.  So whatever you are waiting for my friend, trust God IS faithful and will bring it to pass in His perfect timing. In the meantime, choose to live happily in the moment and savor the journey with Him each day!

*Leave a comment and join the conversation: What are some ways you have learned to endure seasons of waiting? What does capturing every moment mean to you?

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8 Comments on “The Key to Finding Happiness During Periods of Waiting

  1. Great reminder… there is JOY in the waiting! Right now I am in a waiting (preparation season as I like to call it) season as I get ready to move to Eastern Uganda September 4th. It’s been a crazy adventure and there is so much to look forward to, but God is teaching me right now to enjoy the process and seek Him more every day!

    • Yes and amen! I too have been in a season of preparation for my next job in Princeton, New Jersey. I will be moving there Aug 1! Excited and lots to look forward to, but looking back I am so thankful God had me wait on Him and trust each step of the way.

      All the best for you sister in Uganda! Where in Uganda? My bff is in Kampala and does mission work in Mawanga. Look her her ministry up at: http://www.loverowan.com. I can connect you if you want!

      Ali

  2. Times of waiting are hard. But, like you said, it’s important to remember that God is even in the waiting. I just graduated college and I’m joining a majority of the country on the job search. Even in this very uncomfortable limbo, God is doing something. If I had my way, I would not be living in my parents’ house, 900 miles from my friends, but God has His way and this is where He’s put me, at least for now. Taking each day at a time, letting Him use me here, and praising Him while I’m waiting are very difficult but very necessary. Knowing Abraham and Sarah, David, and even Jesus waited help ease the pain.

    Katie

    • Dear Katie,

      I can TOTALLY relate to where you are at! I have been living with my parents for the past 6 months as I was in transition and also waiting on God for the next step. Though it was not what I would have picked either, let me tell you, it is SO worth the wait! God brought a job that is truly the best fit I could have ever asked for.

      He IS faithful! So be encouraged my friend…He is orchestrating all around you and has the perfect job for you. We live in His economy not the world’s so continue to live by FAITH and not by what you see!

      Keep me posted,

      Ali

  3. Excellent points and just what my heart needed to hear today, Ali! Thank you so much for reminding me that waiting and preparation are some of God’s favorite tools (even if they’re not mind, smile).

    *BTW, it might just be my computer, but it was a little hard for me to read this great post because the font is a bit etchy. Just wanted to let you know.

    • Hi Rachelle,

      Thanks for your comment! I am glad you are obeying God and waiting on Him. 🙂

      Thanks for the font tip. Maybe I’ll switch it if its not very readable! Thanks!

      Ali

  4. ‘Enjoy the moment, treasure each encounter, savor the whole journey. You don’t have to get there to be happy, but happily get there!’ So capture every moment and ENJOY the journey that is working out for His glory and purpose!”

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this, Ali. It’s exactly what God has been saying to me whenever I get anxious during this season of waiting on Him. 🙂

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